In this issue...The State of Our Environment...Seedy Saturday...Sustainival...Upcoming Events...Green News Stories...Volunteer Opportunities
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The State of Our Environment

Have you ever wondered how much water the average person in Lethbridge uses? Or how much electricity was saved by switching to LED streetlights? Or how healthy the riparian areas (streambanks) in the city are? The answers to these and many other questions about our local environment are answered in the 2017 Lethbridge State of the Environment report.

Environment Lethbridge began work on this report in May of 2016 and we have pulled together data and information about Lethbridge's biodiversity, local food, water, air, waste, energy and climate change. Altogether, the report examines 32 different indicators in these seven categories and makes a number of recommendations about ways we can improve and sustain our local environment.

To download a copy of the report, please visit our webpage. And, if you can't wait to discover the answers to the above questions, the answers are: 213 litres per day, LED streetlights use 1/3 of the energy, and only 7% of our riparian areas are healthy.

Without people like you who care about our environment and want to make a difference, we wouldn't be able to raise awareness and promote environmental action in Lethbridge. Help make a difference today by making a gift to Environment Lethbridge. 

Seedy Saturday

Thank you to everyone who attended the first Seedy Saturday on March 25! Seedy Saturdays can be found across Canada. These grassroots events are intended to share knowledge about local food and gardening through seed swaps, workshops and exhibits. 

Lethbridge’s first Seedy Saturday was a great success. More than 500 people attended and learned from a variety of exhibitors. Seedy Saturday also included two free workshops from Chelsea Sherbut, with the Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts, who presented on how to make Lethbridge a bee paradise and Rob Taylor from Oxbow Native Plants who taught participants how to start native trees and shrubs from cuttings.

The seed swap was a highlight of Seedy Saturday. Visitors were invited to bring their extra seeds to trade for something new. Gardeners who didn’t have seeds to trade were encouraged to take seeds home to try as well.

If you missed getting seeds to grow your own tomatoes, Seedy Saturday will return to Lethbridge in March 2018. We hope to make next year’s event even bigger and better. If you are interested in exhibiting or volunteering at Seedy Saturday please email or visit our website for more information.
For full details on Sustainival in Lethbridge, please visit their website.

Upcoming Events

April 12. 100 Reasons to Go Outside. Hosted by the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. 

April 12, 7pm. Ecosystem Management Presentations, Part II. Bats, Raptors and Bird Banding. Hosted by the Lethbridge Naturalists at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. 

April 22, 10 am-4 pm. Earth Day. Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery. Featuring exhibits, activities and more. Opening address from Shannon Phillips.

April 22. Earth Day at Value Village. Bring your donations to the Community Donation Centre. There will be displays, giveaways, raffles, and refreshments throughout the day.

April 23-29. National Volunteer Week. Don't forget to recognize your volunteers!

April 25, 8pm. The Paul Reddick Band at the Geomatic Attic.

April 26, 7pm. Monthly Meeting of the Southern Alberta Group for the Environment. Lethbridge Public Library.

April 29. Alberta Bike Swap. Consign, donate or buy a gently used bike. Exhibition Park. 

May 2. 4pm. Lethbridge Green Drinks. Owl Acoustic Lounge 411-3 Ave S. Informal gathering to discuss environmental issues, projects and solutions. First Tuesday of each month.

May 2, 6:30pm. Tea, herbs and medicine. Workshop hosted by SOUL-fully SOIL in Monarch, AB.

May 3, 6:30pm. Permaculture Meets my Annual Garden: Creating a Sustainable Food System at Home. Workshop hosted by SOUL-fully SOIL in Monarch, AB.

May 4 & 5. Live Well Showcase. Hosted by the Lethbridge Senior Citizen's Organization. 

May 5, 6 & 7. Jane's Walk. Choose from a variety of local walks on topics such as local history, nature and more. 

Green News Stories

Galt Gardens Master Plan presented to City Council
March 14, 2017 Global News

Province give climate funding to farm centre
March 19, 2017 Lethbridge Herald

Alberta announces solar project for Lethbridge
March 20, 2017 Western Producer

Get a jump on your gardening
March 24, 2017 Lethbridge Herald

More area habitats to be protected through program
March 27, 2017 Lethbridge Herald

Province grants $12M to watershed councils
March 27, 2017

Strength in numbers
April 8, 2017 Lethbridge Herald

Volunteer Opportunities

Environment Lethbridge - Executive Committee Members: The Executive Committee is the governing board of the organization and is responsible for overall direction, policy and governance. The Executive Committee meets monthly and the estimated commitment is 6-8 hours per month. We are looking for individuals to filling the following roles: Treasurer (effective November 2017), Secretary (effective November 2017) and Director (effective immediately). Please email for more information.

Volunteer Science Instructors - Alberta Science Network. The Alberta Science Network is looking for local volunteers to share their professional experience and love of science in schools. Visit their website for more information.

April 2017

Also in this issue:

Seedy Saturday

Upcoming Events

Green News Stories

Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Tips
Wash your car at a car wash instead of in your driveway to prevent oil, salt and other nasty substances from entering the river.

Did you know?
Storm water goes directly into the river without being treated. Preventing chemicals from entering storm drains is one of the best things you can do to improve water quality.

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