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In support of World Environment Day 2008, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) offered two topics of discussion to community groups and corporations in the Calgary area. The presentations were: 'Rivers Running Dry?' and 'Let's Talk Toilets!'

For more information, please contact:
Bryndis Whitson
The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST)
12, 2916 - 5 Avenue NE T2A 6K4 Calgary, Alberta
Tel: +1 403-243-3285 Ext 236
Fax: +1 403-243-6199
E-mail: bwhitson@cawst.org
Website: www.cawst.org

To mark World Environment Day 2008, Valorisateurs Ecologiques held a Focus on Trees, photo and text contest. This contest encouraged citizens of the area to spend some time focusing on the trees found in their urban surroundings. It also emphasized on sensitization of the general public to the importance of trees in combating climate change and helping to mitigate carbon emissions. At the vernissage, which took place on 5 June, presentations on renewable energy sources and other "green-lifestyle" choices were made. The contest was open to two categories general public and elementary and high school participants.

For more information, please contact:
Isabel Julian
Valorisateurs Ecologiques
4101 Decarie Boulevard Montreal
Tel: 514-482-8778
Fax: 514-482-1736
E-mail: ecoquartier@valoeco.org
Website: www.valoeco.org

Kincardine Township Tiverton Public School (KTTPS) has an ongoing campaign dubbed “carbon offset, plant a tree” to educate its community about its local carbon credit programme.

This is a partnership with the Saugeen Conservation office for tree planting programmes. If you can't plant a tree they will plant it for you. The campaign involves selling of a card at $5.00 and $1.00 goes to the NPO organization they are supporting.

For more information, please contact:
Carol Blake
Green Team
Tel: +1 519-396-5170
E-mail: mcblake@bmts.com

Saint John
To mark World Environment Day 2008, the Canadian green centre launched a reverse vending machine for aluminium cans and plastic bottles with focus on “green community green living”. There were workshop sessions, one game booth and a large-scale exhibition. More than 21,000 people attended.

For more information, please contact:
Fred Mugaborurangwa
Canadian Green centre
193 maclaren blvd saint john
Tel: 506 652-9130
Fax: 506 653-9180
E-mail: fred291016@yahoo.ca
Website: www.canadiangreencentre.ca


Nokia employees took the initiative to give up some form of activity that would affect the environment for short periods of time. This was indeed a great step in ensuring the due respect Mother Earth deserves. There were pledges like "drive to work with a colleague for 1 week", "bike to work for a week", "give up paper cups for 1 month, instead use a mug", "use a laptop instead of taking printouts for 10 days ".

For more information, please contact:
Sriram Seetharam
5 Wayside Rd Burlington
United States of America
Tel:  +1 781-738-5682
E-mail: sriram.seetharam@nokia.com

The Chicago Botanic Garden is the North American host for World Environment Day 2008. At the Garden, events highlighted resources and initiatives that promoted low carbon economies and lifestyles, such as improved energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption.

Throughout the day on June 5, the Chicago Botanic Garden featured a “Knowledge and Action” marketplace where non-profit, academic, student, government, cultural, and environmental organizations demonstrated the many ways that individuals, businesses, and governmental bodies could help reduce their carbon footprint.

On June 5, visitors to the Fruit and Vegetable Garden received the Melrose Pepper, which is an easy-to-grow, carbon-absorbing plant. Also from June 5 through 8, the Fruit and Vegetable Garden hosted demonstrations of organic gardening and composting.
The Garden unveiled UNEP's North American International Children’s Painting Competition (ICPC) exhibition at a special awards ceremony sponsored by Bayer Corporation. Kindergarten through fifth grade students from Chicago area schools also met Chicago native and hometown hero, Dr. Mae C. Jemison. Dr. Jemison is a scientist, educator, and the nation’s first African-American female astronaut.

