Earth Day in Toronto

Do you have plans for Monday, April 22nd? Why, you ask? Because it’s Earth Day 2013 and we have some suggestions to help you make an environmental impact.  Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t mean that you need to take drastic measures; instead you can do your part by making the choice to shop and eat local.  Best of all, the impact is two-fold as you’ll also be supporting the local economy. Greenrock Property Management has you covered for Earth Day recipes and events around Toronto and nearby the Village Green Apartment community.

 

Earth Day Snacks

 

In honour of Earth Day, why not prepare a plant-based meal including hearty veggies such as beets and kale, which are currently in season and make for an awesome main course. Remember to pick Ontario-grown options and look for the Ontario Foodland sticker.

 

o   Roasted Beet, Spinach & Apple Salad
o   Ontario Garden Salad
o   Foodland Ontario 2013 Recipe Calendar

 

Keeping in line with leafy greens and root veggies, why not ditch meat all together for the day? Make the choice to go vegetarian on Earth day or consume less meat in your meals. If you’d like to include meat in your Earth Day meal, ask about where and how your meat was raised.

 

Other Earth Day snack and meal options include an Ontario Cheese Plate with fresh bread. Compliment this with an Ontario wine; look for vintages from Peele Island and Niagara-on-the-lake. This spring, the LCBO is even featuring a number of Eco-Friendly Ontario wines to choose from. Ask an associate at the nearby Maple Leaf Gardens LCBO for more information.  While you’re there, get some pints from local Toronto breweries or visit a brewpub in person, we’ve even prepared a Microbrewery Guide for your reference.

 

Dining out on Earth Day

 

An awesome option for local dining is Fabarnak restaurant, located in the Village at the 519 Community Centre (519 Church Street). Its menu offerings feature a minimum of 60 per cent locally sourced ingredients from local farms and producers. Now that it’s spring, the percent of local food used will grow even higher. It’s a five-minute walk from Village Green.

 

2013 Earth Day Celebrations

 

Get prepped for the Hot Docs festival and attend an Earth Day Screening at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. There will be a special screening of A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet on Monday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. This doc explores the fifty-year history of the modern environmental movement and focuses on the activism of everyday people working to save their homes, their livelihood and more.  The film is wonderfully narrated by Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd and Robert Redford.

 

For more info visit: bloorcinema.com
Cost: Ranges from $10-$19 (Special prices for members and students)

 

More Online Resources for Earth Day:
www.foodland.gov.on.ca
www.earthday.ca
2013 Earth Day Celebrations in Toronto
12 locavore restaurants in Toronto

 

How will you choose to recognize Earth Day in Toronto?  We look forward to hearing from you with suggestions on green tips, recipes and events. For information on Greenrock’s Village Green apartment community in downtown Toronto, or any of our buildings throughout the city, please contact our team. Happy Earth Day 2013!