Eco-responsible Contest

Contest: Adopt 3 New Eco-responsible Habits This Summer!

Concerned about major environmental issues, the Town of Rosemère wishes to initiate a wave of positive changes among its residents in order to counteract the climate change that we will all be facing.

In order to promote the implementation of our strategic vision "Rosemère, a proud, green and prosperous town", a contest has been set up to encourage you to adopt 3 new eco-responsible lifestyle habits to the best of your ability, such as reducing food waste, opting for walking or biking instead of driving, or simply buying second-hand clothing.

We hope to see many Rosemerites of all ages enter the contest!


"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Van Gogh


The Challenge

Maintain 3 new responsible habits for 21 consecutive days.


Examples of environmentally responsible choices or habits to adopt.

IN THE KITCHEN

  • Buy products in bulk (food, household or bathroom products).
  • Compost at home or start composting.
  • Reduce food waste.
  • Cook with fresh local foods rather than buying prepared meals.
  • Eat fish in an environmentally-responsible way.
  • Reduce meat consumption.
  • Opt for "ugly" vegetables at the grocery store.
  • Incorporate vegetarian recipes into your menus.
  • Dare to drink organic and local wines.


OUTDOORS

  • Garden with the children.
  • Water the garden with rainwater.
  • Plant native plants in your garden beds.
  • Plant flowers for pollinators.
  • Plant trees (at home or with an organization).
  • Reduce the frequency of lawn mowing.
  • Grasscycle.
  • Opt for electric outdoor maintenance equipment.
  • Share tools with neighbours rather than buying new ones.
  • Build an insect hotel or a birdhouse.
  • Volunteer for an environmental non-profit organization (ex.: La fiducie de conservation de Lanaudière, Eco-Nature, etc.).


REDUCE and RE-USE

  • Cut down on using your car by taking the bike to the library or walking to the grocery store.
  • Refuse flyers.
  • Refuse disposable utensils or other single-use products.
  • Buy second-hand clothing or equipment.
  • Rent clothes for special occasions.
  • Repair an appliance or piece of furniture instead of buying a new one.
  • Learn to make your own soap bars or household products.
  • Recycle everyday items into DIY activities with your children.
  • Donate or sell your toys instead of throwing them away.
  • Avoid using disposable diapers.
  • Install a bidet in your bathroom.


ENERGY

  • Hang your laundry instead of using the dryer.
  • Cut down on screen time.
  • Reduce air conditioner use.
  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, body or hair or washing dishes.
  • Take note of the time spent in the shower in order to be faster and more efficient the next times.
  • Re-use water from cooking vegetables and grains for the garden, plants, cooking or beauty products (rice water).
  • Put a glass bottle or a brick in the toilet to reduce its volume.
  • When you go out of the house, turn off all appliances on standby.
  • Don't leave devices charging for long hours.
  • Take advantage of turning on the oven to cook several dishes at once.
  • Use low-energy light bulbs (low impact but impact nonetheless).
  • Turn off unnecessary lights at home.
  • Turn off your computer at the end of the day (at home and at work).
  • Set your air conditioners a few degrees warmer when you are away.
  • Adopt eco-responsible car driving.


OTHER HABITS

  • Choose festivals and events that are environmentally responsible.
  • Opt for gift wrapping made of fabric, newspaper, paper bags, etc.
  • Make ethical gifts.
  • Discover organic cosmetics.


How to participate?

1. Register, by August 9, 2021, by sending an email to: CCE@ville.rosemere.qc.ca. The email must indicate:

  • Email Object: Eco-responsible Contest
  • First and last name of the participant*
  • Age of the participant
  • Correspondence email address
  • Civic address
  • The three habits the participant plans to adopt during the summer.
* If you are doing the same challenges as a family, one registration per family is required. If each family member is doing different challenges, please register each family member.


2. Before September 1, send a new email to the following address CCE@ville.rosemere.qc.ca. The email must include:

  • Email Object: Eco-responsible Contest
  • First and last name of the participant
  • Age of the participant
  • Correspondence email address
  • Civic address
  • A short report of the experience (maximum one page): Express the difficulties you experienced or the pleasure you had in completing this challenge, whether you plan to maintain these good habits, whether you inspired those around you, feedback you had, etc.
  • One to three photos showing the completion of the challenge.
  • Participants may or may not be in the photos, your choice.

* At the end of the contest, the contest entrants' texts and photos will be published on this page and will remain there for one year as well as possibly on the Town of Rosemère's various communication platforms.


Winning prizes

A random drawing will take place, in Facebook live, on Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Prizes to be won (one choice among the following):

Adults and teens, age 13 and over:

  • One (1) Annual SÉPAQ pass
  • $100 gift card redeemable at a store of your choice in Rosemère

Children, age 12 and under:

  • Subscription to Les Débrouillards magazine (or equivalent)
  • The book: La consommation dont vous êtes le z'héros
  • Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) at the Zoo Ecomuseum








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