Edmonton is full of great sustainable products, services and ideas. The Environment Week Edmonton team has hand-selected the best Edmonton has to offer you for this interactive day. With information and activities for adults & kids, there is something for everyone.
Take a look at some of the fun activities for both kids & adults at the Environment Week Edmonton Kickoff!
Then tell us which activity you’re looking forward to the most!
Serve Pedal up a Smoothie
The fun team at Music Is A Weapon will be bringing down some choice ingredients & a couple of blenders for you to whip up a smoothie to keep you refreshed as you tour the festival activities.
Oh, we should mention that we don’t have any plug-ins for them. So you’ll get to blend your own smoothie by pedaling away on a stationary bike to power the blender!
Play Jeopardy & Blow Bubbles
Are you a clean-air know-it-all? Let the Clean Air Strategic Alliance put you to the test. Not only will you get to prove you really are an eco-knowledge smarty-pants, but you’ll get to blow bubbles to prove it!
Fun Crafts, Live Bugs & Prizes!
Just try keeping the kids away from Tiny Labs, where they will be entertaining the little ones with tables full of green-crafts, live bug specimens and a chance to win some prizes!
Paint the Monster Mural
AMA’s Drive Green Team will be debuting their brand new Monster Mural at the kick-off. This GIANT colouring page is 12′ wide and 5′ tall, featuring scenery from neighbourhoods and across Alberta! They’ll also have fuel saving tips & calculators, and a tire pressure demo for the adults to try out.
Get your bike ready for Summer
The University of Alberta’s Sustain SU team is sending out the best techs from their Bike Library to help you make sure your bicycle gets the right check-over it needs for a safe & happy cycling season! They’ll also be helping to show you just how easy it is to load your bike onto the bike racks attached to Edmonton Transit buses, as one of the fleet’s most eco-friendly units will be joining us for the day!
Sample a Segway
Curious about the other two-wheel transport that we see more and more of around the city? We have your answer, as River Valley Adventures will be providing you the chance to sample a Segway yourself! Come and try out their mini-course and see just how much fun these rides can be.
Green up your Home & Shift how you Travel
Tour the City of Edmonton‘s outdoor living room, finding easy ways to can green up your own house. Then, learn how easy it is to keep being green as you travel through the city. You will be amazed how small changes in your travel can have big impacts on the environment.
Commit to making One Simple Act
Changing the world doesn’t have to mean a big change in your life. The University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability will help you find what small change you can make in your life to help keep Edmonton Sustainable. To give you a head start they’ll also have reusable produce bags available to green up your trip to the grocery store.
Know Before You Throw
What is recyclable? What isn’t? Can I recycle my Tim Horton’s coffee cup? What about wrapping paper? Edmonton’s Waste Management recycling gurus will be on hand to answer your questions, and play a spin-to-win game!
You can Craft with That!
Crafting is a big part of keeping kids entertained during some of our colder months, but buying craft kits & supplies can become expensive and tiring. The Reuse Centre volunteers can show you how to start crafting with everyday items, and will be bringing supplies from their warehouse to help get you started to crafting at home and reducing your waste!
Plant one… In your yard
Is your yard looking a little bare? Alberta Sustainable Resource Development is going to be bringing their tree seedlings to the Environment Week Kickoff so you can have your own year-round air freshener at home. They’ll also be helping you learn about how the City and the Environment meet, with information on Wildfires, BearSmart, and Urban Coyote, as well as some animal hides and skulls.
The price of power isn’t going to go down. If only there was some kind of renewable, reliable energy source that we could utilize at home to help us save money and help the environment too. Oh, wait…
Need to learn more about Solar power? We have the answers. That Solar Place will be on site with samples of everything solar, from solar panels for your home, to solar-power flashlights, back packs and more gear.
The Eco Solar Tour will be answering questions and providing information about the 2012 EcoSolar Home and Commercial tours. Want to see what some of the most sustainable homes & businesses in Edmonton look like? Do not miss this tour.
We’ll also be visited by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta, who will be able to tell you about what is being done with Solar power across the province.
Green-ify your home with your next home project
If you are building, renovating, or just giving your home a facelift, Inside Image Design & Renovation are professionals who specialize in making sure that their clients have the best options in Sustainable building supplies. Let them show you how your home can be as green as you are.
Check out the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Eco-Car
Fresh off of their second place finish at the International Shell Eco-Marathon and gearing up to attend the Global Green Race in Australia, The University of Alberta’s Eco Car is back in Edmonton as its team of dedicated students make more refinements to their hydrogen-powered car.
Come down, see the car, and learn more about the amazing and challenging journey these students have undertaken as they pursue their passion about promoting environmental responsibility and actively contributing to a more sustainable tomorrow.
Leave the clippings on the lawn
Save some time and a lot of bending by learning about Grasscycling, and we don’t mean trading in your Toro for a goat. Learn about why you should leave the clippings on your lawn as you mow. Grass makes up almost half of all residential waste at this time of year so Grasscycling is an easy & effective way to reduce waste. It also saves time and money and helps the lawn to grow and stay healthy.
The City of Edmonton Grasscycling team will also show you how you can enter to win a new mulching mower!
Green Stories that Inspire
Can green really make a difference? Are there people taking action, or is it all just talk? Get the stories from hundreds of real people and companies that have made a difference by being green.
- Landmark Group of Builders, Edmonton, Saved $800 a month for sustainable waste management.
- CDI College introduced iPads and eTextbooks for new students, replacing paper-made Textbooks and learning materials, saving the planet from the cutting of trees, use of chemicals and pollution as a result of paper production.
- Children in South Africa test out the sOccket, a soccer ball that generates and stores electricity during normal game play and used to provide light at night.
Learn more about these stories, and Green Crusader’s collection of inspiring green stories at the Environment Week Edmonton kick off on June 2nd.
The Zeitgeist Team
The Zeitgeist Team will be with at the kick off, with educational activities and crafts for kids and adults alike. Their thought-provoking exercises and passion for change will have you looking at everything just a little bit differently.
See you at the Kickoff!