REAP Down to Earth Week connects Calgarians to sustainable lifestyles

Calgary’s only sustainable business association, REAP, kicks off an action packed Earth Week Festival with Earth Hour – complete with candles and a celebration along the Bow River – on March 28th.

The week long celebration of sustainable living includes Calgary Economic Development’s first Green Business Report and three well known authors talking about the business of sustainability.

To wrap up REAP Down to Earth Week on April 4th, there’s a sustainable fashion show and presentation by sustainable shopping expert and author Dr. Ellis Jones. A green market will showcase local merchants providing sustainable products and services, and a “Meet the Experts” panel will take questions about how to go green in Calgary.

Throughout the week, learn about local food systems with local feature menus at restaurants Catch, Farm, Open Range, River Café and Velvet. Enjoy arts, culture and self expression courtesy of Sage Theatre and The Pachamama Alliance.

March 28 – Earth Hour in partnership with EcoLiving Events. 8:00 pm, 1111 Memorial Drive NW

March 29 – The Pachamama Alliance symposium on Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream 10 am – 5 pm, Pioneer’s Lodge, 3625 – 4 Street SW

March 30 – Calgary Economic Development and REAP present the first Calgary Green Business Report. 11:30 am, Calgary Public Library downtown

March 31 – Peter Brown, author of new book “Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy” talks about stewardship economics. 11:30 am, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 1 – Talia Potter from the Calgary Folk Music Festival discusses how the CFMF has reduced its environmental impact. 11:30 am, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 2 – Paul Edney, author of new book “Inspire Enterprise: 30 Small Actions in Your Workplace That Have a Big Impact” discusses how to engage employees for a greener workplace. 11:30 am, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 2 – Ignite! Launch in partnership with Sage Theatre showcases up-and-coming local artists 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Webster Galleries, 812 – 11 Avenue SW

April 3 -Dr. Ellis Jones, author of "The Better World Shopping Guide" will help local businesses understand global best practices in green consumerism. 11:30 am, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 4 – Responsible Shopping event with a sustainable fashion show, expert panel on going green and presentation by sustainable shopping author Dr. Ellis Jones. 1:00-5:00 pm SAIT, Colonel Walker Hangar

About REAP

REAP – Respect for the Earth and All People – wants to help educate Calgarians that their day-to-day decisions can help create a more sustainable future. REAP Members are Calgary businesses that make ethical business decisions – buying green power, paying their employees a living wage, supporting local suppliers and giving back to their community – because they believe in corporate social responsibility.

For more information visit www.reapcalgary.com/earthweek or contact REAP’s president and founder, Stephanie Jackman, (403) 862-2874 or stephanie@reapcalgary.com

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