Local Businesses and Downtown Community Members Come Together for 11th Annual Earth Day Clean-Up


April 22, 2016


Downtown Winnipeg – On Friday, April 22 local businesses and downtown community members came together for the 11th straight year to clean up our downtown streets. The 2016 Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Earth Day Clean-up, in honour of National Earth Day, marks new milestones and celebrates over 3,450 volunteers collecting over 18,000 lbs. in the past ten years.

Downtown business workers, residents, school groups and local celebrities all joined the BIZ’s Metro Enviro-Team and staff at Thunderbird House and Millennium Library Park for the Clean-up. Participants picked up litter and helped make our downtown streets clean and vibrant from Higgins and Main Street all the way south to Donald Street. Volunteers picked up approximately 3,250 lbs. of litter and garbage.

Prizes were given out to corporate teams who took their participation to another level:

  • Best Team Outfit: Sparrow Hotels
  • Most Members in a Team: Heartland International English School (+35 members)
  • Most Enthusiastic Team: Delta Winnipeg
  • Most Lbs. of Litter Collected (individual): 27lbs. from Telpay’s team
  • Most Lbs. of Litter Collected (team): from Credit Union Central of Manitoba
  • Best Team Name: Environators (Manitoba Environment Officer Association and Water Stewardship)

“Earth Day may just be one day in the calendar, but it’s a 365-day commitment for our Metro Enviro-Team to keep our downtown clean,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Over the past ten years, we’ve seen how powerful this event is for connecting business people with our Metro Enviro-Team so they can see firsthand the important work they do. It’s a great experience seeing the community come together and work towards our shared goals: a clean and inviting downtown neighbourhood.”

This year over 20 businesses and community groups participated in the Earth Day Clean-up:

  • 2017 Canada Summer Games
  • Beacon Hill Lodge
  • Colliers Project Leaders
  • Common Sense Storehouse
  • Credit Union Central of Manitoba
  • Delta Winnipeg Hotel
  • Fairmont Winnipeg
  • Heartland International English School
  • Investors Group
  • iQmetrix
  • Johnston Group Inc.
  • Landmark Cinemas 8 Towne
  • Manitoba Environment Officer Association and Water Stewardship
  • Mycos Corporation Canada
  • Neptune Properties
  • Ricoh Canada
  • Sparrow Hotels
  • Telpay
  • Tourism Winnipeg
  • Turning Leaf Services
  • WASO
  • Western Financial Group
  • The Winnipeg Foundation
  • Youth for Christ

Local celebrities Daria Zmiyiwsky of Winnipeg Sun, Mike Koncan of Global Winnipeg, Mark Neufeld and Erica Natividad of Wheeler in the Morning, Frankie Hollywood and Jenna Khan of Energy 106, Goldette of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Louis the Lion of Take Pride Winnipeg! and Buzz and Boomer of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers joined in the day’s clean-up. School groups from Aboriginal Community Campus, Elmwood High School, Wellington School, and H.C. Avery Middle School will be participating in the Clean-up programs throughout the spring.

Sustainability groups Green Action Centre, HTFC Planning & Design, and Take Pride Winnipeg! were also on-site at the Earth Day Clean-up educating participants about sustainable initiatives for our downtown.

We would like to say a huge thank you everyone and every group that came out today to celebrate Earth Day and help make our downtown clean and vibrant for the spring season!

About the Downtown BIZ Metro Enviro-Team

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Metro Enviro-Team helps keep the downtown clean and looking great. Sixteen year-round staff and seven additional seasonal members pick up litter, water flowers, remove graffiti, remove posters, and clean downtown’s sidewalks every day. Starting at 6:30 in the morning, sidewalk machines sweep and wash downtown, and in the winter two snow ploughs clear major sidewalks of ice and light snow. The Metro Enviro-Team also picks up more than 5,000 bags of litter every year!

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For more information, contact:
Emily Ormonde, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
(204) 958-4626; emily@downtownwinnipegbiz.com