Markham

Markham celebrates Earth Day

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON - April 24, 2019 - Join the City of Markham, one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and the Markham Environmental Advisory Committee at Markham's 11th Annual Earth Day Celebrations on Saturday, April 27.

"The City of Markham is proud to be a municipal leader in sustainability," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "We are committed to fighting climate change, reducing our carbon footprint and protecting species and their natural habitats. Join us for Markham's Earth Day celebration to learn more about all the environmental services we continue to provide."

As part of the City's ongoing sustainable initiatives, Markham has been a leader in preserving and expanding our tree canopy. This is the 13th year of Markham's Trees for Tomorrow Program, which was developed with the initial goal of planting 300,000 trees in our community. This goal was quickly surpassed. This Sunday, April 28, the community will gather to plant thousands of trees, bringing us past the 400,000 trees planted mark. Trees provide much needed protection to everyone - including many species. They are an integral part of keeping our communities, and our planet, healthy.

As one of the first municipalities to own solar rooftop assets in Ontario, the City of Markham generates 1.83 megawatts of solar energy per year, which is equivalent to powering 245 homes annually while offsetting 117 tons of carbon emissions.

In 2016, Markham proudly partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation to become Canada's first Monarch-friendly city. Since then, the City has revitalized several of our gardens to include pollinator-friendly species.

Thanks to our residents, Markham's award-winning textile recycling program has diverted more than 10 million pounds of textiles from landfills and has been featured in national news outlets across the country.

On Saturday, April 27, join us at Markham Centre for Markham's Annual Earth Day celebration to find out which innovative projects Markham is working on to help make our community a better place, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

Guests will have a chance to test drive an electric vehicle, enjoy free rides on the Pride of Canada Carousel, and meet some of Markham’s native wildlife animals. There will also be an interactive sustainability fair to learn about local environmental programs and several booths to help you learn about sustainability.

"Together, we can create awareness and make a difference. We are thinking locally and acting globally," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "This is a perfect time to reflect on how we can protect our planet, connect with nature and celebrate the beauty that surrounds us."


When:
Saturday April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where:
Markham Centre (Inside the Cineplex Building)
169 Enterprise Boulevard, Markham


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.


MARKHAM, ON - April 24, 2019 - Join the City of Markham, one of Canada's Greenest Employers, and the Markham Environmental Advisory Committee at Markham's 11th Annual Earth Day Celebrations on Saturday, April 27.

"The City of Markham is proud to be a municipal leader in sustainability," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "We are committed to fighting climate change, reducing our carbon footprint and protecting species and their natural habitats. Join us for Markham's Earth Day celebration to learn more about all the environmental services we continue to provide."

As part of the City's ongoing sustainable initiatives, Markham has been a leader in preserving and expanding our tree canopy. This is the 13th year of Markham's Trees for Tomorrow Program, which was developed with the initial goal of planting 300,000 trees in our community. This goal was quickly surpassed. This Sunday, April 28, the community will gather to plant thousands of trees, bringing us past the 400,000 trees planted mark. Trees provide much needed protection to everyone - including many species. They are an integral part of keeping our communities, and our planet, healthy.

As one of the first municipalities to own solar rooftop assets in Ontario, the City of Markham generates 1.83 megawatts of solar energy per year, which is equivalent to powering 245 homes annually while offsetting 117 tons of carbon emissions.

In 2016, Markham proudly partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation to become Canada's first Monarch-friendly city. Since then, the City has revitalized several of our gardens to include pollinator-friendly species.

Thanks to our residents, Markham's award-winning textile recycling program has diverted more than 10 million pounds of textiles from landfills and has been featured in national news outlets across the country.

On Saturday, April 27, join us at Markham Centre for Markham's Annual Earth Day celebration to find out which innovative projects Markham is working on to help make our community a better place, learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

Guests will have a chance to test drive an electric vehicle, enjoy free rides on the Pride of Canada Carousel, and meet some of Markham’s native wildlife animals. There will also be an interactive sustainability fair to learn about local environmental programs and several booths to help you learn about sustainability.

"Together, we can create awareness and make a difference. We are thinking locally and acting globally," says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. "This is a perfect time to reflect on how we can protect our planet, connect with nature and celebrate the beauty that surrounds us."


When:
Saturday April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where:
Markham Centre (Inside the Cineplex Building)
169 Enterprise Boulevard, Markham


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.