September, 2019
EARTHCARE THUNDER BAY NEWS
Promoting community events, information, and opportunities that improve or promote the sustainability and livability of Thunder Bay.
Top l-r: Jacob Porter, Lynn Duffield, Amy Coomes 
Botton l-r: Margaret Wanlin, Shannon Costigan (Vice-Chair), Councillor Andrew Foulds (Chair), Michelle Warywoda, Councillor Kristen Oliver, Lynae Grace; 
Missing: Linday Galway, Sandy Stiles, Jane Todd
EarthCare Advisory Committee of Council
The EarthCare Advisory Committee (EAC) of Council guides EarthCare and the implementation of the  EarthCare Sustainability Plan 2014-2020 . These champions are integral in maintaining the momentum of EarthCare. They meet monthly, and their minutes are reviewed by City Council on a regular basis. 

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: 
EVENTS
Saturday, September 7 & Sunday, September 8
Treasure Exchange Days
Do you have gently-used items you no longer need, or are you searching for that one-of-a-kind treasure? The City’s popular Treasure Exchange Days return on September 7 and 8!

Simply leave any items you wish to give away that are in good condition on the curb any time after 5 pm on Friday, September 6, labelled “free”. You can also post your items and location on social media using the hashtag  #TbayTreasureDays  to be able to share and explore treasures throughout Thunder Bay!

For more information, visit:  www.thunderbay.ca/treasuredays
Saturday, September 7, 12 - 4 pm
Rain Garden Tours
Attend a free, self-guided tour of rain gardens in Thunder Bay!

Rain gardens are landscaped depressions that soak up rainwater runoff from the roof of a house or other hard surface, instead of flowing into storm drains that empty into our local streams.

See what Thunder Bay residents and property owners are doing to manage stormwater and naturalize urban spaces. Chat with rain garden hosts about the rain garden rebate program and learn what you can do, too!

Register for free online on EventBrite
Tuesday, September 17, 7 pm
Staying out of Hot Water
Brodie Library Fireside Reading Room
How does a changing climate affect water? How does water affect a changing climate? And how does this affect flooding in Thunder Bay?

Explore the science connections between climate, water, and weather emergencies at this Science Literacy Week event with Jacob Porter, the City of Thunder Bay’s Climate Adaptation Coordinator.

Learn what it means to be climate resilient, and what you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your to stay safe in the storms to come!
Saturday, September 21, 10 am - 3 pm
E-Waste Recycling Event
Saturday, September 21, 2:30 pm
Beeswax Wrap Workshop with Ocean Bridge
Mary J. L. Black Library Community Program Room
Come to Mary J. L Black library for this Science Literacy Week event to learn about water health, plastic pollution, and Ocean Bridge with 2019 Ocean Bridge Cohort members Caitlyn Harvey and Erin Van Breda!

Then, they'll lead a beeswax wrap workshop to help you reduce your own plastic footprint!

All materials will be provided, and the workshop is free.

Please register beginning September 7 in person, by phone or online on Thunder Bay Public Library's calendar.  
Monday, September 23, 8:30 am - 4 pm
Lake Superior Climate Change Symposium
Join Lakehead University for a day of learning about climate change and Lake Superior! There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Find more information and register on InfoSuperior's website .
STORIES
Take a Bag, Leave a Bag Program
The Take A Bag, Leave A Bag program created by local students is up and running at 5 groceries stores!

Please consider taking your extra reusable bags to Westfort Foods, Renco Foods, or No Frills locations and drop them in the bins to help keep the program going smoothly. You can also drop your bags at EcoSuperior's Red River Rd. office if you can't get to the bins.
INFORMATION
Transit Month Ontario
CLIMATE CHANGE PHOTO OF THE MONTH
We're on the edge of irreversible consequences
"We need to protect our planet the same way we would our loved ones.

This picture is of a place that I love and would hate to see impacted by climate change but without action now we are asking for consequences.

Ultimately we need to choose all actions by LOVE."

Take two minutes to share your own photo message about climate change in the Thunder Bay region at: ClimateChangeTBay.com
ENVIRO TIP
Pack a waste free lunch!
Whether you're back to school or in the working world, a waste-free lunch is the way to go!

By using washable cutlery along with reusable food and drink containers, you can reduce your daily waste. As an added bonus, less packaged, processed foods can lead to healthier lunches!

Waste-free lunches can be a healthy choice for you and the environment!
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.