REAP Down to Earth Week connects Calgarians to sustainable lifestyles

Thanks goes to Stephanie Jackman for sharing…

Calgary’s only sustainable business association, REAP, is pleased to announce its second annual festival of
sustainable living from April 6-11, 2010.

The week long celebration includes Calgary’s first “Healthy Families, Healthy Planet” Report and a panel of experts on detoxifying your home.

A business lecture series, co-hosted by Calgary Public Library and presented by First Calgary Savings, will feature authors and local business people to provide practical advice about the business of sustainability. And an evening presentation by Dr. David Korten – in partnership with The Arusha Centre, Thrive, Parkland Institute and Public Interest Alberta – will
provide practical proposals for a future in which economic power is rooted in people and communities

To wrap up REAP Down to Earth Week on April 11th, there’s Food For Thought; a chance for Calgarians to sample locally and sustainably grown food, prepared and presented by independent restaurants, followed by a screening of the film Food Fight. Live music by Chris Velan will conclude the evening with a portion of proceeds going to 1% For the Planet.

This event is presented in partnership with Earth Day Canada, Calgary Food Policy Council and Community Natural Foods.

Throughout the week, learn about local food systems with local feature menus at restaurants Community Natural Foods Market Café, Dairy Lane, Open Range, River Café, The Coup, The District, Velvet, and Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom.

All of the events during REAP Down to Earth Week will be bullfrogpowered with 100% green electricity. This means that Bullfrog Power will inject carbon-free green power onto the Alberta electricity grid to match the amount of electricity used by the events.

Down to Earth Week Events:

April 6 – Rob Abbott, author of “Conscious Endeavours: Essays on Business, Society and the Journey to Sustainability” discusses the best practices of sustainable business. noon, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 7 – Bruce Chorlton, Senior Vice President of Insulspan and Riverbend at PFB Corporation, presents the lessons learned in green manufacturing. noon, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 7 – Dr. David Korten, author of “Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth”, presents a framework for an economy designed to bring humans into balance with Earth’s biosphere, equitably share the
wealth of our common human heritage, and make democracy a living practice. 7:00 pm, University of Calgary

April 8 – Bruce Martin, General Manager of Community Natural Foods, speaks on the importance of sustainability to business strategy. noon, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 9 – Bart Robinson, Associate with The Natural Step Canada, discusses how to create a sustainability plan for your organization. noon, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 10 –Presentation of “Healthy Families, Healthy Planet” Report and panel of experts answer families’ questions about how to detoxify their homes. Information and displays showcase the best in sustainable children’s products. Noon – 3:00 pm, Calgary Public Library downtown.

April 11 – Food For Thought event with local food sampling, screening of the film “Food Fight”, live music and drinks. 6:00-9:00 pm, The Uptown Stage & Screen.

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 or contact REAP’s president and founder, Stephanie Jackman, (403) 862-2874 or

Stephanie Jackman, President
REAP Business Association
(Respect for the Earth and All People)
p. 403.862.2874
f. 403.503.1114 

"Be the change you wish to see for the world." – Mahatma Gandhi

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