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It was all about local living as the annual Green Day emphasized partnerships of business, farms, education and consumers.
The College’s Sustainability committee and student-led environmental organization, Niagara Environmental Corps (NEC), came together to present the seventh annual Green Day on Sept. 25.
Held at the college’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, the event displayed a variety of vendors for students to explore. Exhibits included more than 25 local businesses, farmers and activities.
Also included were a raffle, silent auction, bottle drive, e-waste collection and re-use sale.
The NEC used proceeds from the last three to finance their organization through the help of students, faculty and the community.
First-time participant Mark Houtby, a local farmer, says he was invited because he grows his crop in St. Catharines and uses sustainable practices. Mark Houtby Farm is certified under Ontario’s MyPick logo to assure consumers Houtby’s products are locally grown and farm-fresh.
“We’ve got environmentally focused vendors that are unique in their own way even though they are focusing on the environment in Niagara,” says Gina Pannunzio, Sustainability Engagement assistant. The goal was to create “a green-feel” entering the campus courtyard.
Green Day originated to engage students and to bring community members on campus to showcase environmental and sustainable practices.
Pannunzio says they hope students can begin to understand where they fit into sustainable practices and their impact on the environment.
Olga Eizhvertina, 18, Green Day co-ordinator and an Environmental Technician student, says this year greater attention and assistance came from the community.
“We have a lot of donations this year and we really appreciate every vendor that committed to our Green Day event.”
Eizhvertina says the theme of the event, Living Locally, presented students with the resources available within the community to help diminish their carbon footprint.
“It’s all about one big picture, so we want students and staff and the public to learn more about living local. We try to engage everyone together to get to know more about living local and the green movement at Niagara College.”