Citizens encouraged to participate in Environment Week

Red Deerians can follow the green brick road to Environment Week June 2 to 6, and bring a bagged lunch to the Red Deer Public Library (RDPL) to learn about the latest in environmental trends and initiatives.

The City of Red Deer and RDPL are co-hosting the Lunch Bag Seminar Series at the Downtown (Snell Auditorium) and Dawe branches every day of Environment Week.

On June 2, an ‘Aquaponics: Growing Fish and Plants Together’ seminar will take place. Learn about this local food production system and how it compares to other growing methods. Rene Michalak, project lead of ReThink Red Deer will host this seminar.

On June 3, a seminar entitled ‘Pollinators’ will educate folks who join about pollinators and why they’re so important. Bill Heinsen of the Red Deer River Naturalists will lead the discussion.

On June 4, a seminar called ‘Dark Skies: What are they? Why are they important?’ will educate those who join to understand light pollution and the economic, social and environmental benefits of dark skies. Todd Nivens, environmental educator of the Waskasoo Environmental Education Society will host this seminar.

On June 5, folks can learn about ‘Living with a Green Roof’. George Berry, owner of Berry Architecture will explain why Red Deerians should be growing more green roofs.

On June 6, discover how to encourage students to take the initiative on their own journey to school during the ‘Walking School Bus & Walking School Buddies’ seminar. Raelene Steckly, Calgary and Southern Alberta coordinator for SHAPE (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) will lead the discussion.

All of the seminars will take place from 12:05 – 12:50 p.m. at the Snell Auditorium with the exception of the ‘Living with a Green Roof’ which will take place at the same time at the Dawe Branch.

“Environment Week celebrates the City’s commitment to our Environmental Master Plan by sharing innovative and current topics,” said Keran Braich, waste diversion specialist with the City of Red Deer. “We’ve programmed talks over the lunch hour, so citizens can fit them into their day and hopefully fit some of the ideas into their lives.”

Those attending the seminars will receive a ballot in the draw to win an aquafarm – a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food.

– Fawcett