On September 25th 2013, campus students and staff as well as community members gathered in the NOTL Courtyard to celebrate the 7th annual Green Day event. This year’s theme was “Living Local,” in support of all of the local sustainable and environmental businesses and organizations, helping to strengthen relationships in the Niagara Region.
There were over twenty-five vendors participating this year who are involved actively in environmental and community based stewardship in a variety of ways including activism, engagement and engagement. Some of the main features of this year’s event included all of the diverse vendors, a wildlife demonstration from Niagara College’s Dave Gibson and his birds of prey, a reuse sale, silent raffle and raffle draw, an electronic waste collection, local food vendors and a variety of sustainability workshops.
This year, the workshops included:
Trout Unlimited fly fishing workshop,
Sustainably Ours, Living Local sessions,
Paddle Niagara’s Stand up Paddle demonstrations,
Niagara Environmental Corps. Campus Tours
Community CarShare’s sustainable transportation talks, and
SkyHunter’s Birds of Prey
In addition to the workshops, for the first time ever, the NEC were fortunate enough to have a local farmer, Mark Houtby come and set up for the day. Mark Houtby is a MYPICK verified, LOCAL FARMER, meaning everything that is available at his stand in the market has come straight from his own farm. He can be spotted at the Saturday Farmer’s Market in St. Catharines, weekly and grows award winning Gladiolas, and a variety of seasonal vegetables.
This year, in support of local food and sustainable product sourcing, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute and Mathay Café were the food vendors of the event.
The success of the event can be attributed to many of the people that have been involved in the event planning, to the volunteers, guests and of course, the vendors. Olga Eizhvertina, an Environmental Technician student, acted as Green Day Coordinator, and began planning this event in July. She successfully launched the Living Local theme and helped to make sure everything ran smoothly for the guests and volunteers.
The Niagara Environmental Corps. always participates in running the main attractions of Green Day, and also participates in talking to all of the vendors. Having this event take place in September is a great way to break the ice with classmates, new friends, and get started on networking with organizations and businesses in Niagara and learning about how they can get involved.