Celebrating the 40th Birthday of Earth Day

April 30, 2010, 3:07 PM EST

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Earth Week is continuing to grow at the Windsor Assembly plant, says CAW Local 444 Joint Workplace Environment Representative Richard St. Denis.

Earth Week activities kicked off for Windsor, Ontario activists with Phase Three of a community tree planting program. With this event a total of 157 trees have been planted by volunteers around the Windsor van assembly facility.

The group's long-term goal is to plant trees in all the green space around the plant. The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) made arrangements to deliver the native trees and volunteers handled the planting. Several high school students earned volunteer hours for helping out and neighbors also contributed their efforts.

During Earth Week, the Joint Workplace Environment Committee (JWEC) set up educational displays at 12 different locations around the facility to reach as many of the 4,600 members who work on three shifts as possible, said St. Denis. The JWEC also arranged a raffle with 62 prizes, donated from different sources such as Local 444, Local 195 and the Windsor Assembly Plant.

To celebrate the 40th birthday of Earth Day, a donated birthday cake was served to plant workers. The cake was served on paper plates made from recycled material and the forks were made from recycled plastic, with a hollow handle that uses 50 per cent less material than traditional forks.

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