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Earth Week 2017

Hi UHN, lots happening for our supersized Earth Week 2017 (it’s 2 weeks, not that we advocate supersizing 😉 ! We have 2 great talks, a “Stop, Drop n Swap“, and our infamous traveling lobby booth. Pick your favorite in the Light Switch Plate Design Contest, play the Recycling Rescue Game and more. (yes, prizes!). NEW! Crafty green cleaning with Wellness: DIY Stain Stick & Lavender Sachet.


And here’s our poster  just for the Talks…


  • Stop, Drop & Swap

    NEW!!! Our friends at Wellness, in partnership with Let’s Craft It! are crafting some green cleaning!

    DIY Stain Stick & Lavender Sachet
    Thursday, April 27, 12:00-1:00pm
    TGH Oasis Wellness Centre (1NU168)
    $20 (to cover all materials)
    Proceeds go to the Early Cancer Detection Program at Princess Margaret


Light Switch Plate Contest: redesign the “Turn Off” messaging for light switch plates and computers. We will have the design finalists at the lobby booths for you to vote on!

Recycling Rescue Game: See Radiation Therapy Green Team: using tongs and a blue bin, staff can test their green (and blue bin) savvy to sort and rescue recyclables.

Veng and Nathaniel showcase the Recycling Rescue Tools, while sporting their snazzy green team vests


  • Light Switch Plate Contest: redesign the “Turn Off” messaging for light switch plates and computers. We are out of the old stickers and need new ones.



Earth Weeks Past


Movie Screening! The Clean Bin Project – Apr 29, 2016

  • For staff at UHN and Mt Sinai, and anyone else – join us!



What we’re doing at each site’s sequential lobby booth:

  • Green Mythbusting Booth with new questions
  • Recycling Sorting Game: win by figuring out your bins!
  • Landfill Mountain: Ever wonder how long trash stays trash?
  • Prizes: Yes! look down!
  • Trees = theme for this global Earth Day … plant a tree if you can.
Earth Week Prizes! Visit the lobby booths for a chance to win LED lights, wind-up radio/flashlight, canvas bag, stainless steel bottles and other litterless lunchables


Earth-Friendly Organizing Strategies -Apr 18

  • Mount Sinai Event and UHNers also welcome
  • Laurene Livesey Park, CPO-CD®
  • April 18 noon-1, Mount Sinai 600 University Avenue, 14th Floor Classroom


10th Annual Green Living Show – April 15-17!

You can get in free (save $15/ticket) by doing just 1 of these things:

  • Bring in e-Waste for recycling
  • For all WWF CN Tower climbers
  • Show your GO Transit ticket valid for the day of admission, or a PRESTO card
  • Flash your Live Green Members Card at the door

There’s also a Cap n Trade event on Friday April 15, 9am-noon

WWF’s CN Tower Climb for Nature – Apr 16 & Apr 17

conquer all 1,776 steps of Toronto’s most famous landmark while making meaningful conservation possible for nature and wildlife.

  • Apr 16 – Public and Youth challenge
  • Apr 17 – Team challenge

The Evergreen Brickworks: All the time 

Stop, Drop & Shop April 17, 2016 | 10:00am–5:00pm

Environmental movies and lectures at The Toronto Public Library:


More here: Library Green events


Hey Green Team … thanks for comping to the planning meeting on Apr 4!



What’s happening this year? We asked the UHN Green Team what they wanted to do. Many felt that there’s way too much misinformation out there, so this year’s Earth Week focus is GREEN-MYTH-BUSTING!

Look for the GREEN-MYTH-BUSTING booth coming to a hospital lobby near you. Here’s the schedule:

Toronto Rehab Institute-University Centre Lobby Mon Apr 20, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – Atrium Lobby Tues Apr 21, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Toronto General Hospital – Munk Lobby near Starbucks Wed Apr 22, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Toronto Western Hospital -Lobby near Shoppers Drug Mart Thur Apr 23, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Toronto Rehab Institute-Bickle Centre Lobby Fri Apr 24, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Toronto Rehab Institute-Lyndhurst Centre Lobby Mon Apr 27, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Play to Win these eco-friendly prizes. LED lights, litterless lunchables and stylin' reusable bags
Play to Win these eco-friendly prizes. LED lights, litterless lunchables and stylin’ reusable bags
TRI-UC-Prakruthi Kunsang Cynthia
TRI-UC Earth Week 2015
PMH Earth Week 2015
TGH Earthweek 2015
TGH Earthweek 2015
TWH celebrates Earthweek
TWH Earthweek 2015


EarthDay2014StoryEarth Day around the world (fittingly) is celebrated on April 22 since 1990. More than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people in over 170 countries for events that tackle local and global environmental issues. That’s a pretty serious honour that we hope has some staying power year-round. Since UHN is so big, we’ve stretched it out for a whole week this year.

Earth Week 2014- Photobooth

What’s Happening?

A Roving Photobooth with Green Action Bubbles! Coming to a lobby booth near you (see schedule for your site)

What’s that? You can visit our lunchtime lobby booths and pose for a picture in front of our earth week backdrop that says “I Green UHN by…” and you hold a speech bubble with the green action of your choice, like “recycling” or “turning off lights” or your very own message. By stretching to a week instead of a day, 1 booth serves all sites instead of making 6 booths – excellent waste reduction in action :). Look for your picture here and on the UHN Facebook page!


  • Toronto General Hospital, Munk Lobby: Tuesday April 22, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Atrium Lobby: Wednesday April 23 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Toronto Rehab-University Centre, University Lobby: Thursday April 24, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Toronto Western Hospital Lobby near Shopper’s: Friday April 25, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Toronto Rehab – Bickle Centre Lobby: Monday April 28, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Toronto Rehab-Lyndhurst Centre Lobby: Tuesday, Apr 29, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

HiRes-speechbubble recycling


Meanwhile, check out these pics from Earth day 2013

TRI-University Centre with Prakruthi and me
TRI-University Centre with Prakruthi and me
Toronto General Recycles!
Toronto General Recycles!
Justin does it all at TRI Bickle Centre
Justin spreads the word at TRI Bickle Centre
Toronto General Green Team
Princess Margaret Green Team

TWH Sarah Duff Canning &Carol MacDonald Earth Day booth 2013

See Earth Day Canada for even more ideas