WINNIPEG — Visitors to Assiniboine Park Zoo today are in store to learn about how recycling, buying local and producing less waste can make for a more sustainable future.
As part of Sustainability Day, the zoo has partnered with Take Pride Winnipeg! and the MESDWG (Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group) to have 18 different stations throughout the Journey to Churchill exhibit surrounding the sustainability theme.
Take Pride Winnipeg! has launched their spring cleanup campaign, targeting neighbourhoods in need of some seasonal sprucing up.
“As you can see from driving down city streets, there’s a lot of litter out there, and we need volunteers to help clean it up,” said Tom Ethans, executive director of Take Pride Winnipeg! “Between eighty and ninety percent of cleanup volunteers are students, so we hold a special kick-off to thank them for their efforts.”
The kickoff was held this morning at MTS Centre and signals the start of a multi-month campaign through June.
Take Pride Winnipeg! is launching its annual Green Wave program today, employing 14 youth aged 16 to 19 for the summer months.
The program is a partnership with the City of Winnipeg and BFI Canada to keep city neighbourhoods clean all season long. In addition, special event days are planned each summer for special projects outside of BIZ zones.
Youth will be involved in such as activities as litter pickup, graffiti removal, planter maintenance and park restoration.
It’s the time of year when Take Pride Winnipeg! puts the call out for applicants of homes needing some sprucing up, including a fresh layer of paint.
Homeowners who meet certain criteria are encouraged to apply and may be interviewed to ensure they qualify. If selected, they will pick out paint colours with the paint team leader, and then a volunteer team will come to their house with all the supplies they need. An exterior paint job is completely in as little as one day.
A new program to track the disposal of litter is being launched to get Manitoba students involved in the recycling process.
Take Pride Winnipeg! and Recycle Everywhere have teamed up for Easy as 1-2-3, where students are asked to pick up at least three pieces of litter daily for a chance to win prizes.
“This program is exactly what it is named — Easy as 1-2-3,” said Tom Ethans, executive director of Take Pride Winnipeg!. “And just think — if five thousand students picked up three pieces of litter each day of the program, it would mean 705,000 pieces of litter were picked up and properly disposed of. Every bit counts in making your community clean and beautiful.”