Our Greener Side Celebration is pleased to present a diverse lineup of environmentally-based programming to entertain and educate visitors from the main stage and at other venues throughout the Kortright Centre.
From expert speakers and special workshops to guided tours and family activities, there is sure to be something for everyone!

MAIN STAGE
Earth Rangers
Come meet three of Earth Rangers’ Animal Ambassadors and learn how you can take action to help Bring Back the WildTM!
Earth Rangers is an award-winning charitable organization dedicated to educating children about biodiversity loss and empowering them to take action. Building on children’s natural connection to wildlife, Earth Rangers’ focus is to communicate to children positive science-based messages on the importance of protecting biodiversity and adopting more sustainable behaviours. a permanent studio at the Royal Ontario Museum and an Education Outreach Program featuring live Animal Ambassadors, Earth Rangers is able to reach, inspire and enable millions of children each year to take action to help ensure the lasting survival of all species.

Sultans of String
Come enjoy the musical stylings of Sultans of String and discover why this group has become the darling of the concert circuit!
2010 JUNO Award nominee Sultans of String are Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity. The band romps through an energized adventure of Latin, Gypsy-jazz, Middle Eastern and folk rhythms, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar while a funk bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Sultans of String are 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winners. Their debut CD Luna soared to #1 across Canada on Top Ten national campus/community radio charts, and won the award for Best Variety Act from Festivals & Events Ontario

Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Come learn about some of Ontario’s native reptiles and get a chance for an up close and personal encounter with these amazing creatures!
Sciensational Sssnakes!! provides hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians for the young and the young at heart. Their presentation will feature an informal lecture about native species, their ecology and conservation issues.

SUSTAINABILITY INSIGHTS: EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Community Lakes and Rivers: The Water in Our Backyards with Vanessa Chau
Water is the source of all life and its protection is vital to the health of our communities. Join Vanessa as she discusses how each of us can make changes in our daily lives to conserve, re-use, and protect this vital resource.

About Vanessa
A former process engineer and project manager with the Environmental Services Department of The Regional Municipality of York, Vanessa Chau is an asset management expert developing sustainability strategies for municipalities across Canada. She works with communities to set achievable environmental, financial, and social sustainable goals to meet the whole lifecycle infrastructure needs in order to maintain a high quality of life for all our residents. Vanessa is a professional engineer with CH2M HILL and a current Water Environment Federation (WEF) Director for the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO

A Consumer’s Guide to Purchasing a Solar Energy System with Alex Waters
Ontario’s Green Energy Act has stimulated one of the largest green energy investment booms in North America. This act includes the Feed-In Tariff (FIT and mircoFIT) incentive that pays owners of solar electric systems under 10kW up to $0.80/kWh for the electricity they produce, allowing them to earn up to $8,000 per year based on this 20-year guaranteed rate. You, as a homeowner, can take advantage of this opportunity to harness the sun’s energy and make a serious impact on reducing your annual energy bills.
Join Alex and learn about solar energy, the microFIT program, and how to choose a reputable dealer and installer for your solar energy system.

About Alex
Alex Waters is the manager of the Kortright Centre and the sustainable technology specialist for Toronto and Region Conservation. For the past 25 years, he has designed and implemented many of Canada’s most innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, demonstrations and programs for children and adults at Kortright Centre. For his efforts in this field he was presented with the “Energy Educator of the Year” award by the Energy Educators of Ontario in 1993. Last year, Alex coordinated the development and construction of the Archetype Sustainable Houses at Kortright, two of the most sustainable demonstration homes in Canada, both having achieved LEED Platinum certification.

Ecological Living: Going Green Room by Room with Candice Batista
How green is your valley — or rather your home? Join Candice and learn about practical steps you can take to turn your living space into a green oasis

Candice Batista is a leading environmental journalist and eco- personality. She has created, hosted and produced three eco-themed TV shows and has lectured to hundreds of Canadians on how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Candice was also one of the few Canadians chosen by The Climate Project to be trained by Al Gore to present his Inconvenient Truth Presentation. She has appeared on countless TV shows on networks including CityTV, CTV, Global and the CBC.

Gardening Using Nature’s Principles with Ed Lawrence
When we stop to really think about it, the essence of gardening is control. Whether we are practicing the strictest principles of ornamental horticulture in the classic French tradition of Versailles, Monet’s garden at Giverny, the rolling layout of a classic British estate garden or Prince Charles’ eco-friendly estate at Highgrove, once we put our hands to it, no garden or landscape is natural. Even when we strive to recreate natural eco-friendly zones, once we put our hands or footprints in it, it is no longer natural. That being said, striving to conserve or re-establish native habitat and fauna is a valid and worthwhile exercise. Nature took thousands of years to perfect our local ecosystem and to co-evolve with the plants and animals in it. What better example to use in our gardening endeavours?

