Sustainability

From the SITE Canada Sustainability Desk 

SITE Earth Day Clean-Up Challenge
April 21, 2021

If you have ever participated in a neighbourhood clean-up, you will understand how rewarding it feels to see the amount of garbage you have kept off our streets. Imagine if everyone got involved even just for one hour a year - we could make our streets greener, cleaner, and safer.

 All it takes is a committed mindset and mere minutes to gather equipment  and  take action right away.

Here are some tips for doing your own clean-up:

  • All you need are:
     -Two garbage bags (one for garbage and one for compost)
     -Protective gloves such as gardening gloves so they can be washed after use
     -A garbage picker for sharp and dangerous materials - tongs work well for this
     -A wagon if you have one to keep the bags in
     -A bottle of water and some healthy snacks to keep you energized
     -Sanitizer
     -And don’t forget your mask!
  • The reason why a recycling bag is not included is that chances are, if a recyclable item is on the street, it probably isn’t cleaned for recycling and will end up contaminating other recyclable items in that bin. If the item does not need to be cleaned and has not been contaminated, such as paper, then stick it in the composting bin and sort it out at home.
  • Review your city guidelines, so you are familiar with what items are garbage, recyclable or compostable. *Tip: disposable coffee cups and lids are not recyclable. They have an inner lining that prevents them from being properly recycled.
  • Gather your family, friends or neighbours and make a friendly competition out of it. Whoever collects the least amount of trash buys ice cream for the winners!
  • Set a goal that will motivate you and your crew along the way, such as setting a time limit, filling up X amount of bags, pre-determining a route to take, or committing to picking up X amount of trash.
  • Take a picture of the activity, including the amount of trash collected, and share it on social media. The more people see this, the more it’ll inspire other people to do the same. Share, share, share!

Start small, and after one clean-up, you’ll feel nothing but goodness and accomplishment. And it doesn’t have to end there - neighbourhood clean-ups don’t just happen during Earth Month, they can be done any time of the year. Plan a clean-up day just before winter arrives so when the snow melts in the spring, you aren’t left with any surprises that have been buried under snow and slush for several months. The most important thing to keep in mind is to have fun! The easier you make this, the more enjoyable it will be. Let’s band together and go green!

#SITEgoesgreen #SITEsustainability

SITE Canada Earth Day Pledge
April 14, 2021

Today is the big day! We are launching our SITE Canada Earth Day pledge. 

We want you to announce your commitment on social media by making a pledge that contributes to creating a more sustainable planet.

Here's How It Works:
Today on each of SITE Canada's social media feeds (see below for a link to each platform) we are going to make a post about the Earth Day pledge.

Post your pledge and photo in the comment section of the SITE Canada post with the hashtag: #SITEgoesgreen. Or create your own post but you must tag @sitecanada (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn) @SITECan (Facebook) and include the hashtag: #SITEgoesgreen. 

Each tagged post will be entered for a chance to win an exciting prize to be drawn at random from the submissions! We will be gathering all the posts and images to share with you in a future SITE Canada InSITEs and Inspirations newsletter. 

We look forward to seeing all your pledges!

Be sure to follow SITE Canada on social media

Contest Rules:

Contest runs until April 30, 2021.

Open to all SITE & non-SITE members in Canada and around the globe.

Prize can only be shipped within Canada.

SITE Canada Awarded Sustainability Certification
January 24, 2021