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Being "green" means being in the know about what new technologies are out there when it comes to greening any aspect of your life. Especially your home life. More and more of "green" tech  is being taught in schools, but hands on is sometimes the best way to learn, for all of us.

Learning outside as you walk a trail so you can see the nature the green technologies are preserving is an amazing experience.

Today, June 15, the Power Trip Trail, a 1.6 km trail that houses Canada’s largest educational showcase of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies is getting a make-over, thanks to the generous support of HSBC Bank Canada who have invested $100,000 to help support educational programming and interactive equipment upgrades including new solar-powered bicycle generators.

The trail is located at The Kortright Conservation Area, where up to 100,000 school children from Ontario visit each year.

“With the growing concern over climate change, we’ve seen an increase in the number of visitors to the Power Trip Trail wanting to learn more about green technologies,” said David Love, Executive Director, The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto. “We needed to make the trail self-guided and more interactive to help people understand the potential of solar and wind energy. Through the generous donation from HSBC Bank Canada we will be able to continue to inspire the 100,000 school children and adults who annually visit the Power Trip Trail.”

The funding supports the education programming at the Power Trip Trail and upgrades to the hands-on activities along the Trail to help visitors see how much work the sun and wind can do.   New interactive displays include two bicycle powered generators that produce electricity and powers a deep well water pump. The display shows how much work the solar panels do in providing electricity to the pump. The enhancements will provide visitors with a comprehensive educational experience, turning the current Trail from a walk and talk activity to an interactive experience for all ages for both guided and self-guided tours.

“Society is dependent on the state of the environment; if we degrade it we damage our future prospects so we focus a large part of our community investment on environmental initiatives”, said Gary Wilson, Chief Credit Officer, HSBC Bank Canada.  “We are particularly pleased to support this educational initiative, giving people in the Greater Toronto Area an opportunity for hands on experience with alternative energy sources.”

Luckily some of our editors live near the trail, we can't wait to visit!