Visitors are invited to explore our exhibit tent and learn about local and convenient choices that support an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Come discover the many environmental initiatives and sustainability programs offered by local government and nongovernment agencies, and check out the exciting selection of green products and services ready to help you leave a smaller footprint on our planet.
Event Theme Areas
The exhibit tent features eight theme areas:
- Backyard greening
- Green energy
- Green living
- Habitat conservation
- Local foods and agriculture
- Revolution in transportation
- Waste reduction
- Water conservation
Each theme area includes a number of hands-on activities and exhibitor booths, carefully chosen to showcase initiatives, programs, products or services related to the topic.
Check back often as more exhibitors join our growing list!
Backyard Greening Area
|Lake Simcoe South Master Gardeners
||This is a chapter of the Master Gardeners of Ontario, a volunteer organization comprised of individuals who are certified horticultural experts and who provide in-depth sustainable gardening information to the general public. Their goal is to advance the horticultural knowledge of the home gardener and of the general public in Ontario.
|Native Plant Nurseries
||As a nursery specializing in the sale of native Ontario plants, their plant material is produced from seed that has been locally collected and grown in an ethical and sustainable manner without the use of pesticides.
|TRCA’s Healthy Yards Program
||A program designed to give watershed residents the inspiration, information and tools required to create naturally beautiful lawns and gardens. Learn about gardening with native plants, removing invasive exotic plants, landscaping for energy conservation, creating wildlife habitat, composting, conserving water, and reducing the use of polluting equipment, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Green Energy Area
||Canada’s 100% green energy provider offers homes and businesses clean, renewable energy solutions. Learn how you can reduce your environmental impact, support the development of new renewable generation in Canada and help to create a cleaner world for today and tomorrow.
||A supplier and installer of geothermal heating and cooling systems, in-floor heating and heat recovery ventilation (HRV) systems.
|Goldwater Solar Services
||A provider of cost-effective renewable energy solutions for residential and commercial customers. Currently offering a variety of renewable energy solutions through solar water heating.
||A geothermal design and build company located in Woodbridge and a pioneer in geothermal systems since 1985.
|Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
||A province-wide, membership-based, non-profit organization serving the Community Power sector through advocacy, public outreach and capacity building.
||A full-service provider of systems that convert solar energy to electricity, enabling residential and commercial property owners to earn income through the government’s Feed-In Tariff (microFIT) program.
|Windfall Ecology Centre
||An environmental non-profit organization and social enterprise specializing in individual and community education and activation. Through their programs and advocacy efforts, they seek to empower individuals, community groups and governments to build sustainable communities.
Green Living Area
|Birds and Beans
||A leading roaster of certified organic, bird-friendly, fairly traded coffees. Learn about the relationship between the coffee you drink and the birds you see in your backyard, and how you can help the environment by simply drinking a different brand.
||A non-profit, fair trading company helping developing communities create eco-friendly items to sell and raise money for local community projects.
|CH2M HILL Canada
||A global engineering, construction, and operations firm helping communities across the country provide critical infrastructure for their residents. Their work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environment, energy and industrial facilities.
|City of Vaughan
||Learn about Greening Vaughan initiatives such as the installation of reservoir baskets and xeriscape gardens, and receive the latest information on their different programs including Vaughan B’Leaves, Environmental Days and the Adopt-A-Park / Park Ambassador Program.
||A locally-owned company that makes all natural, handmade soaps, lotions, liquid soaps and herbal salves, including a herbal diaper balm. Ella has been making handmade products for over 10 years and is a trained Herbalist and Aromatherapist.
||Part green city guide, part green deal site, part green action network all rolled into one to help you discover the best green stuff to do, see and buy in Toronto at exclusive discounts through the power of group buying.
|Green Like a Frog
||A website that offers information about the environment through online and newspaper articles, a directory of green products and services, and an online store.
|Greening Homes Inc.
||A company offering a holistic approach to remodelling your home with as little environmental impact as possible, or simply put, renovations done responsibly.
|Kortright Nature Day Camp
||Get kids outside reconnecting with nature and learning about the environment through games, activities, crafts and more. This day camp is suitable for children between the ages of 5 and 11 and runs throughout July and August.
|Osram Sylvania Ltd.
||A worldwide leader in innovative and energy efficient lighting products for home, commerical spaces and outdoors.
||A conservation program created by the Vancouver Aquarium to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. The Ocean Wise logo next to a restaurant menu or retail seafood item is an assurance that the item is a good choice for keeping ocean life healthy and abundant for generations to come.
||The government agency responsible for managing and operating a system of protected areas that includes 329 provincial parks and 294 conservation reserves covering over 9 million hectares.
|Project Innovations and HTO Water Technologies
||A distributor and Greater Toronto Area dealer of Brac Greywater Recycling and Rainwater Harvesting Systems, products designed to recycle greywater or harvest rainwater for use in the toilet tanks.
||One of Canada’s largest providers of unique out-of-classroom learning experiences with a network of five education facilities across the Greater Toronto Area and an in-class program to promote student learning in the areas of nature, the environment and cultural heritage.
