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Halton Hills Keeps Earth Day going, part 1

So what if Earth Day is April 22?  The good folks at Halton Hills know that Earth Day is only as valuable as the actions and the changes that stick with you all year long, so their Earth Day celebration lasted clear through to the 28th of April, when they hosted their Sustainability Fair and Green Tours for the Town.

First off, let me say that Halton Hills is an absolutely beautiful community.  The quaint, old-fashioned feel of downtown Georgetown, the valleys and natural areas that run through the town and the beauty of the surrounding landscape makes it a place that is very high on my priority list for another Sustainable Day-Cation, but for my trip out on the 28th, I was running on a bit shorter time frame.

The Earth Day Eco Fest in Halton Hills was centered on the Georgetown Marketplace, with local environmental groups and businesses setting up booths in the mall to inform and educate residents with regards to the great sustainable actions taking place within Halton Hills.

The Conservation Halton team was there, and they brought some of the stars of the day with them.  They were accompanied by 3 rescued raptors from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre (find them on facebook here): an American Kestrel, a Red Tailed Hawk and a Great Horned Owl.  It’s not every day you see birds of prey in the mall, so these attracted quite a bit of attention, and really got people into the whole spirit of the festival.

The birds of prey rescued by Conservation Halton Staff are always a big hit at events. Here a great horned owl glares menacingly at the camera.

An American Kestrel from the Halton Region Conservation Authority's raptor rescue centre sits patiently for a picture.

Some of Halton Hill’s great staff were also at the Marketplace, telling residents about the recently released 2011 Environmental Report Card, which highlights that the Town has taken action on 91% of the programs and actions that they committed to in their original 2008 Green Plan.  It’s an impressive display of leadership by the town to be moving forward so quickly, and it’s obvious that the town is extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Halton Hills Environmental Staff looking as pleased as punch with the great event going on around them and the amazing progress being made by the town towards achieving their sustainability goals.

A Union Gas representative was on hand to distribute water and energy saving materials to Halton Hills residents.

A representative of Halton Hills Hydro was on hand to inform residents about the great new systems to monitor their energy use available to customers who sign up for the PeakSaver program.

The other booths at the event showed me that Halton Hills is home to a very engaged citizen base.  From School Environmental Groups handing out free herbs in recycled pop can “pots” to groups working to promote biodiversity to groups promoting the Bruce Trail, the variety in ages and interests was really astonishing, and very encouraging.

Members of Christ The King school's Environmental Committee handed out free herbs potted in re-purposed pop cans. I took home a tiny little Basil plant!

Representatives of POWER (Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources) Halton Hills distributing information on water conservation, among other topics, to Halton Hills residents.

Jasmin from the Halton Peel Biodiversity Network greets everyone with a smile and tells them about Biodiversity Day, taking place on May 19.

After talking to all the vendors to find out what I should see next while I was visiting Halton Hills, I decided to head off to see a couple of the Town’s green buildings.  Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more details of my time at the Town’s newly constructed Fire Station, the Green Port Environmental Building and also the Willow Park Ecology Centre.  So that’s where I’m heading, and you can see all the details of those little excursions tomorrow.

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