Summer Break
Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:30 AM
It's been awhile since you may have heard from us, but after Earth Week and with the number of members on the board being so small, we decided to take a small break.  

If you have any questions, ideas or want to join our team we are here!  
What's New
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4:45 PM
Plan It Green is proud to announce our sponsorship with MYFM Strathroy-Caradoc 105.7 for our Earth Day Simply Run event.  We have also been lucky to bring back Yoga Bliss Fitness for a yoga cool down after your run.  New this year is Equilibrium Balanced Health jumping on board to offer a limited number of massages for after your run.
Thank you all for your support.

We are also proud to announce Jay & the Sour Keys!! This is a cushion concert put on with Strathroy District Arts Council  and has a local musician right from Strathroy, talk about keeping it local! Part of the proceeds will go back into Plan It Green which allows us to try to make Strathroy-Caradoc greener one step at a time.

Jay Rutherford has called Strathroy home for his entire life and has played in various bands since he was a teenager. Jay has been writing children's music for several years and is excited to share it with Strathroy families like yours! His music is fun and energetic with an early rock and roll/blues feel that's easy to sing along to and is great for the whole family. Joining Jay will be his friends and local musicians Mark Chalmers and Steve Kent.

Tickets are available for sale at the Music Spot and are $10 each, or $25 per family.

Stay tuned on our blog for more updates!
Rogers TV Plan It Green Show
Monday, January 16, 2012 11:15 AM
Watch for it!  Plan It Green will join forces with Rogers TV this spring for a series of shows based on environment and ecological topics.  Ranging from tips, to profiling a group, individual or company that evoke green practices.  If you would like to be involved in the taping of the show, please email us on how to join the board and help us with this new series.  You can also contact us if you have ideas that you would like to see on the show.  If you are a company and are interested in sponsoring a show(s) drop us a line and we can hook you up.  This is an exciting time for the group and we are looking forward to all our spring activities!
Holiday Tip #7
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 2:00 PM
RECYCLE and RE-USE all that you can, from compostable food scraps, to paper, cardboard, bottles, plastic and cans, not just this time of the year, but year round!
Tips 2 through 6
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:00 AM
2) Decorate with recycled or re-purposed items
3) Buy real trees that can be replanted in spring
4) Buy gifts with less or no packaging
5) Wrap gifts with things from your recycle box (paper, comics)
6) Wear more clothes in your home instead of turning up the heat this holiday season.
Green Christmas Countdown!
Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:15 AM
If you are wondering what you can do over the holidays to make them "greener" look no further. From December 1st to the 24th we will be posting easy tips that we can all manage. So be sure to stop by and then let us know by emailing with any ones you have implemented.

Tip #1:  If you put outdoor lights up, be sure to use LED (they use a lot less hydro and last longer) and put them on a timer so you never forget to shut them off!

Green Halloween Tip 6: Keep Halloween Clean
Monday, October 31, 2011 9:45 AM
Happy Halloween from Plan it Green!

Teach your children to keep candy wrappers in their reusable trick-or-treat bags until they return home, or to dispose of them in trash cans along their route.

Preventing candy wrappers from becoming Halloween litter on the street is the right way to treat the environment.

Take along an extra bag when you take the kids out treat-or-treating, and pick up litter along the way to help clean up the neighborhood
Green Halloween Tip 5: Make Your Halloween Party Eco-Friendly
Friday, October 28, 2011 10:00 AM
Host a Halloween party that features organic, locally grown pumpkins for carving, apples for bobbing, and other pesticide-free, locally grown foods appropriate to the holiday and the harvest season.

Once the jack-o-lanterns have been carved and the games have ended, the apples and pumpkins can be used in pies, soups, or other dishes.... You can also roast the pumpkin seeds and serve them to your guests as a special Halloween treat.

Use dishes, cutlery, napkins and tablecloths that can be washed and reused instead of disposable plastic and paper tableware.

Use recycled and recyclable materials to create your Halloween decorations. Bed sheets hung from the ceiling or tree branches make great ghosts, for example, and can be taken down, laundered, and returned to the linen closet when Halloween is over.
Green Halloween Tip 4: Walk Instead of Driving
Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:30 AM
Rather than drive to other neighborhoods to take the kids trick-or-treating, stick close to home this Halloween and walk from house to house to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution.

If you are attending a Halloween party, use public transportation or ride your bicycle.

If traveling by car is really the only way to join in Halloween fun with your family or friends, try carpooling.
Green Halloween Tip 3: Give Eco-Friendly Treats
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3:00 PM
When the neighborhood ghouls show up at your door this Halloween, give them treats that also treat the environment gently.

There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives. These organic candies can satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health, and they are produced using methods that don’t damage the environment.

Choose treats that use little or no packaging that is produced using fossil fuels and cannot be recycled. Whenever possible, buy locally produced treats from local merchants.  Buying local supports your local economy, and also reduces fuel consumption and pollution associated with transporting products.