About Ed
As the retired chief horticulturalist to six Canadian Governors General and Prime Ministers, author of the best-selling book “Gardening Grief and Glory” and phone-in gardening guru for CBC Radio’s “Ontario Today” for over two decades, Ed Lawrence has provided practical, down-to-earth advice that has gained him a solid reputation as the elder statesman of environmentally-responsible gardening. He received Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicators’ Award for his broadcasting work and was the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit from the Ontario Horticultural Association. Toronto-born and Humber College educated, Ed now resides on a farm in the Almonte region, near Ottawa, and continues to share his gardening know-how through a broad range of national and community-based horticultural endeavours.

Ed will be available to sign copies of his book “Gardening Grief and Glory” after the presentation. Guests can purchase Ed’s book on-site or bring their own copies to the event for signing.

Eat, Live, Local, Sustainable with Jason Inniss
Local and sustainable are buzzwords in today’s culture. Join Jason as he discusses his transformation into an advocate for supporting local and sustainable cuisine, producers and products. He will focus on how you can change your shopping habits without breaking the bank, discuss options for eating locally and sustainably and the importance of tradition, and finally, why creating relationships with farmers and artisanal producers is necessary.

About Jason
Jason Inniss was born and raised in Barbados. He attended high school in Ontario and university in New Brunswick before embarking on his culinary journey at the Dubrulle French Culinary Institute in Vancouver. He has worked as a chef aboard a private yacht; a cook at Cioppino’s in Vancouver; a cook at Centro and sous chef at The Fifth in Toronto. His first business was the critically acclaimed Amuse-Bouche Restaurant, named the #1 new restaurant the year it opened and rated 20th in Toronto Life’s Best Restaurants in Toronto. Now the owner of a boutique catering company promoting local and sustainable foods, Jason is also a founding member of Cross Town Kitchens and a member of Slow Food Canada. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner and Matchbox Garden founder, Hanna Jacobs, and her daughter Katya.

WORKSHOP SERIES
Greening Vaughan with Chris Wolnik
Join Chris as he provides an overview of Green Directions Vaughan, the City’s first Community Sustainability and Environmental Master Plan, and reviews highlights of the implementation progress to date. This workshop will focus on the early ideas being considered as part of the citizen engagement strategy and participants will be invited to offer feedback on these components

About Ed
As the retired chief horticulturalist to six Canadian Governors General and Prime Ministers, author of the best-selling book “Gardening Grief and Glory” and phone-in gardening guru for CBC Radio’s “Ontario Today” for over two decades, Ed Lawrence has provided practical, down-to-earth advice that has gained him a solid reputation as the elder statesman of environmentally-responsible gardening. He received Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicators’ Award for his broadcasting work and was the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit from the Ontario Horticultural Association. Toronto-born and Humber College educated, Ed now resides on a farm in the Almonte region, near Ottawa, and continues to share his gardening know-how through a broad range of national and community-based horticultural endeavours.

Ed will be available to sign copies of his book “Gardening Grief and Glory” after the presentation. Guests can purchase Ed’s book on-site or bring their own copies to the event for signing.
Eat, Live, Local, Sustainable with Jason Inniss
Local and sustainable are buzzwords in today’s culture. Join Jason as he discusses his transformation into an advocate for supporting local and sustainable cuisine, producers and products. He will focus on how you can change your shopping habits without breaking the bank, discuss options for eating locally and sustainably and the importance of tradition, and finally, why creating relationships with farmers and artisanal producers is necessary.

About Jason
Jason Inniss was born and raised in Barbados. He attended high school in Ontario and university in New Brunswick before embarking on his culinary journey at the Dubrulle French Culinary Institute in Vancouver. He has worked as a chef aboard a private yacht; a cook at Cioppino’s in Vancouver; a cook at Centro and sous chef at The Fifth in Toronto. His first business was the critically acclaimed Amuse-Bouche Restaurant, named the #1 new restaurant the year it opened and rated 20th in Toronto Life’s Best Restaurants in Toronto. Now the owner of a boutique catering company promoting local and sustainable foods, Jason is also a founding member of Cross Town Kitchens and a member of Slow Food Canada. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner and Matchbox Garden founder, Hanna Jacobs, and her daughter Katya.

Greening Vaughan with Chris Wolnik
Join Chris as he provides an overview of Green Directions Vaughan, the City’s first Community Sustainability and Environmental Master Plan, and reviews highlights of the implementation progress to date. This workshop will focus on the early ideas being considered as part of the citizen engagement strategy and participants will be invited to offer feedback on these components.

