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The greenest fair in North America?

Alexandra Pope, staff writer
August 30, 2011 — The Canadian National Exhibition, on now in Toronto until Sept. 5, claims to be the greenest fair in North America. The Weather Network's Lyndsay Morrison went to find out.

Solar panels are everywhere at this year's CNE
Solar panels are everywhere at this year's CNE

Last year, the CNE was certified under the Ecologo program, a widely recognized environmental standard.

Fair organizers and vendors take their responsibility to the environment very seriously, says Virginia Ludy, director of CNE operations.

“Everyone participates in our green initiatives here on the site. We're very fortunate that we're on a site like Exhibition Place where year-round, environmental initiatives are at the forefront.”

Some of the ways the CNE is striving to be the greenest fair in North America include:

  • Turning off the midway lights during the day;
  • Placing recycling bins around the grounds;
  • Supplying drinking fountains to cut down on plastic water bottle use;
  • Using only compostable food trays and utensils.

Solar panels also feature prominently around the grounds -- on the roof of the horse pavilion, on golf carts, on the Midway games and even on garbage compactors.

“They really just help ... decrease the amount of electricity we have to pull off the grid, and it's a green form of energy,” says Ludy.

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