Support YESS at the Environment Week Edmonton Kickoff

On June 1st; Join YESS at the Environment Week Edmonton kickoff on June 1st from 9am to 2pm right outside our door at 85 Ave and 104 St! We’ll have info about what we do in the community and will be taking donations to help support our programs.

Want to donate? A cash box and YESS ambassador will be on hand to tell you more about the agency.

Help YESS continue to make a difference

Some of Youth Empowerment & Support Services most needed items include: socks, underwear and shoes. A full list of items we collect is available online at

“Youth Empowerment & Support Services is a not-for-profit organization unconditionally devoted to helping youth facing difficult realities. Our one-of-a-kind services provide support to youth who have found other doors closed to them.

Head to the SWEFM annual Garden Festival!

Looking for a great way to green your kitchen and learn how you can grow food for Edmonton’s Food bank? Take a look at the annual Garden Market Festival coming up on Wednesday May 29th at the Southwest Edmonton Farmers Market!

Garden Festival
Another market day is just around the corner and it’s a special one! It’s our Annual Garden Festival! You will find lots of fun filled, informative and delicious things to do at this week’s market. Here are the highlights:
This is our annual kick off for Plant A Row, Grow A Row, our partnership with Edmonton’s Food Bank that is designed to collect fresh fruits and veggies and deliver them to the food bank in the fall. It is our opportunity to make a difference in a really important way, contributing “real food” to the Food Bank’s storage vaults: food that is fresh, nutrient dense and ever-so-healthy! To find out more about this important initiative, read these old blog posts:
The Edmonton Food Bank and its volunteers will be onsite collecting donations of:
  • Sealed Bags of Rice
  • Empty Egg Cartons
  • Boxed, Canned & Bagged non-perishable Food Donations
  • Any used shopping bags
Help us Grow A Stack of egg cartons at the SWEFM Info Tent for Edmonton’s Food Bank… how tall can we make it??? The food bank is always in need of empty egg cartons.
Help us Fill our Wheelbarrow to overflowing with sealed bags of rice for the food bank. Rice is something simple, nourishing & easy to store that many food bank clients would love to see in their hampers regularly. A familiar staple the world over, our food bank doesn’t see enough to meet its demand. Please consider bringing a bag of rice to our Garden Festival event… after all, a grain of rice is a “seed!”
Servus Credit Union will be holding a penny drive, collecting old pennies that we can no longer use here in Canada, converting them into “real” cash and donating the proceeds to Edmonton’s Food Bank. WIN BIG! Swap your old pennies for a draw ballot: you could win market bucks to use at your next visit to the market!

Our veggie growers will have plants ready for your gardens and hanging baskets all set to beautify your front porches, balconies and backyard decks. Most importantly, there will be little vegetable plants ready to put in your gardens and patio pots for Plant A Row, Grow A Row… our partnership with Edmonton’s Food Bank.

A number of organizations will be on site to answer any questions you might have and to help you take your gardening to the next level. Sustainable Food Edmonton focuses on ways to make our local food resources support our community, lessening our dependence on food trucked and shipped in from afar. Eating local food decreases the environmental cost of our food system, and increases the nutrient density of our food… find out more by stopping at their booth.

Master Gardeners will be on site in our Community Tent… ask them any questions you have about gardening! They will have the answers! At the same time, they have a children’s craft for your kids to do to help them participate in Plant A Row, Grow A Row. Stop by and have them make a newspaper pot and plant a seed for the food bank. Then take it home, plop it directly into a pot or your garden and.. voilà!… your kids are growing a donation!Master Composter will also be at our market this year, teaching us all how to compost our kitchen and yard waste easily, efficiently and effectively. Stop by their booth to see for yourself how easy it can be to turn your garbage into valuable, nutrient-dense goodness for your garden!

Get Ready for Environment Week 2013

Environment Week EdmontonEnvironment Week is June 2 – 8, 2013

Get ready, Environment Week Edmonton 2013 is fast approaching!

We will be kicking things off with our annual festival on Saturday June first, and along with some of last year’s favourites, we’re looking forward to bringing in some exciting businesses and organizations with new activities and information to help you be the greenest Edmontonian you can be!

Be a part of Environment Week 2013

Are you part of an organization or business that should be a part of Environment Week?

Whether you want to host an event during the week and have us promote it, donate a prize for our 2013 contest, or host a green activity at the kickoff festival, we want to hear from you! Send us an email and let us know how you’d like to be part of the action!

Winners Announced!

OK, I am the first to admit I’m late getting this up. I am going with the reason that I was drawing out the suspense for everyone who entered, not that it took us about 3 and a 1/2 weeks to get all the prizes delivered and then catch up on sleep!

That being said – we had a great time delivering prizes to our winners, and we’d love for you to meet some of them. Were you a winner? Snap a picture of you & your prize and send it to us at and we’ll add it to our gallery below!

Stay tuned for a special article later this summer as we meet the winner of the solar panel home installation and learn what an installation involves!

Some of our Environment Week Edmonton winners:

Sam didn’t enter the draw, but she was more than happy to model the new rain barrel her Mom Andi won by entering the draw after hearing about it on Global News!


Sarah from Edmonton was thrilled to get her Home Saver bag after entering the draw while cruising the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability Facebook page!

Dianne heard about the draw from a co-worker and entered online, winning an Alberta History Pass for her family!

Lise entered the contest after finding it here on the Environment Week Edmonton home page while looking for events to attend, and was looking forward to using the energy-efficient night light in Emma’s room!

Bob & Janna

Bob and Janna out in Sherwood Park entered the draw while attending one of the stops on the Eco Solar Home Tour and were rewarded with a Grab bag of green goodies for their home!

What to do in Edmonton this weekend?

Come down to the Environment Week Edmonton Kickoff!

With Bubble games, a giant mural to colour, live bugs, crafts, experiments, and so much more, kids will love the Environment Week Edmonton Kick off festival!

For the adults, we’ll have the Hydrogen Fuel Cell car from the University of Alberta, Segway rides, Free bike checks, and pedal powered smoothies!

There will be activities for every age group, so come on down, hit the Strathcona Farmers’ Market, and then join us for a great day of fun!

Oh, and did we mention, you can win prizes like a $4000 Solar power home installation?

Where: McIntyre Gazebo Park, 104 street and 83 ave, next door to the Strathcona Farmers’ Market.
When: This Saturday June 2nd, from 10am – 3pm.

Be sure to check our events listings to find out what is happening across Edmonton for Environment Week 2012!

Wheel to ___ Week!

Looking for a way to make one simple change to help improve the environment in Edmonton during Environment Week?

Shape Alberta has set up Wheel to ____ Week – Can you leave the car at home for the week, or just for one day?

Step Up Alberta and Get Wheelin’! June 2nd through 9th is SHAPE’s ‘WHEEL TO ____ WEEK”, so bike, rollerblade, skateboard, scooter to school, work, the park, the store…anywhere! Just don’t forget your helmet 😉  Visit, become a member and sign up for Wheel to ____ Week 2012!!!

Bike needs a check up? Come on down to The Environment Week Edmonton Kickoff on Saturday at Dr. McIntyre Park, where the U of A Bike Check team will be on hand to help give your bike the TLC it needs to be ready for Summer!