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Discover How Easy it is to be Green at the 3rd Annual Our Greener Side Celebration

May 25, 2011


For Immediate Release

(TORONTO, May 25, 2011)

Celebrate the ultimate in green living at Our Greener Side Celebration, a one-day environmentally-friendly festival taking place at the Kortright Centre for Conservation.  This family-oriented event will bring together more than 50 eco-friendly exhibitors and vendors, the newest electric vehicles, eco-activities and expert speakers to show how easy it is to embrace a green lifestyle.

This free event takes place on Saturday, May 28 and will feature activities and engaging demonstrations, all designed to help residents from York Region and other GTA communities live sustainably.  It will showcase environmental and sustainability programs and services offered by a variety of organizations.

Since its inception in May 2009, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and The Regional Municipality of York continue to be the driving forces behind the event.


WHEN:                       Saturday, May 28, 2011 

                                    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:                     Kortright Centre for Conservation     

                                    9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge

COST:                                    Admission and event parking are free

ACTIVITIES:              Please visit for complete details and list of participating exhibitors and vendors

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.         - Bird house building

                                 - Green crafts corner

                                 - Tree planting

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.          - Geocaching

                                  - Pond dipping

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.          - Canadian Peregrine Foundation barn visit


GUIDED TOURS:      Guided tours to take place throughout the day

 Archetype Sustainable House Tour: 

10:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 1:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.

Power Trip Trail Tour:

10:30 a.m. / 12 p.m. / 1:30 p.m.

Farm Tour:

11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.

 Wetland Tour:

  11:30 a.m. / 1 p.m. / 2: 30 p.m.  

MAIN STAGE:           Main Stage activities take place throughout the day

Earth Rangers: 

11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - Meet three of Earth Rangers' animal ambassadors and learn how you can take action to help Bring Back the Wild!

Sultans of String:

12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - Enjoy the musical stylings of this JUNO-nominated group!

Sciensational Sssnakes!!

1 p.m. - Learn about some of Ontario's native reptiles and get a chance for an up-close and personal encounter with these amazing creatures!


Community Lakes and Rivers:

10:30 a.m. - The Water in Our Backyards with CH2M HILL's Vanessa Chau

A Consumer's Guide to Purchasing a Solar Energy System:

11 a.m. - Get the inside scoop with TRCA's Alex Waters

 Ecological Living:

12 p.m. - Going Green, Room by Room with environmental journalist Candice Batista

Gardening Using Nature's Principles:

1 p.m. - Learn to make the most of your landscape with gardening expert Ed Lawrence

Eat, Live, Local, Sustainable:

2 p.m. - Join local chef Jason Inniss and learn how to go green from the inside-out

WORKSHOP SERIES:   Kermit was wrong; It is easy being green

 Greening Vaughan

 11 a.m. - Guest presenter Chris Wolnik

  Living Sustainably with LED Lighting

   12 p.m. - Guest presenter Ed Evans

   All About Green Building Materials

    1 p.m. - Guest presenter Christopher Phillips


Here Comes the Sun: Opportunities in Solar and the Ontario Feed-In Tariff Program

2 p.m. - Guest presenter Mathew Bertin

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at or

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit

For more information on Water for Tomorrow, please visit

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