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Environment Week

Burnaby Environment Week is an annual week-long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in early June to coincide with Canadian Environment Week. Activities are coordinated by City staff who work with our many community partners to deliver activities that are family oriented, informative and encourage community participation.

2014 Environment Week ~ Saturday, May 31 to Saturday, June 7

Planning for 2014 Environment Week is underway. This year’s theme is Eco-Wise in Your Community, which encourages citizens to inform and empower themselves to incorporate new and environmentally friendly ideas and practices into their daily lives. Recognizing that the concept of ‘environmental sustainability’ and the need for individual action can, at times, be overwhelming, the Eco-Wise in Your Community program will be focus on small but significant changes that individuals can choose to make part of their daily lives.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Planning for Environment Week is underway. Keep checking back to this web page for updates. It is anticipated the program will be finalized by mid to late April. Program details available now are presented below:

THE MAIN EVENT ~ ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL!

SATURDAY, MAY 31

Saturday, May 31, 9am to 2pm. City of Burnaby, City Hall (4949 Canada Way), in the outer courtyard.

This is a free public event with environmental displays, live blue grass music by 5 on a String, prize draws, face painting and many other activities for kids and 200 free veggie burgers fresh from the BBQ. The weekly Burnaby Farmers Market will occur nearby, in the north parking lot.  Plan to attend both events!  Prize draws at the Environment Festival will include Farmers Market dollars that can be spent the same day!


Getting there: In the spirit of Environment Week, consider using public transit, cycling or walking, or any combination of, to attend one or more events. Burnaby City Hall is located at 4949 Canada Way, near Deer Lake Park and across from Burnaby Central Secondary School.

  • By bus: Burnaby City Hall is well served by regular buses from Metrotown and Brentwood town centres and Holdom and Sperling stations on the Millennium Skytrain line. Visit Translink to plan your trip. logo
  • By bicycle: Burnaby City Hall is well served by signed bikeways and urban trails, with connections via the Central Valley Greenway to activities at Still Creek Recycling Depot and Jim Lorimer Park. Check out the Burnaby Bike Map for more information. 
  • Secure bicycle parking: as part of the Environmental Festival, a free ‘coat check style’ bicycle valet service will be offered by BEST. Upon arrival, just drop off your bike and go and enjoy the festivities and the Farmer’s Market.

AND DON'T MISS...

SATURDAY, MAY 31

Open House – Burnaby's Eco-Centre

Saturday, May 31, 10am to 2pm, 4855 Still Creek Avenue.

Learn more about Burnaby’s new Eco-Centre, and municipal waste reduction programs. Live entertainment and refreshments will be available.

Burnaby Garage Sale Day Event

Saturday, May 31, 9am to 1pm, community-wide.

Enjoy exploring private garage sales throughout the City or register and host your own! A list of participating locations will be available on the City’s website and in local newspapers. Go to burnaby.ca/garagesale for more information.


SUNDAY, JUNE 1

Tentative: Field tour of Deer Lake Park

Sunday, June 1, time and meeting location to be determined.

Kick of Environment Week with a tour of Deer Lake Park. Please RSVP in advance: 604-294-7530.


TUESDAY, JUNE 3

Guided canoe trips on Deer Lake

Tuesday, June 3, time to be determined, Deer Lake Park.

Preregistration required. Check back for registration details. Trips are for ages 10 years and older; children aged 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and waivers must be signed by all participants (parent must sign for those under 19 years old). 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 5

‘Burnaby’s Beautiful Byrne Creek’, a free public presentation

Thursday, June 5, time to be confirmed. Tommy Douglas Library, 7311 Kingsway.

Celebrating this year’s theme, Nature in the City, the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society is pleased to present an entertaining and educational talk about Byrne Creek watershed. Come and enjoy gorgeous photos, posters and maps and fun stories about this urban oasis. 


FRIDAY, JUNE 6

Documentary Film Screening: Details to follow

Friday, June 6, 6:30pm. Bob Prittie Public Library, Metrotown, 6100 Willingdon Avenue.

The Green Ideas Network will host a documentary film and guest speaker. 


SATURDAY, JUNE 7

Car Trunk Sale – Environment Week Edition

Saturday, June 7, 9am to 1pm. Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

Call 604-297-4521 to register as a seller. Admission is free for buyers. More information.

Neighbourhood Flea Market

Saturday, June 7, 9am to 1pm. Willingdon Community Centre, 1491 Carleton Avenue, just off of Gilmore Avenue and Douglas Road.

The Environment Week Neighbourhood Flea Market encourages waste reduction and reuse of children’s clothes, toys and other items.


OTHER ENVIRONMENT WEEK EVENTS / ACTIVITIES

Themed Displays, Environment Week, Burnaby Public Libraries

Burnaby’s public libraries will be coordinating displays for this year’s Environment Week theme.

Bike to Work Week, May 26 to June 1

This annual event takes place across Metro Vancouver and is organized by HUB (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition). Burnaby residents are encouraged to take part and win prizes! Registration details to follow.

Commuter Challenge, June 1 to 7

Hosted by Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, (BEST), Burnaby residents are encouraged try an alternative mode of transportation for travelling to work at least once during this week, such as public transit, bicycle, car-pooling, or e-commuting. Register as an individual or your workplace. More information at www.commuterchallengebc.ca.