COMPOSTING

We can also provide resources and guidance on the best approaches to start composting at your school, workplace or organization.

Backyard Composting

Composting is a great way to reduce waste and at the same time reduce your environmental footprint. Learn how to recycle your kitchen scraps and yard waste into a rich natural soil amendment. Learn the benefits of composting, how to get started, key factors for successful composting, and how to use your finished compost. Request this presentation.

Vermi-composting

No yard or space for an outdoor compost bin? No problem! Vermi-composting is an easy and compact way to reduce your waste. Learn the basics behind composting with Red Wriggler worms, including setting up a bin, feeding your worms, keeping them healthy, and harvesting your finished compost. Request this presentation.

 

COMMUTING

Our presentations on greening your commute range from creating a commuter friendly workplace or increasing active school travel to details on bike route planning, safe riding skills and bike maintenance. Request this presentation.

Active School Travel

Learn about supportive programs, environments and plans that can help increase the number of children walking or wheeling to school. From creating a Walking School Bus, hosting a walkabout or addressing policy and infrastructure needs through School Travel planning, we have the resources you need to get started. Request this presentation.

Green Commuting Options

Get the tools and tips you need to ride your bike, hop on a bus, carpool, or walk to work and elsewhere. Learn how to use the various transit tools, plan your route to bike to work, and begin thinking of your daily travel options in a whole new way. Create a commute that you’ll enjoy! Request this presentation.

Commuter Friendly Workplace

Learn the basic steps to create a friendlier environment for employees to walk, bike, take transit, carpool or telecommute. Tap into resources to help meet your sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandate, increase employee health and wellness, or simply find a better way to get to work. Request this presentation.

Bike Route Planning

Learn the ins and outs of the Winnipeg Cycling Map to plan a bike route that suits your comfort level. Become familiar with the various types of infrastructure – from cycletracks to sharrows to bike lanes. Find tips and tools to help you ride more often to more places. Request this presentation.

Cycling Skills

Learn the essentials of how to ride your bike safely in most situations. Based on Cycling Canada’s CAN-BIKE program, learn about safety equipment and your bike, basic traffic theory and road positioning, and how to deal with road hazards. Request this presentation.

Basic Bike Maintenance

Learn how to keep your bike running smoothly so you can ride carefree. Topics covered include proper bike fit, how to clean, lubricate and adjust your bike components to keep the bike operating properly, and how to change a flat tire.

 

GREENER LIVING

Presentation topics include greening your workplace, household sustainability and cleaning products, and greening the holidays. Request this presentation.

Greening the Workplace

Get highlights and helpful resources on how to reduce waste, increase recycling, save energy, improve commuting options, move toward a green procurement policy, and track progress. Request this presentation.

Household Cleaning Products

Household cleaning products are a significant source of chemical pollution both in our environment and in our workspaces. Get off the chemical treadmill with this presentation. Learn the benefits of reduced chemical dependence and explore practical, natural alternatives. Request this presentation.

Greening the Holidays

With the pressure to buy, buy and buy some more during the Xmas holidays, it can be tricky to be green without being a Grinch. Learn practical ideas on how to reduce stress, spend less, and survive the consumer frenzy of that time of year. From gifts and cards to wrapping and decorating.  Request this presentation.

 

CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS

Presentations on the following topics are available for schools in Winnipeg.

Tracking the Blue Box

Everyone is curious about what happens to recyclables after they get picked up. Using samples and illustrations, this presentation tracks four common materials (paper, metal, glass, plastic) from blue box through re-processing to end use. With older students, we also critically consider the role of recycling as a resource conservation practice. Our most popular presentation. K – Grade 8. Request this presentation.

Beyond the Blue Box

We examine the principles and practices of recycling in the context of all four Rs. The concepts of full-cost accounting and environmental stewardship are introduced to raise some of the broader questions about shared responsibility and environmental sustainability. Students are encouraged to consider the ecological consequences of their everyday resource-use decisions. Grades 9 – 12. Request this presentation.

Paper Chase

Paper is one of the most familiar classroom materials. We explain how paper is made, discuss paper recycling, examine alternative fibres, and show samples of recycled paper products. Students are encouraged to consider how all four Rs (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) can be applied to paper. K – Grade 6. Request this presentation.

Composting: Nature’s Recycling

We explore the amazing process by which organic waste is turned into an invaluable garden material (humus) that plants love, identify some of the living organisms that do the work, and discuss why composting is so important in waste reduction. K – Grade 12. Request this presentation.

Litterless Lunches

Eating a nutritious lunch is essential to our health, but how does the garbage from our lunches affect the health of the Earth? A “regular” brown bag lunch is reviewed in terms of amount of garbage created, and types of garbage produced. Students generate simple changes for creating a litterless lunch — one that is healthy for them and the Earth. K – Grade 8. Request this presentation.

Our Ecological Footprint

Everything we use to survive (including the air, water, food we consume, and clothes we wear) originates in Nature. This eye-opening presentation asks whether our rates of consumption and waste disposal are sustainable, and whether our use of resources is fair to others with whom we share the planet. Students discuss specific ways we can all help to make a difference. Grade 6 – 12. Request this presentation.

Water: A Drop in the Bucket

Water is everywhere. It makes up our rivers, lakes and oceans. It’s in our air, our food, and even in us! We all need clean water every day to stay alive, but how much water do we use? Are we wasting water? Why should we be concerned about the way we use and abuse this resource? This presentation addresses all of these questions, concentrating on positive individual actions and choices. K – Grade 12. Request this presentation.

Our Greenhouse World

Earth is a greenhouse that keeps people warm and helps plants grow. We explain how a greenhouse works, consider the effect of increased heat on our greenhouse planet, and discuss ways of keeping planet Earth healthy and safe. Suggested actions include recycling, saving energy, and conserving water. Grade 2 – 4. Request this presentation.

The Greenhouse Effect

Starting with the science of the greenhouse effect, this presentation identifies gases (and their sources) that contribute to climate change. Possible measures to help bring atmospheric greenhouse gases down to stable levels are discussed. We emphasize positive actions students, schools and communities can take. Grade 5 – 8. Request this presentation.

Climate Change

This presentation for older grades examines the causes, effects and implications of climate change. Climate change goes well beyond “global warming”. Large-scale shifts in ecosystems, disruptions in species populations and increased incidence of severe weather are among the predicted and increasingly observed effects. Students are introduced to this issue as a case-study in environmental decision-making. Grades 9 – 12. Request this presentation.