Green Day highlights sustainability issues and initiatives

Environmental issues will be at the forefront September 26 at the sixth-annual Green Day event at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

Presented by the Niagara Environmental Corps, NC’s student-led environmental organization, Green Day features a lineup of speakers, vendors and exhibits designed to engage students, staff and the community while shining a light on sustainability initiatives and issues.

“Green Day is a great opportunity to learn about environmental issues in Niagara, and see some of the exciting things that are happening in this important area,” said Ivan Wong, Green Day Coordinator. “For the NEC, it’s a great opportunity to bring together environmental leaders and key organizations, while engaging and educating students, staff and the broader community.”

Confirmed speakers include Jason Deavy, a student and member of NC’s Sustainability Committee and NEC; Amy Brunning from Heartland Forest; Erin Britnell, Niagara Region’s Sustainability Coordinator; Evan DiValentino, NC professor and founder of the Niagara Sustainability Initiative; and Al Unwin, chair of NC’s School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies.

More than 15 vendors and exhibitors will also be on site under the Walker Industries Exhibitor Tent, including nature and conservancy clubs, environmental industries, agencies and more. (See list below).

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the campus courtyard, with the speakers scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Green Day will also include a barbecue, re-use sale and bottle run, with proceeds supporting the NEC’s student-driven projects and initiatives.

The Niagara Environmental Corps (NEC) is an award-winning student-driven organization with a mandate to increase environmental awareness. The organization promotes student volunteerism and leadership through environmental and organizational sustainability projects and initiatives.  The goal of the organization is to empower students to be pro-active in solving environmental issues and to become leaders in building healthy and sustainable communities. For the students, volunteering is a truly rewarding experience, giving students a chance to discover their strengths and to be part of a team.

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