When you visit the EcoFair, not only do you get to learn about green products, services and programs from the exhibitors, but you can take part in free, hands-on interactive activities! We have something fun planned for all members of the family!
—– OUTSIDE THE BARNS in 2017 —–
St. Clair West Renewable Energy Walk @ 2:00pm
Join us for a walking tour of St. Clair West to find out what everyday Torontonians are doing to lead the renewable energy transition, and how you can get involved! Toronto Renewable Energy Network (TREN) and Green Neighbours 21 will share what’s happening to green Toronto’s energy mix, and home owners will share their experiences of supporting renewables. The walk starts at 2pm, is 60 minutes in length and starts/ends at the EcoFair.
Ride’n Drive – Electric Car Test Drives
If you have not yet driven an electric car, now is your chance! Test drive the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt with 400kms of all electric range. 11:00am – 4:00pm
Hosted by Plug’n Drive
Bring your bike and get on-the-spot bike repairs! 11:00am – 4:00pm
Hosted by Repair Cafe
Parking enforcement officer and bike awareness advocate Kyle Ashley will be conducting break out groups to talk about driving with bikes in Toronto, as well as bike safety knowledge for cyclists. Read more about Kyle Ashley in this Toronto Star article.
—– INSIDE THE BARNS in 2017 —–
Apple Cider and Worm Composting
Press and taste your own apple cider, learn how to make your own worm compost bin, and learn about Black Creek Community Farm’s organic vegetable farm right in the city! 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hosted by Black Creek Community Farm
Community members from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. The bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-use – one community, needle and thread at a time! 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hosted by Boomerang Bags
Lengthen the life of your wardrobe by bringing in your clothes that require mending – free repairs provided by Toronto Clothing Repairathon. Save money and the planet at the same time! 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hosted by Toronto Clothing Repairathon
Explore sustainable beekeeping, roles in the hive, honey bee and native bee anatomy, methods of communication, and the importance of bees as keystone species (pollinators). 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hosted by Hive Consciousness
Home Energy Savings Initiative (HESI) Workshops
Interested in Home Energy Savings? Learn about the Home Energy Savings Initiative and ways that you can save money on your energy bills. You will also hear about the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) offered by the City of Toronto, which provides low-interest loans for retrofit projects.
Session #1 @ 12:00-12:30 / Session #2 @ 1:00-1:30
Let’s Talk Climate Change
Climate change – does the topic sometimes leave you with a sense of overwhelm? Confused about what to do? Visit Let’s Talk Climate Change in the Storyteller’s room for a collaborative exploration of challenges and opportunities, fears and hopes – and together let’s build some energy to find what motivates us to move forward with confidence. 30 minute session starting at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm.
Inspired by Carbon Conversations UK
Pioneer Arts and Crafts
Reuse common materials using techniques from the 1800’s to make your own rag rug coasters and thaumatropes. Don’t know what thaumatropes are? Stop by and find out (hint – it’s a toy!).
Hosted by The Community History Project
Self Spa Mini Workshops
Learn how to make a customized bath salt, body scrub and or face mask using simple, natural and often local ingredients and zero new plastic and durable containers. This year’s theme is body care and packaging that does not pollute our waters. Take home what you make! 11:00am – 3:00pm
Hosted by Anarres Natural Health Apothecary
Socially Responsible Investing
Learn about socially responsible investing with our event sponsor, Meridian Credit Union. 11:00am – 4:00pm
Hosted by Meridian Credit Union