EarthCare Thunder Bay is extending an invitation to everyone to attend an early evening Open House, Friday, Feb. 7, from 4:30 – 7 pm. This free event will fill the lobby of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium with close to 20 exhibits and provide the community with an opportunity to have input into the development of the 2014-2020 EarthCare Sustainability Plan.Come out and speak with members of the EarthCare Working Groups and community partners about:
- green buildings
- land use
- climate adaptation
- air quality, and
- community greening.The event will include opportunities to catch up on the work of a variety of environmental agencies through on-site displays, network, and socialize with other engaged citizens. There will also be live music, appetizers and refreshments and some great prizes to win.Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts by completing an on-line survey about the issues of climate change, community sustainability and environmental protection. The survey can be found on-line at www.thunderbay.ca/earthcare or completed in person at the Open House. Twitter feedback is welcomed at @EarthCareTbay or follow us on Facebook at earthcaretbay.“This is a critical time where we are looking for input,” said Councillor Andrew Foulds, Chair – EarthCare Advisory Committee. “The community’s feedback will help distill a clear focus and course of action that will create a brighter future for our City through the development of the EarthCare Sustainability Plan”.“This evening event will follow a morning-long forum with the young visionaries of Thunder Bay,” said Brad Doff, Acting Sustainability Coordinator – Environment Division. “Close to 140 students from Sir Winston Churchill, Confederation College and Lakehead University will spend Friday morning participating in panel discussions and roundtable exercises while an artist develops a representation of the discussion through real-time interpretative painting. The EarthCare working groups are excited to hear youths’ approaches, innovations and solutions to a more sustainable Thunder Bay and solicit community feedback through the evening.”There is no cost to this event and is open to all. For more details, visit www.earthcarecommunityforum.