An afternoon plenary session open to all brought together local, regional, national, and international experts on global warming and climate change to discuss ways individuals everywhere could reduce their carbon footprint.  Speakers included Dr. Ashok Khosla, former director of the UN Environment Programme and Sasakawa Award winner; Amy Fraenkel, Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for North America; Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the City of Chicago, Department of the Environment; and Mary Gade, Region 5 US EPA administrator.

For more information, please contact:
The Chicago Botanic Garden
Website: www.chicagobotanic.org or www.rona.unep.org

Sustainable Future, a yahoo internet and e-mail discussion group, devoted World Environment Day 2008 exclusively to the topic of trees and reforestation as important parts of building a low carbon economy. Of particular emphasis was forest gardening.

For more information, please contact:
Tim Gamble
4103 Wimbledon Dr Dallas
United States of America
E-mail: croixian@gmail.com
Website: groups.yahoo.com/group/SustainableFuture

To celebrate World Environment Day 2008 the Encinitas Community held two events: the Encinitas Environment Day Expo and Cottonwood Creek Film Festival which was meant to educate them on how organizations and businesses in Encinitas work to help the environment. Speakers, forums, music, and poetry contests spiced up the events. The CCFF screened films that had environmental messages. Fun and educational events were held throughout the month.

For more information:
John Gjata
Encinitas Parks & Recreation Commission/DEMA
818 South Coast Highway Encinitas
United States of America
Tel: 1-760-943-1950
Email: info@eeday.org
Website: www.eeday.org

Portovert, named best green wedding site by Martha Stewart Weddings, launched World Environment Day 2008 with the world in mind to celebrate the UN's activities. This will be an annual campaign/event for Portovert LLC.

For more information, please contact:
Meghan Meyers
Portovert LLC
2465 Centreville Rd, Suite 223 Herndon
United States of America
Tel: 703.467.0378
E-mail: meghan@portovert.com
Website: www.portovert.com

Ten KBR offices in 8 different countries, England, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, The United States of America, and Mexico is held a worldwide environmental event during the month of June led by IMPACT, the KBR young leaders organization. The goal of the event titled “KBR’s Green Impact” was to “promote environmental awareness through our actions”, primarily focusing on actions each employee can take to reduce their carbon footprint. Activities began on May 30 in Monterrey, Mexico with a kick off party and adopting a tree and the following day with marsh grass planting on the coast of Galveston, Texas and ending on June 21 with tree panting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

For more information, please contact:
Nathan Kim
E-mail: Nathan.Kim@kbr.com
Website: www.kbr.com

As part of the events preceding World Environment Day 2008, Ambit Eco Paper Inc. held a symposium "The Legend of Eco Paper". The chief guest was recycled paper inventor Eric Chen and he spoke on the importance of creativity and a recycled mindset. This took place on 17 May at Metro Bank and on 18 May at Tzuchi Buddhism Foundation.

For more information, please contact:
James Chen
Ambit Eco Paper Inc.
7001 Corporate Dr 208 Houston, TX
United States of America
Tel: +1 7134848181
Fax: +1 7134848181
E-mail: james@ambitusa.com
Website: www.ebao.us

The Indiana Finance Authority Environmental Programmes (the Indiana Brownfields Programmes and Indiana State Revolving Fund Loan Programme) hosted the first IFA Sustainability Workshop on the occasion of World Environment Day 2008. The Workshop featured leaders in the developing field of Sustainable Infrastructure and Green Development. The theme of the Workshop is to promote sustainability through creative incentives.

For more information, please contact:
William Harkins
Indiana Finance Authority Environmental Programmes
100 North Senate Avenue, Room 1275 Indianapolis
United States of America
Tel: +1 317 234 4862
Fax: +1 317 234 1338
E-mail: wharkins@ifa.in.gov
Website: www.in.gov/ifa/index.htm

On the occasion of World Environment day 2008, Wake Robin Inn gave away free low-wattage CFL bulbs to local residents in the small town of Lakeville, CT. Limit 5 13W bulbs per family.

