Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and achieve a more sustainable community at the annual Markham Earth Day event.

Markham Earth Day celebrates the significance of environmental sustainability with educational and interactive activities for participants of all ages on April 21 at the downtown VIP Cineplex building. Last year, more than 500 people attended the event and, given this year is the 10th anniversary, a larger turnout is expected.

“This event brings together the best,” said Karl Lyew, Markham environmental advisory committee chair. “Come test drive an electric vehicle and find out about the latest technologies, what students are dreaming about environmentally, what wildlife lives in around our communities and more.”

Throughout the day, the sustainability fair will feature multiple interactive booths that will promote local environmental programs. There will also be a focus on youth and their take on being eco-friendly, with a presentation of elementary and high school projects from the Markham Earth Day science fair. Guests can also look forward to collaborative workshops and activities hosted by York University at the YSpace centre.

Also featured at this year’s event are live wildlife shows. Speaking of Wildlife presentations during the day will include up to five local animals, such as a groundhog, northern saw-whet owl, snapping turtle and porcupine. Natural artifacts and interactive activities will provide educational opportunities highlighting nature and wildlife in Markham.

Special guest at the milestone event is Mark Cullen, who has been recognized for his creative approaches to gardening sustainability. The garden guru was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006 for his contributions in promoting and developing horticulture education in Canada and his ability to explain how Canadians can protect the environment.

The annual event is a collaboration between the City of Markham and the Remington Group.

“We are so pleased to host Markham Earth Day once again in downtown Markham,” said Christina Butterfield, Remington Group communications director. “Sustainability is such an important element of everything the Remington Group is building here so it’s the perfect partnership for us. We’re thankful to work with the City of Markham, which has been a leader in sustainable development and we hope the community can engage with us and have fun learning about the things we’re doing to protect the environment.”