More than 100 Mayors, representatives, educators and organizations attended the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Conference hosted by Thunder Bay this week. Discussion focused on the impacts of extreme weather and contaminants such as plastic micro beads and shipping spills and identifying climate change adaptation strategies.
The TBay Council of Canadians Chapter actively participated in the planning of the conference, which was organized as a Litter Free Green Event to reduce its environmental footprint. The City’s Clean, Green and Beautiful Initiative provided funding for a refillable water bottle station unveiled as a conference legacy project on June 18th at 1pm at the Water Garden Pavilion at Prince Arthurs Landing.
The event included the launch of EcoSuperior’s exciting new Quench Program. Quench is a free mobile app that instantly connects users to the nearest water bottle refill location or public water fountain. Sponsored by the the TBay Council of Canadians Blue Planet Committee and the EarthCare Water Working Group, the program is designed to promote municipal tap water and discourage the wasteful consumption of single-use plastic water bottles.
Businesses and organizations are being invited to support this program by providing free tap water for refillable water bottles. Look for Official Quench Refill Station stickers at participants like EcoSuperior; CyclePath and Petrie’s; Beau Daddy’s, Blue Door and Made Fresh Restaurants; the Bean Fiend and Sweet Escapes; the True North Co op, Bay Credit Union and Half-Way Motors Nissan.
Drinking fountains are also available in public buildings such as City Hall, the Terry Fox Monument, the Volunteer, Widnall and Churchill Pools, the Canada Games Complex, City Arenas, the Mary JL Black Library, the Current River Community Centre and the 55+ Seniors Centre.
If your business or organization or one that you know, would like to help us celebrate Superior tap water by participating in Quench, please contact Jennifer (EcoSuperior) Gail (EarthCare Water Working Group) or Janice. (TBay Coc Blue Planet Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Here’s a link to the QUENCH program Quench | The Water Brothers