Jun 08, 2022

Sustainability Program launches with upcoming Native Plant Giveaway

Ava SmithThe Town of Ladysmith is pleased to introduce its Sustainability Ambassador Ava Smith who will be leading community outreach initiatives over the summer.

Ava is entering her second year at the University of Victoria where she is studying Geography. She is excited about carrying forward Ladysmith’s Sustainability Program, which began in 2021 and aims to promote water conservation and waste reduction.

Ava will also be out walking and biking around town, conducting recycling audits, hosting pop-up booths and speaking with the public about all things sustainability.    

Coming up on June 22, 2022, the Town will be hosting the 2nd annual Native Plant Giveaway at the Public Works Yard from 2-6 pm, or while quantities last. There is a limit to one plant per household.

Native plants are a great way to reduce water usage because they are adapted to the local environment.  New for this year, the Town is giving away plants that are also fire resistant.

The sustainability program supports Council’s strategic goals for mitigating the impacts of climate change as we work together as stewards of our environment.

The Town’s ongoing efforts are to improve overall efficiency of curbside collection by reducing contamination from items such as plastic bags that are entering the recycling stream. Past data suggests that 9% of the recycling collected in Ladysmith is contaminated.

The summer months also mean an increased awareness regarding our water supply and the importance of responsibly managing this resource in the event of a major structure fire.

Despite a cooler start to the season, we appreciate the efforts of everyone who is following the current water restrictions.

For the latest news and updates, visit the Town’s website at www.ladysmith.ca, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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For Information:

Mike Gregory
Communications and Engagement Specialist