Another option is to avoid candy altogether and to give Halloween trick-or-treaters useful treats, such as colorful pencils, small boxes of crayons, erasers in fun shapes, or other inexpensive items you can find at your local dime store or dollar store.

Green Halloween Tip 2: Make Do-It-Yourself Costumes
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 10:15 AM
Instead of buying a Halloween costume that you or your children will wear once and throw away, make your own costumes from old clothes and other items you already have around the house.

You can also get inexpensive Halloween costume materials from thrift stores or yard sales, or your children may have fun trading Halloween costumes with their friends to get something “new” and different to wear.

By designing and making your own Halloween costumes, you and your children can masquerade as anything you can imagine. When my children were growing up, one dressed up as a garbage can one Halloween. Another dressed herself in a collection of her older sister’s clothes and put ribbons in her hair, creating a costume that happily evoked her imagination even though it was unrecognizable to anyone else.

After Halloween, you can either wash and store your homemade costumes for use in subsequent years, trade with friends, or donate the clothing from which they were made to day care centers, homeless shelters, or charitable organizations.

Green Halloween Tip 1: Trick or Treat with Reusable Bags
Monday, October 24, 2011 10:30 AM
When the little ghosts and goblins in your family go trick-or-treating this Halloween, make sure they carry reusable bags or containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used.

Cloth or canvas shopping bags, or even pillowcases, make terrific eco-friendly alternatives to paper or plastic bags, or to the molded plastic jack-o-lanterns so many kids use to collect candy at Halloween.

Reusable bags are not only better for the environment at Halloween, they’re also better for kids. Paper and plastic bags can tear easily, spilling Halloween treats and disappointing children. Reusable bags are much more durable.

Models Needed
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:45 PM
We are busy organizing a fashion show for the Live It Up! Health and Eco Expo for November 1st and could use your help!  We need models from age 5 and up! Let us know if you are interested by dropping us an email.  This is a fun evening and all proceeds go to Plan It Green and Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation!

Friday, September 30, 2011 8:45 AM
Plan It Green would like to congratulate fellow board member, Katie Rutherford and Fresh Clothing for receiving the TD Friends of the Environment Award last night at the Chamber of Commerce Gala!

Katie has been with Plan It Green since it's inception and has been instrumental in our growth and commitment to the community and our environment.  Fresh Clothing has also supported the group by donating door prizes for our events.

Congratulations Fresh Clothing!!!
Plan It Green Geocaching is coming this Sunday!
Friday, September 16, 2011 8:45 AM
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Join Plan It Green as we introduce our official Green Caches. Put together a team of adults & children (no more then 2 adults per team) for a cost of only $10 you can be the first to explore our geocaches. With... a race against time, you must use your navigational and quick thinking skills to be proclaimed the winner!!! $50 Sleger's Certificate for 1st place and $20 Coffee Cultures for 2nd Prize.

Each team should ideally have a GPS device or smartphone with GPS capability (make sure to check your data plan before you come out) but if you do not, we will have back-up options for you.

----We will be giving everyone 5-6 Geocaches to find and different levels of clues to get to the GeoCaches. Team back with the best times and points will be winner---Specific rules to come on Game day!

----Please meet us in the Conservation Parking Lot at 12:30 to register and get the rules of the game!


Amazing Geocaching Race doesn't just happen once, it can easily happen on every geocache adventure. Bring a trash bag along with you on your walks in the woods and pick up the occasional piece of trash you see on the trail. Even this small act can make a huge difference.
Turkeyfest is going GREEN!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:30 AM
If you live near Strathroy, you know that the Strathroy Hometown Turkeyfest is a weekend that many people look forward to.  There are many events going on that weekend, check out for full information.  Fresh Clothing, a past Plan It Green sponsor, is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and some of the proceeds from this event is going to Plan It Green.  We will be supplying cold water in front of Fresh Clothing on Friday night for the car show for those who bring their own waterbottles or we will have some biodigradeable cups on hand.  We will be doing the same for the basketball tournament on Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and say hi to us and learn about our upcoming events.

Also, for the first year, with the help of the BRA, we will be bringing recycling to the fest.  Please be sure to use these if you have recycled items.

Turkeyfest is going GREEN, do your part! Don't forget to wear sunscreen and have fun. Gobble Gobble.
Getting ready for summer, Plan It Green Style
Friday, May 13, 2011 4:30 PM

Summer tends to be the time of year where we hold many of Eco-kids Events.  This summer will be no different. We have many things planned with a few more surprises up our sleeves. I can’t wait to get out and teach kids to love their environment. Our events are always fun with a slant on how this helps the environment.  Be sure to check back at our website often for new ideas and plans. If you have any suggestions for kids/adults or family events, please contact us.  We are always looking for ways to grow within our community.