For more information, please contact:
Shaffin Shariff
Wake Robin Inn
106 Sharon Rd Lakeville
United States of America
Tel: 1-860-435-2000
E-mail: shaffin@wakerobininn.com
Website: www.wakerobininn.com

Los Angeles
The Canoga Park Youth Arts Center, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs,presented an installation of expressive projects exploring issues of climate change, environmental awareness and leadership. Students created artworks made from their own recycled trash items with the resulting assemblage forming a vast "quilt" enveloping the gallery. They also had free family drop-in educational art workshops during the exhibition that allowed the audience to participate.

For more information, please contact:
John Paul Thornton
Canoga Park Youth Arts Center, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
7222 Remmet Ave. Canoga Park
United States of America
Tel: +1 818 346-7099
E-mail: john.thornton@lacity.org
Website: web.mac.com/canogaparkartcenter/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html

To mark the World Environment Day Green Art USA organized a green art project which was to be presented at the art and design fair during Miami’s high art season in December 2008.

For more information please contact:
Luis Valenzuela
Green Art USA.org
46 NW 36 Street Loft #2 Miami
United States
Email: info@greenartusa.org

To celebrate the World Environment Day, the public was invited by Kenexa to participate in walking or cycling to the work place and thereafter all participants were served breakfast.

For more information please contact:
Nicole DeWald
650 E Swedesford Road Wayne
United States
Tel: 402.419.5309
Fax: 877.432.8681
Email: nicole.dewald@kenexa.com
Website: www.kenexa.com

New York
World Environment Day was observed at the United Nations Head Quarters and New York City in a variety of ways:

On the morning of 5 June, the Secretary-General participated in the launch in Times Square of the US version of the “Together” campaign - an initiative of the Climate Group dedicated to bringing together the average consumer with big business, major NGOs and local authorities to help solve climate change. In his remarks, the Secretary General flagged Climate Neutral Network (CN Net)and noted that UNEP had launched Kick the Habit earlier that day. Among other VIPs were NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the head of ICLEI, and CEOs from several US banks and retail outlets. Copies of Kick the Habit were also distributed to approximately 75 media members at a Together.com luncheon at NASDAQ.

The evening before, the New Zealand Mission and the UNEP New York Office (NYO) co-hosted a reception/cultural event at the Mission, with numerous Ambassadors in attendance. This was followed on the 5th by a panel discussion on this year’s theme co-organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI ) and NYO, involving the New Zealand Ambassador, and representatives from Environmental Defense Fund, National Geographic and NYO.

NYO’s Interfaith Partnership on the Environment hosted a screening of the new documentary Renewal -- Inspiring stories from America's religious environmental movement, followed by a discussion with filmmakers and several groups showcased in the film.

The US State Department launched a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), narrated by Harrison Ford, on the subject of illegal wildlife trading. Actress Bo Derek, a US special envoy on the issue, was the guest speaker, along with the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, Chile, India, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).

Also on the 5th of June, NYO participated in “Talk Radio Day” at the UN. Organized by DPI and the UN Foundation, the Day brings talk radio presenters from across the US political spectrum, to UN Headquarters, for interviews with UN staff and the diplomatic community.

For more information, Please contact:
Jim Sniffen
Information Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
Tel: +1-212-963-8094/8210
E-mail: info@nyo.unep.org
Website: www.nyo.unep.org

New York

Student video conference for World Environment Day 2008
On 28 May, students around the world, including videoconference sites in Malaysia, Australia, United States, and Canada(along with students assembled at the UN headquarters in New York)shared what they have been doing in their schools and communities to reduce greenhouse gas. This event aimed at increasing awareness of the contributions that young people are making to achieve a low carbon lifestyle.

