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Hands on fun at Environment Day

Twenty exhibitors, musical guests for fourth annual event



Environment Week will wrap on Saturday, June 11 with an expo in Town Plaza featuring hands-on workshops, information booths, and events like the Re-Use-It Centre fashion show and live music.

According to Enviro Week coordinator and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District waste reduction coordinator Wendy Horan, the response this year has been overwhelming.

"This is the fourth year that we’ve done this, and in the past we’ve had a handful of participants and demonstrations," she said. "This year we’re up to 20 tables, compared to 10 in the past. This year we’ve also asked exhibitors to focus on hands-on displays."

Some of the participants include the Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group, which will include a display of live stream dwellers; the SLRD and Carney’s Waste Systems will do a demonstration on composting; the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment will be sharing information on sustainability; there will be a booth to sign up for the Canadian One Tonne Challenge, with the goal of reducing every Canadian’s greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne per year; a showing of art from local elementary schools using recycled materials; an information booth on Whistler’s car sharing program; a miniature solar car race, and more.

The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. with live music, including Leanne Lamour and Chicks with Picks. The annual Re-Use-It Centre fashion show, which dresses local celebrities and politicians in used clothing, will take place at 2 p.m. This year councillors Gord McKeever and Kristi Wells will take part.

The event is free, with something for all ages.

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