April, 2019
EARTHCARE THUNDER BAY NEWS
Promoting community events, information, and opportunities that improve or promote the sustainability and livability of Thunder Bay.
WORKING GROUPS
Get involved and join a working group!  Working Groups are the horsepower that help to achieve the goals set out in the EarthCare Sustainability Plan . The following working groups are active: 
INTRODUCTION
New Climate Adaptation Coordinator
Jacob Porter is Earthcare’s new Climate Adaptation Coordinator! He will be working to prepare the city of Thunder Bay for tomorrow’s climate.
 
Jacob has degrees in biology and science communication from Laurentian University, where he researched climate impacts in First Nation communities. His previous work with Science North and volunteering with Ocean Bridge has given him considerable experience designing and presenting science and environmental outreach to a variety of audiences across Northern Ontario.
EVENTS
Thursday, April 5, 10 am - 2 pm
Bicycles for Humanity Spring Bike Sale
The Thunder Bay Chapter of Bicycles for Humanity is holding their fundraising spring bike sale this Thursday at 10 am, in front of the Chancellor Paterson Library on Lakehead University campus. Find a new bike for the spring, and support a worthy cause at the same time!

Find Bicycles for Humanity - Thunder Bay on Facebook, and learn more about Bicycles for Humanity here
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 pm
Northwood: Greening Your Ground with EcoSuperior
Get ready to add interesting, innovative and beautiful design elements to your yard! This workshop will show you cost-effective projects that improve drainage, reduce runoff flowing into storm drains, add functional appeal to your property and support native biodiversity. If you are curious about rain gardens or rain barrels, this workshop is for you!

This event will take place at Agnew H Johnston Public School, and will discuss current program incentives, including the Rain Garden Rebate and the Drainage Rebate Program.

Sign up on Eventbrite here.
Saturday April 13, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists iNaturalist workshop
iNaturalist is a global citizen science app/program based on photo documentation designed to assist with biogeographical research. It is also a useful teaching and learning tool.

This is a free beginner workshop introducing you to converting your existing and new photographs into useful scientific data.

Find out more information from Thunder Bay Field naturalists here.
Monday April 15
Last day to apply to be a Safe Cycling Thunder Bay Instructor!
Safe Cycling Thunder Bay is looking for passionate people who want to teach others how to ride safely. Join our fantastic team of 30+ certified cycling instructors! 

With funding from the City of Thunder Bay, we are proud to offer CAN-BIKE Instructor training free of cost. The total value of this training is $1,000.

Applications are due by Monday April 15, and instructor training begins Friday, April 26.

Learn more about the opportunity on Safe Cycling Thunder Bay's website.
Monday, April 22, 12 pm - 2 pm
Earth Day & March 4 Mother Earth
April 22 is Earth Day!

Use it as an opportunity to learn about and discuss the environment, take environmentally conscious decisions, and maybe march to show your support for environmental action with the March 4 Mother Earth, starting at 12 pm at Shopper's Drug Mart at 1186 Memorial Ave.
Check out the event page and discussion on Facebook.
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
County Park: Greening Your Ground with EcoSuperior
Get ready to add interesting, innovative and beautiful design elements to your yard! This workshop will show you cost-effective projects that improve drainage, reduce runoff flowing into storm drains, add functional appeal to your property and support native biodiversity. If you are curious about rain gardens or rain barrels, this workshop is for you!

This event will take place at Our Lady of Charity Catholic Elementary School, and will discuss current program incentives, including the Rain Garden Rebate and the Drainage Rebate Program. Sign up on Eventbrite here.
Monday, April 29, 7 pm
Thunder Bay Field Naturalists' General Meeting
The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists are holding their final general meeting of the spring, and are hosting two speakers, Saille Bishop-Legowski and Melisa Davidson. The meeting starts at 7 pm sharp, and you can find more information here.
Permafrost, here! 
Saille Bishop-Legowski, MSc. in Geography at Carleton University, will talk about how special ground conditions can support permafrosts in Ouimet Canyon and Ruby Lake Provincial Parks, despite being just a few kilometres from Lake Superior.
Invasive Plant Species: a Thunder Bay Perspective. 
Melisa Davidson, Invasive Species Intern with Eco-superior is working on a strategy to address invasive species in the Lakehead. She will identify some of the highest profile invasive species in the Thunder Bay area but emphasize invasive plant species we should be aware of and concerned about around Thunder Bay.  
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 pm
Rain Garden Workshop with EcoSuperior
This free, two-hour workshop will engage participants in understanding what a rain garden is, its benefits, the main principles of rain garden installation and care, landscaping materials and details of the rain garden rebate program. Group work involving a basic rain garden design is a component of the workshop.

Homeowners in the City of Thunder Bay may be eligible to get up to $500 back through the Rain Garden Rebate program funded by the City of Thunder Bay.

All rain garden rebate applicants must first attend one workshop training to be eligible to apply to the Rain Garden Rebate program.

The workshops take place at the new Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering and Sciences Building at Lakehead University. Sign up on Eventbrite here .
June 2nd-8th
Commuter Challenge
The Commuter Challenge is not until June, but now is the time to start organizing your workplace to participate and challenge other workplaces!

Sign up your workplace and learn more about the Commuter Challenge at commuterchallenge.ca!
UPCOMING TRAINING
Tuesday, April 23 & Wednesday, April 24
Low Impact Development (LID) Inspection and Maintenance Training
More information on the training and registration can be found here.
INFORMATION
Climate Pollution: Reducing my Footprint
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Today, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, released a new report; Climate Pollution: Reducing My Footprint.

Climate change is an urgent threat, and we must dramatically reduce the climate pollution we cause. The publication shows how our lifestyle choices contribute to global climate pollution, and outlines what actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
CLIMATE CHANGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Increased Snow

"Changing weather patterns have increased the amount of snow fall. Excess amounts of snow can contribute to runoff pollution as there can be greater amounts of salt within these snow banks."

Take two minutes to share your own photo message about climate change in the Thunder Bay region at Climatechangetbay.com
ENVIRO TIP
Decorate Eggs Sustainably

Do you want a greener way to decorate Easter eggs? Use natural dyes derived from various food items such as beets, purple cabbage, blueberries, and spices. You can find recipes for these colourful dyes from Treehugger here.

Don’t want to waste the egg? Pierce holes on both ends of the shell, blow out the contents, and make scrambled eggs!
GUIDING DOCUMENTS
We need a healthy environment to have a healthy economy and society.

EarthCare Thunder Bay is a partnership between the City of Thunder Bay and the Community to work together on issues of community sustainability.