Earth Month comes to an end...
Saturday, April 30, 2011 8:30 PM
We had a very busy and successful April! Thank you to everyone who made it to a event or many events; we could not grow and bring awareness to the community without your support. 
Here is a quick list of the events and stories over the last month. 

  • A small group of us went to the Toronto Green Show and what we learned is that no matter how big or how small of a community, we as Strathroy-Caradoc can adopt many of the bigger cities green thinking initiatives; remembering that every small thing helps.  We also saw here many ideas for the next Live It Up Health and Eco Expo, it was a fantastick show. 
  • Our Clean It Up Street clean up saw us pick up about 20 bags of garbage from the streets of Strathroy in a two hour stretch.  Just imagine what we could do if this event just gets bigger and bigger.. Our town streets would sparkle!  Watch for a potentional joining of forces next year with Bethel Baptist church as they do a fantastic street clean up as well.
  • Our annual library event for the Eco-kids on Tuesday was a huge success with about 23 children coming out to have some fun and learn at the same time.
  • On Wednesday of Earth Week we had a representative from the Blue Water Recycling out to do a  seminar and although the tournout was not as we hoped it was a very informative evening and we learned many things that we can pass on.
  • Friday was Earth Day and we had our very first 5km Earth Run/Walk and had about 30 people in the run and about 15 more volunteers.  This was a great success for our first year and we hope to have it grow even bigger next year and the years to come. A special thanks to all of our sponsors, we could not have done it without you!
  • We ended Earth Week with a Yard Sale which raised over $350 for us.

We, as a group, are very happy with the Earth Week events and successes, and know that we can only go up from here!  We ended that last day of the month helping at the Day for the Arts/Home & Leisure show; making sure that there were extra recycling containers out on the floors. We also had a booth that gave us more exposure to the community.

Our community rocks and we thank you for sharing your enthusiasm for your Planet!!!
April is Earth Month
Friday, April 01, 2011 4:45 PM

April showers are bringing us Earth Month.  While spring is a time for flowers to get ready for bloom and warmer temperatures, it’s obvious that the Earth is also renewing itself. So why not reflect on our own renewal and commitment to our Planet?  We, at Plan It Green, care about the Earth, and you should too. Go Green during the month of April! We will be using Twitter and Facebook to give you 30 simple things you can do to show your love for the Earth.  Also you can share any stories of the things you are doing to show your love for the Earth.   There are many events happening worldwide that bring attention to the Earth. Celebrate World Heritage Day on April 18th, join in an event in your hometown on Earth Day, April 22nd, and plant a tree in your backyard on Abour Day, April 29th.  Plan It Green is very excited for Earth Month and our own activities planned during the month of April. Please join in our excitement and show your love for our Earth.

Are you participating in Earth Hour?
Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:00 AM
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and 2.2 million people took this stand against climate control. Since then, over 50 million people participate in this event and the numbers keep growing!  People from around the world come together for this 1 hr 8:30-9:30 Eastern Standard time shut off their lights together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we have in common - our Planet.

This Earth Hour go, behond the hour and think of other things you can do to make a difference. One by one our actions WILL add up!

World Water Day 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:45 AM
Today is World Water Day, take a moment and check out this video and think! Think about what you can do to conserve more everyday.

Water tip:  If you aren’t sure if your showerhead needs an upgrade, try this: Turn on your shower and put a one-gallon bucket below. If it fills in one minute or less, it’s time for a more water-efficient model.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day - Do something "Green" today!
Thursday, March 17, 2011 11:00 AM
With St. Patrick's Day being a day of "green", we can use this day to do something great for the environment. Every St. Patrick's Day make a pact and Go GREEN! Make this day not only about celebrating the Irish but about celebrating our wonderful planet.  Go Green on St. Patrick's Day and you can help make a Global impact!!!
Thursday, March 03, 2011 6:30 PM
It was a year ago today, when a group of nine individuals meeting at the Strathroy Legion interested in starting a new environmental group for Strathroy. Our official launch was Earth Day,  but this meeting starting many ideas. Things that Plan It Green has done in 2010:
        - Our official launch party (donating a tree to the town) April 22, 2010
        - Pledge It Green - (ride, walk or carpool) April 23, 2010
        - Eco-Kids Celebration @ library April 24, 2010
        - Clean It Green (garbage pickup) April 25, 2010
        - Eco-Kids Scavenger Hunt June 27, 2010
        - Eco-Kids Play Day July 25, 2010
        - Live it Up Health and Eco Expo October 16, 2010.

We have a lot of events coming up within the next month, be sure to stay tuned!
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 4:30 PM
Hello, and welcome to the new Plan It Green website!  We've got a lot of great things happening with Plan It Green Strathroy-Caradoc in the coming months..  Please check back often!
Upcoming Events
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Eco-Kids Club
Hey Kids!
Why not learn more about our planet and have fun at the same time?
Eco Kids Club is for children ages 4 and up.
Click here for more information!