To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in 2015 (April 22 in case you haven’t marked your calendar), we put together a list of 45 green actions to help you celebrate.

We have included a wide range of ideas – cool stuff, practical stuff, fun stuff – all actions that can make a difference. Some of them can be implemented now, and some could be for later, but all are ways to make every day, Earth Day. We encourage you and your family to give one (or a few!) a try.

  1. Wherever you live in Manitoba, register for the Commuter Challenge.
  2. Don’t bag your grass. Grasscycle! Keep your lawn healthy and green.
  3. Get your bike ready for spring.
  4. Register with Dig In Manitoba to learn about healthy local food, share information and grow your own.
  5. Join Green Action Centre.Get connected and help encourage greener, better living in Manitoba. If you are already a member, get one more person to join.
  6. You don’t have to do it all yourself. Get together with others to help make change – green your workplace, help start a community composting program , or check out school travel planning to see how to get kids walking and cycling actively and safely to school.
  7. Shop smart. We can’t shop our way to sustainability, but we can make thoughtful choices when we do have to buy things.
  8. Sign up to receive our Active and Green newsletter.
  9. Check out community supported agriculture in Manitoba – a great way to get fresh local produce over the summer while supporting local farmers.
  10. Make a donation to Green Action Centre. Your contribution helps us reach more Manitobans with tips, ideas, information, support, links and learning opportunities for greener living.
  11. Freecycle those used but still valuable items.
  12. Consider signing on to Peg City Car Coop. It’s about car sharing as an alternative to buying and maintaining your own vehicle.
  13. If you live in Winnipeg, take the bus and travel by Rapid Transit. There’s more to come. This is just a taste of what is in store for Winnipeg commuters.
  14. It is still one of the basics – recycle! Let’s keep tires, used oil, electronics and household hazardous waste out of the landfill.
  15. Support Green Action Centre by purchasing a Living Green necklace designed by Hilary Druxman!
  16. Register for the Tim Hortons annual downtown Earth Day clean-up event hosted by our proud partner, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. You could win prizes and you can contribute to beating last year’s record of picking up over 2500lbs of litter!
  17. “Take a portable mug with you where you go so you don’t have to use a paper cup, or use ceramic mugs or washable mugs at work so you don’t have to use paper cups!” – Heather
  18. “Encourage people to use ceramic dishes and a dishwasher at work instead of using disposable dishes.” – Heather
  19. Attend Fort Whyte Alive’s annual Earth Day event, Sunday April 28th.
  20. Follow us on Twitter for practical green living tips and industry-related content.
  21. “Use digital versions of documents (pdfs) and email them to co-workers instead of copying and handing them the paper version.” – Heather
  22. Say No to junk mail. Green Action Centre has stickers.
  23. Plan to participate in Jane’s Walk this year. Learn about Winnipeg neighbourhoods by joining one or more of the free guided walks scheduled during the first weekend in May.
  24. Travel green with your kids – bus, walk, cycle or share a ride.
  25. Make a meat-free meal.
  26. Go through your cosmetics and sunscreens and identify toxic ingredients. Switch to non-toxic products that are not tested on animals.
  27. Recycle your cell phone.
  28. Some electronic equipment uses standby power to maintain functions even when they are theoretically off. Turn off the phantoms by unplugging devices when they are not in use, or switching to Energy Star electronics.
  29. When you drive, practise fuel efficient driving habits.
  30. Contribute to the Restore the Canopy project: Help plant 10 million trees in impoverished areas around the world.
  31. Check us out on Pinterest: DIY, upcycling and much more!
  32. Get a rain barrel. Rain barrels can store up to 200 litres of quality (though non-potable) water, and can be refilled by as little as a few millimetres of rainfall. We recommend oak barrels from Paul’s Containers.
  33. Buy local. Be a locavore!
  34. Get outside! Ride a bike, take a walk or just relax and enjoy nature.
  35. Watch one of Green Action Centre’s videos: How to Compost or Bike Winnipeg!
  36. Use a clothesline to dry clothes. International Clothesline Week is in June. Get started today!
  37. Save energy and money at home. Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart for Homes program can tell you how.
  38. Plan your next vacation by train, bus, or carpool and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  39. Make your next meeting at work a green meeting.
  40. Start composting today. We have ideas to get you started.
  41. Make your own green cleaning products. They’ll save you money, work just as effectively as commercial products, and are better for the environment and for your health!
  42. Join us on Facebook.
  43. Write a letter to your MLA or MP about an environmental issue that is important to you.
  44. “Use a double sided copier. Use old photocopies for scratch paper instead of throwing them out.” – Heather
  45. The Manitoba government has set a target of reducing the use of single use plastic bags in our province by 50% by 2015. Reduce your use of plastic bags, and reuse and recycle the ones already in your home – or return your plastic bags altogether. Check out this local list.

Leave us a comment and share your Earth Day ideas!