The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is encouraging residents, businesses and organizations to participate in this week’s nation-wide environmental events for a multitude of reasons including health benefits, sustainable lifestyle choices or just friendly competition.

Canadian Environment Week 2010
This year’s theme for Canadian Environment Week: is Embracing Life on Earth. Environment Week (May 30 – June 5) encourages and celebrates grassroots action to make our environment cleaner and healthier. It is the perfect time to celebrate our achievements and initiatives in tackling climate change and reducing our impact on the environment. Visit Environment Canada’s website www.ec.gc.ca to learn more.

Comox Valley Bike to Work Week 2010
This is a valley-wide initiative. Teams and individuals can register online at www.biketowork.ca/comox_valley. From May 31 – June 6 celebration stations will be set up and bikers can stop by for a snack and drink and have their tires checked by a local bike mechanic.

Commuter Challenge
2010 National Commuter Challenge Event takes place from May 30 to June 5 during Canadian Environment Week and Clean Air Day (June 2, 2010). Commuter Challenge is a national program that encourages Canadians to walk, cycle, ride-share/carpool, tele-work or take transit instead of driving alone to work. Individual Canadians or workplaces can participate.

The program is based on a friendly competition between workplaces and communities across Canada to see which has the highest percentage participation rates during the week. By recording participation online, Canadians are able to see how their healthier commutes affect greenhouse gas reductions by tracking kilometres traveled. To register visit www.commuterchallenge.ca

“People can celebrate Canadian Environment Week by encouraging family and friends to make eco-friendly choices,” said Geoff Garbutt, CVRD manager of strategic and long range planning. “We hope residents consider the options there are to contribute to greener and healthier Comox Valley.”