BY ANDREW SMITH
NORTH PERTH – With another North Perth Green Day in the books, organizers are pleased that the message of environmental responsibility is getting out to the community.
Steve Meulensteen of Meulensteen Tire said the event on Aug. 15 was another success, handing out 300 packs of energy efficient light bulbs to residents and businesses as offices and homes across the municipality went dark to conserve energy. Meulensteen said he received encouraging comments from people coming in to pick up their light bulbs and on the website.
“Mostly the comments were how happy and proud they were that we ran an event like this,” he said. “They’re very happy we took the initiative to do something like this for North Perth.”
It’s comments like that, Meulensteen said, that make the annual event worth organizing.
“That’s why we do it, to change people’s attitude toward environmental responsibility,” Meulensteen said.
This year’s Green Day was assisted by staff from the Stratford and Perth Community Foundation canvassing businesses in downtown Listowel, handing out free light bulbs and asking them to dim their lights. Heidi Spannbauer said the response from businesses was really positive.
“I think what we’re excited about is that it’s still a new initiative, so I think as each year interest and awareness is made, I can see this being a really powerful initiative,” she said.
Spannbauer added that roughly half of the businesses they approached were already aware of Green Day, which to her indicated the popularity was growing.
“I think it’s just about getting the word out next year and I think both Dave and Steve do a great job,” she said. “I think it’s just creating tradition and it takes a few years.”
Meulensteen said the participation from businesses is encouraging, and the positive feedback helps keep the event growing.
“It takes a lot of work and planning to run this event, and if we weren’t getting the positive feedback or results from residents and businesses, it would be hard to keep doing this,” he said. “But the fact that everyone is aware of this and taking part, makes us want to keep doing it year after year.”
Meulensteen thanked the support of Green Day from Bridgestone Tire, Ideal Supply and Trillium Insurance.