Habitat Conservation Area
|Bird House Building
||Invite birds into your backyard with a bird house made with your very own hands!
|Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto
||Since its founding in April 1961, over $22 million have been raised to support projects undertaken by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) to protect and restore the natural environment across the Greater Toronto Area.
|Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
||A joint conservation partnership between WWF-Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. Learn how you can organize or join a shoreline cleanup in your community.
|Ministry of Natural Resources
||A government ministry working to promote healthy, sustainable ecosystems and conserve biodiversity.
|Ontario Road Ecology Group
||Working out of the Toronto Zoo with a mandate to protect biodiversity from the threats of roads and engage the public to support road ecology and participate in province-wide data collection and wildlife conservation.
|Richmond Hill Naturalists
||A local naturalist club with a 50-plus-year history of actively sharing an appreciation of nature and working to preserve and enhance green space in southern York Region. Find out how you can take part in their outings and activities.
|Toronto Bruce Trail Club
||One of nine member clubs making up the Bruce Trail Conservancy, an organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
|York Region Natural Heritage and Forestry Services
||A provider of natural heritage and forestry services in York Region ranging from the Street Tree program and Spring Forest Festival to community tree plants and guided forest walks.
Local Foods and Agriculture Area
|Dairy Farmers of Canada
||Many kids aren’t aware the milk they drink everyday comes from a real cow on a farm in Canada. The DFC Mobile Experience educates children on how their milk gets from farm to table with the help of Mooonica, a life-size mechanical cow that kids can ‘milk’ to make the learning process fun.
||A consumer promotion program of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs that was formed in 1977 to foster partnerships with producers to achieve maximum penetration of Ontario’s market by Ontario-produced fresh and processed agricultural products.
|Local Food Plus
||An award-winning non-profit organization committed to creating local sustainable food systems that reduce reliance on fossil fuels, create meaningful jobs, and foster the preservation of farmland – and farmers.
|Matchbox Garden & Seed Co.
||A small sustainable farm producing seeds, seedlings, produce and herbs for the public, restaurants, grocers and other wholesale avenues.
|Organic Meadow Inc.
||A co-operative of Ontario family farmers committed to preserving the family farm and a healthy environment by using sustainable organic practices to produce locally farmed organic dairy products, eggs and grains of the highest quality.
|The Backyard Urban Farm Company
||A family-run business with expertise in designing, building, installing and maintaining organic vegetable gardens for homes, schools and businesses.
|York Region Food Network
||A registered charity that offers programs, raises awareness and promotes policy changes for increased access to affordable and nutritious food produced within a sustainable food system.
Revolution in Transportation Area
||Get up close and personal with the new Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV), a car that is paving the way to a cleaner future. Product advisors will be available to provide detailed information and to help you understand how this electric vehicle can help reduce your carbon footprint.
||Get up close and personal with the new Nissan LEAF, a car that is paving the way to a cleaner future. Product advisors will be available to provide detailed information and to help you understand how this electric vehicle can help reduce your carbon footprint.
|Roy Foss Chevrolet Buick GMC
||Get up close and personal with the new Chevrolet Volt, a car that is paving the way to a cleaner future. Product advisors will be available to provide detailed information and to help you understand how this electric vehicle can help reduce your carbon footprint.
|Smart Commute North Toronto-Vaughan
||An advocate of sustainable transportation committed to reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality by implementing green commuting programs at workplaces and supporting the improvements of local and regional transportation infrastructure.
||A non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable tourism and transportation in Ontario. Learn about the Bike Train and Parkbus programs as alternatives to driving your car to some of Ontario’s tourist destinations.
||Get up close and personal with a Prius and a Camry Hybrid, cars that are paving the way to a cleaner future. Product advisors will be available to provide detailed information and to help you understand how these hybrid vehicles can help reduce your carbon footprint.
|York Region Transit
||A transit provider serving the citizens of York Region. Receive transit related information and learn how you can be green by taking public transit.
Waste Reduction Area
|Cathy’s Crawly Composters
||An environmentally driven worm composting business that supplies red wiggler worms, worm composting bins, castings and other information for everything you need or want to know about vermicomposting.
|Easy Crate Inc.
||A supplier of reusable plastic moving and storage boxes.
|Green Crafts Corner
||Put your imagination to work and give household items and other reusable materials a second life by transforming them into eco-friendly crafts.
|York Region Environmental Alliance
||An organization with a mandate to address ecological issues that impact our health and the health of our environment by working to influence public policy and community behaviour through initiatives such as the SHOP Like the Planet’s Watching campaign and the Idle Free Municipal Challenge.
|York Region Tap’d In Program
||Bring your refillable water bottle and visit York Region’s mobile water trailer to get Tap’d In! This portable water station provides drinking water to the public at community events.
|York Region Waste Management
||Learn more about waste management programs in York Region through activities, videos and information brochures. Take the Wheel of Waste quiz and test your knowledge on waste issues.
Water Conservation Area
||Learn how your decisions can impact the Earth by examining your ecological footprint. Test your water conservation knowledge and fill in a map of the world with footprints to illustrate our impact.
|Canada Coast to Coast
||See for yourself how Canada is a country surrounded almost completely by water. Take some time to learn more about this precious liquid as well as our lakes and rivers and the variety of animal species that rely on them.
||Observe the effects of a dripping tap and find out just how much water is wasted by that tap over a period of time.
|How Much Water Does It Take?
||How much water does it take to produce the various things we use in everyday life? The answers will surprise you! Learn about “virtual water” and how much is used in the production of our consumer goods.
|How Water Works
||A working model to demonstrate how your town’s water system works.
|United Nations Says
||Find out the minimum water requirements for one person per day and compare the amount of water a person in Africa uses each day to the amount a person in York Region uses.
|Water for Tomorrow
||An innovative water-efficiency program created by York Region to provide residents with the tools they need to conserve water in the home, in the garden and at work!