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Green Initiatives at Loyalist College

April 07, 2011

Members of the Loyalist College community are being encouraged to participate in a Campus Clean-up day on Friday, April 8th. In cooperation with second-year Waste Management students in the Environmental Studies program, the clean-up initiative resulted from collaboration between the College’s Respectful College Community Committee and the Sustainability Committee.

The clean-up event is a kick-start to a green weekend as the College hosts the Living Green in Quinte Trade Show & Expo on Saturday, April 9th. The Expo, which is sponsored by local businesses, will showcase over 50 businesses and organizations promoting green products and services. The trade show begins at 10 a.m. and will provide guests with information and demonstrations that include backyard maple syrup production, the basics of vermicomposting, how to maintain renewable energy systems, and much more. Admission to the trade show is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door of the Loyalist College Kente Building. Pre-registration is required for workshops (visit www.quintesustainability.ca for more information).

The College’s Centre for Early Childhood Education (CECE) is looking forward to the upcoming green weekend—one of the Saturday workshops is a garden session entitled Community & Backyard Food Garden Design & Creation, which will be presented by David Riley. Described as a family friendly session, the creation of a sheet mulch garden on the grounds of the CECE will be the first step in the planting of a native plant garden that will be taken care of by the Centre’s children, staff and parents. The idea for the garden project took root when one of the parents, Sara Emons, connected the CECE with the organizers of Living Green in Quinte.

“The project presents an opportunity for children to explore an outdoor classroom and form connections to the environment through a wide variety of subjects,” said Jennifer deGroot, Manager of the Centre for Early Childhood Education. “The garden will be made up exclusively of flora that existed in our region prior to European settlement. Planting a native garden will help to maintain the natural diversity of plant life in our region.” Beatte Heissler from the Natural Themes Plant Nursery has generously donated the plants for the Centre’s garden.

The event continues on Sunday, April 10th with the Prince Edward County Living Green Bus Tour. Pre-registration is required for the Sunday event. Information about the Living Green in Quinte Trade Show & Expo can be found at www.quintesustainability.ca.

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Media Contact:  Edina Cappuccitti, College Advancement & External Relations, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2392; ecappuccitti@loyalistc.on.ca

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