Vernon hosts environment week

Vernon, Regional District of North Okanagan and local groups, are marking Environment Week from Sunday until Saturday

It’s time to celebrate the environment.

The City of Vernon, along with the Regional District of North Okanagan and local groups, are marking Environment Week from Sunday until Saturday.

“They will provide a variety of fun and educational events and activities for youths, family and the community,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, with the City of Vernon.

Monday: Biodiversity Day – Visit the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and participate in the community photo tree project. Mention Biodiversity Day for free admission. More information can be found at www.abnc.ca

Tuesday: Water Awareness Day – Visit the Xerindipity Garden in Polson Park and attend a xeriscape workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. to learn about waterwise gardening and for a chance to win an irrigation controller.

Wednesday: Clean Air Day – Celebrate National Clean Air Day with free transit all day and a free continental breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the downtown transit exchange at Cenotaph Park.

Thursday: Sustainability at the Market – Visit the education station at the Vernon Farmers’ Market at Kal Tire Place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about responsible consumption and for free prizes.

Friday: Waste Reduction Day – Win a free composter by submitting your waste reduction activities during Environment Week. E-mail recycle@rdno.ca to enter your submission.

As part of Environment Week, the city has also announced the winners of its 2016 Sustainability Awards.

The sustainable business award went to Venture Training and Ed Columbus, while the  community sustainability award went to the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Corbin Kelley, a Vernon Community School student, received the youth initiatives award from the city.