For more information, please contact:



On the occasion of World Environment Day 2008, the Linn-Benton Community College Concert and Chamber Choir in collaboration with guest musicians from the community, presented "Missa Gaia: Earth Mass." The mass, composed in 1981 by the Paul Winter Consort, is an ecumenical work celebrating the whole earth as sacred space, integrating human and animal voices, classical and world music instruments.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Peck
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd. SW Albany, Oregon
United States of America
Tel: +1 541-207-2889
E-mail: pecks@linnbenton.edu

A drawing contest for kids within the schools at the Sandy Bay-West End Marine Protected Area was held by the Roatan Marine Park as a way to mark the World Environment Day. The theme of the contest was “Protecting Roatan’s Reefs” and judges were the visiting tourists at the Park.

For more information please contact:
Grazzia Matamoros
Roatan Marine Park
Half Moon Bay, West End Roatan
United States
Tel: (504) 4454206
Email: roatanmarinepark@yahoo.com
Website: www.roatanmarinepark.com

Peterson Air Force Base
Military Personnel at the Peterson Air Force Base marked the World Environment Day with activities that included cycling to work, green roof tour, movie showing of '11th Hour', carpool to work, energy and environmental expo, adopt-a-road, youth poster contest, 5k fun run, and a golf tournament. All this was done with the aim of stressing the importance of eliminating dependencies on carbon through conservation, reuse and recycling.

For more information please contact:
Trevor Hobson
United States Air Force - Peterson Air Force Base
580 Goodfellow Street Peterson AFB, CO
United States
Tel: 719-556-1410
Fax: 719-556-5201
Email: trevor.hobson@peterson.af.mil

Students at spring side school will divert roof storm water from uselessly washing into areas that need no more water into holding areas for later use. This will also stop water from taking valuable topsoil and trash into the nearby watershed.

For more information, please contact:
Ceci Clark
Springside School
8000 Cherokee Street Philadelphia PA
United States of America
E-mail: ceclark@springside.org
Website: www.springside.org

To celebrate World Environment Day 2008, the Sierra Club Sacramento Group held the River City Run, which is a 5 and 10 km run in honor of the day. Proceeds benefited sustainable living projects in the community through Sustainable Sacramento grants. The event took place on 1 June 2008 in Old Sacramento.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy Ries
Sierra Club Sacramento Group/River City Run
441 La Purissima Way Sacramento
United States of America
Tel: +1 916-739-6705
Fax: +1 916-739-6705
E-mail: director@rivercityrun.org
Website: www.rivercityrun.org

San Francisco
To celebrate World Environment Day 2008, the San Francisco Department of the Environment sponsored its third International Pen Pal Program. They matched five classes in San Francisco with five classes in Kolkata, India. They also held a World Environment Day Art Contest in San Francisco for grades K-12.

For more information, please contact:
Tamar Hurwitz
SF Department of the Environment
11 Grove Street San Francisco
United States of America
Tel: +1 415-355-3763
Fax: +1 415 554 6393
E-mail: tamar.hurwitz@sfgov.org
Website: www.SFEnvironment.org

As a way of marking the World Environment Day Azure, Inc Company launched a new policy to recycle all paper materials and future purchasing of recycled paper for office use when available.

For more information please contact:
Katrina Rosa
Azure, Inc.
101 Badger Drive Taylors
United States
Tel: 8643710970
Email: katrina@azureadv.com
Website: www.azureadvertising.com

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2008, HSBC Card and Retail Services had an Informational outreach day where vendors representing environmental, recycling, energy, and transportation organizations met employees to promote environmental awareness.

For more information, please contact:
Robert Griner
HSBC Card and Retail Services
12447 SW 69th Ave Tigard
United States of America
Tel: 503-686-2575
E-mail: robert.l.griner@us.hsbc.com

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance joined the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Eco-Cycle (based in Boulder, Colorado) to release a new report dubbed “Stop Trashing the Climate”. The report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap for how to significantly reduce GHG emissions within a short period. The report concludes that a zero waste approach is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies for combating climate change.

For more information, please contact:
Brenda Platt
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
927 15th Street, NW, 4th Floor Washington, DC
United States of America
Tel: +1 202-898-1610 x 230
Fax: +1 202-898-1612
E-mail: bplatt@ilsr.org
Website: www.ilsr.org