April 14, 2005

York Region celebrates Earth Week April 18 to 23

NEWMARKET - York Region joins the world in celebrating Earth Week from April 18 to 23, 2005. This year, more than 6 million Canadians and 500 million people in over 180 countries will celebrate what is considered to be the largest environmental event worldwide.
There are lots of activities planned, including:
Spring Forest Festival – York Regional Forest
Saturday, April 23 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Residents are invited to participate in the Spring Forest Festival at the North Tract of the York Regional Forest on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  Plant a tree or learn how to identify different tree species. The North Tract is located at 17054 Hwy 48, approximately 1.5 kilometers south of Davis Drive on the west side of Hwy 48. Bring your gloves and a shovel.
Earth Week Displays – York Region Administrative Centre
Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22 – 8:30am to 4:30pm
During Earth Week, residents are invited to drop by the Great Hall of the York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street in Newmarket, to see displays and learn more about the many environmental programs, studies and initiatives that the Region is currently undertaking to create a healthier environment, including:
• 20/20 The Way to Clean Air 
• Anti-Idling Campaign
• Pesticides Reduction Awareness
• Solid Waste Reduction
• Water Conservation, and
• much more
Also on display will be all of the Earth Week Photo Contest entries. This year, York Region Staff and Windfall Ecology Centre employees and their families were invited to participate in the Environment in Focus photo contest. The theme for the contest is “York Air. Your Actions.”  The winning entries will be announced during Earth Week.
This Earth Week, York Region is encouraging residents to participate in the 20/20 The Way to Clean Air promotion. The two key objectives of the program are to lower home energy and transportation costs and to reduce air pollutants that contribute to smog and climate change. For more information on the 20/20 The Way to Clean Air program and to order a free 20/20 Planner go to http:/www.toronto.ca/health/2020/ or call toll free 1-866-583-2020.
While at the Administrative Centre, visitors can pick up a seedling to plant in honour of Earth Week. Seedlings are available on a first come first serve basis. Visitors can also enter the Eco-trivia contest in the Great Hall.
Each of us can make a difference in the environmental health of our world. This year, residents are asked to consider the theme of “York Air. Your Actions.”  We can each do our part to help reduce air pollutants that contribute to smog and climate change.
By focusing on simple changes to reduce your energy use, you can help make a significant improvement to air quality in York Region. For example, compact fluorescent lightbulbs use 75 % less energy than a standard lightbulb and last up to 10 times longer. You can save approximately 35 dollars in energy costs over the life of a compact fluorescent lightbulb and avoid the cost of replacing bulbs.
For information on York Region Earth Week activities or other health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
National Earth Day is April 22nd. For details on national Earth Day activities, visit www.earthday.ca


Contact:  Kim Clark, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 Ext. 4101

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