Friday, March 15, 2013

Take a Green Journey on Saturday, March 23

On Saturday, March 23 Guelph residents will be treated to a fun day featuring two festivals and an ecomarket, all focused around the issue of sustainable living. All events occur downtown, so it'll be easy to walk from one to another. Here are the three events at a glance, along with a brief introductory video. More information on each event follows below.
  • The Resilience Festival offers activities and speakers that reflect on the social and environmental progress of our community, and will take place at St. George's Church.
  • The H2O Go Festival focuses on issues related to water, and will take place at City Hall from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • The Ecomarket features exhibits with products, services, and technologies and workshops to help people live in a environmentally-sound way, and will take place in Old Quebec Street Shoppes.

For more information on each event, read on!

The Resilience Festival

To celebrate our community’s progress, we are holding our third Resilience Festival, Resilience 2013: A Community Festival, with keynote speakers on Friday, March 22, 2013 and festival activities on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at St. George’s Anglican Church halls. This event provides an opportunity for organizations, businesses, families, and individuals to build community, learn together, and celebrate their social and environmental commitment to our community.

The festival will include:
  • Keynote speakers Richard Heinberg and Helena Nodge-Horberg on March 22nd.      
  • Health and sustainable building symposium.
  • Skill-building demonstration market.
  • "Stuff Swap" cash-free market. Bring something and take something!
  • Community Connections Fair for organizations to showcase their projects.
  • Earth Hour candlelight potluck, poetry slam, and concert--our most popular event.

This year’s Canada Water Week will run from March 18-24, 2013, with the theme “I Love my Water Body: Engaging Communities for Living Waters.”

For the 2013 week-long event, the City of Guelph is partnering with the University of Guelph’s School of Engineering to host the first ever H2O GO Festival: An Engaging Celebration of Water at Guelph City Hall on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family-friendly day will include engaging programming, interactive displays, information booths, children’s activities, as well as thought sharing through art and science with educational activities for people of all ages. The day will also include free workshops on greywater reuse, rainwater harvesting and efficient landscaping. Admission is free.

Bridging both Festivals, the Ecomarket will take place in Old Quebec Street Shoppes to showcase thirty-plus exhibitors with leading-edge ideas, green products and services, and technologies that can help citizens take steps to live lighter every day. Free workshops run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., with topics including net zero city, smart controls for your home, residential solar hot water and rooftop solar, edible food forests, making sense of renewable energy in Ontario, community car sharing, and healthy landscape design.

There's lots to do in Guelph on March 23--take a trip downtown and start your Green Journey!

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