On Saturday, April 27, join the fun at Markham Centre (inside the Cineplex building) 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.”

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. The planting site is Stonebridge Drive and Major Mackenzie Rd E (west of McCowan Rd) and starting time is 9 a.m.

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.

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.

Visit markham.ca for more details.

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