About Chris
Chris Wolnik is the Manager of Environmental Sustainability at the City of Vaughan. He has more than 20 years of diversified and broad-based private, public and not-for-profit environmental sustainability experience in areas such as toxics reduction, sustainable consumption and green procurement. Chris has been tasked with championing the implementation of Green Directions Vaughan, the City’s first Community Sustainability and Environmental Master Plan, which includes engaging citizens in a more sustainable Vaughan. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Living Sustainably with LED Lighting with Ed Evans
Join Ed as he explores current market trends in LED lighting and the contribution this technology has made to sustainable living. In this workshop, Ed will discuss the new Energy Star LED criteria and identify the benefits, risks and applications of LED technology. Learn how the new generation of LED products can help you reduce energy use, increase cost savings and shrink your carbon footprint!

About Ed
Ed Evans is the Industrial Commercial Account Manager for Osram Sylvania. With 10 years of experience working with energy efficient lighting, he has developed an award-winning energy efficient seminar series as well as a project implementation program for the company. Ed has coordinated hundreds of energy efficient lighting projects which have resulted in a substantial reduction in electricity used and millions of dollars saved.
All About Green Building Materials with Christopher Phillips
Join Christopher as he discusses building and material finishing options available to a homeowner, designer or contractor who is interested in sustainability and creating a healthy living environment. He will use this workshop to look at environmental and health impacts of material choices and include a survey of important certification systems and sustainable building approaches.

About Christopher
Christopher Phillips is a Sustainable Building Consultant with Greening Homes Ltd. He is a LEED AP with a certificate in Sustainable Building and Design (Fleming College), and has formal training in the Building Biology approach to healthy building (IBE) and Building Science (Ryerson University). Christopher has delivered versions of this workshop for Toronto and Region Conservation, the Canadian Safety Authority, the University of Toronto’s School of Architecture and Ryerson University’s Building Science program.

Here Comes the Sun: Opportunities in Solar and the Ontario Feed-In Tariff Program with Mathew Bertin
Join Mathew as he explains the Ontario Feed-In Tariff program, how it works and what the necessary steps are for installing your own solar array. Topics covered in this workshop will include an in-depth look at the application process, how to choose a solar installer, different models of ownership and a walk-through of a typical installation.

About Mathew
Mathew Bertin is the Communications & Stakeholder Relations Manager for Windfall Ecology Centre. He is responsible for managing the organization’s external communications and developing strategic relationships with partners, elected officials, the public and funders. During his 15 years as an activist, he held a number of senior positions and is the former Director of Operations and Technology for the Liberal Party of Canada. Mathew holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Windsor and frequently lectures on approaches to climate change, effective use of social media and the importance of activism.

SIGHTS ON SUSTAINABILITY: SCREENING ROOM

A Day in the Life of Water (2011)
4.5 minutes
One man’s water use in one average day, with great graphics to explain where it all comes from.
Pipe Dreams: The Drinking Water Adventures of Danny Droplet (2010)
5 minutes
Danny Droplet races through the pipeline to bring us clean, safe drinking water – but first he must defeat the Filthy Five.
The Spring House (2011)
5.5 minutes
This century-old gazebo is bringing together the past, the present, and the future of Lake Simcoe – and bringing everyone back to the water.
Do Your Part (2011)
6 minutes
An educational video on York Region’s waste management with a focus on how to action using the 3R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Water: Reviving the Way We Live (2011)
10.5 minutes
A documentary of events, reactions and thoughts evoked during the development of York Region’s Long Term Water Conservation Strategy.

GUIDED TOURS
This one-hour tour takes you through two LEED Platinum homes which showcase sustainable resources and technologies that relate to water, energy, resources and air quality.

Power Trip Trail Tour
The Power Trip Trail houses one of Canada’s largest educational demonstrations of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. You can pump water by riding a bike and see how your efforts measure up against a solar panel; you can try your hand at testing wind speed using an anemometer; and you can check out a cottage powered by wind and solar energy.

Farm Tour
Brand new to Kortright this year is the on-site sustainable organic farm operated by Matchbox Garden. Come talk to the farmers and learn how they use bio-dynamic practices to grow over 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits.

Wetland Tour
Come explore Kortright’s largest wetland, the cattail marsh, and be on the lookout for resident wildlife, including ducks, geese, turtles, frogs, fish, and even the beautiful trumpeter swans.

ALL-DAY ACTIVITIES

  • Bird House Building
    Invite birds into your backyard with a bird house made with your very own hands!  * Limit one per family, while supplies last.
  • 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.  * While supplies last.

Tree Planting
Roll up your sleeves and plant a tree for the planet.  * Limit one per family, while supplies last

  • Geocaching
    Beginners can opt for a quick lession with a GPS unit before setting off to find hidden geocaches on the Kortright property. Whatever your experience level, this activity offers a fun way to explore the conservation park.

Pond Dipping at Spring Peeper Pond
With a dip net in hand, look for the many critters that live or start their life in this valuable wetland

Canadian Peregrine Foundation Barn Visit
Drop by the Canadian Peregrine Foundation Barn and talk to the handler to learn more about peregrine falcons and other amazing raptors.