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Climate Change Action of the Month – Yes We Cannon

Each month, the Hamilton Climate Change Map picks one action to be the Action of the Month. This month they are highlighting the local, grassroots group, Yes We Cannon.

In Hamilton, Yes We Cannon has been engaging and empowering the community over a common goal – improving cyclist and pedestrian safety in the lower city by creating a bi-directional bike lane on Cannon Street. Yes We Cannon is a citizen’s group focused on creating a safe transportation route for cyclists along Cannon Street in Hamilton, Ontario. Officially launched in May 2013, Yes We Cannon and has been a great success. More than 2,300 residents signed a Yes We Cannon petition calling for segregated, bidirectional bike lanes on the fast-moving, four-lane artery and on September 5th, city councilors approved a pilot project which would place bike lanes on Cannon Street between Sherman Avenue and Bay Street. Grassroots efforts were the main push behind the pilot project creating the longest stretch of protected two-way bike lanes in the City and providing a safe cycling route from east to west across the lower city.

Biking on Cannon St.

Biking on Cannon St.

The Yes We Cannon campaign only launched in May of 2013 but gained widespread support throughout the City of Hamilton through various outreach and engagement initiatives, including riding with students on Bike to Work Day in May and a Bike Parade in June, which resulted in the motion to create the bike lane.

The Yes We Cannon campaign has been a great success and over the past month members took time to celebrate all of their hard work and, of course, separated bike lanes on Cannon! This great success for active transportation in the City of Hamilton was paired with others including support for a bike share system as well as a Pedestrian Mobility Plan.

For more information about Yes We Cannon, please visit their website or Facebook Page.

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October is Climate Change Action Month!

Hamilton’s 5th Annual Climate Change Action Month is here October 1-31, 2013. There will be lots going on this month to get involved with and to highlight the activities in the community that are addressing climate change. We hope you can get involved!

How can you get involved in Climate Change Action Month?

Take the Challenge

Take Green Venture’s Community Carbon Challenge from September 30th to October 11th for your chance to win a $200 gift card to Mountain Equipment Coop and other great prizes. The Community Carbon Challenge is a fun and interactive way to explore ways you can reduce your carbon footprint over the span of two weeks. For the next two weeks they’ll challenge you with different ways you can live more sustainably in everyday life and reduce your carbon emissions. You can explore different ways to reduce your carbon footprint (and save some cash) during the challenge and even after. For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.climatechangehamilton.ca/community-carbon-challenge.

To participate in the Community Carbon Challenge, you just have to follow these 3 easy steps:

1. Register for the Community Carbon Challenge here

2. Follow Green Venture on Facebook or Twitter (@Green_Venture) for daily challenges from Monday, September 30th to Friday, October 11th. No challenges will be posted over the weekend but that doesn’t mean it’s time for you to quit, it’s time for you to get creative! Additional points will be given to any participant who submits an action that reduces their carbon emissions over the weekend (October 5th and October 6th).

3. Take a picture of you completing the challenges each day and send it to us on Facebook or Twitter

It’s that easy! You can keep sending us pictures of completed challenges until October 18th. Green Venture will announce the 3 winners on Facebook and Twitter, and contact winners by Friday, October 18th.

Tell Us about What Action You’re Taking

Are you already taking action on climate change at home? At work? At school?

Take a picture of it and help us put it on the Hamilton Climate Change Map to show and share what you and others are doing in Hamilton. This map will be used in the Annual Climate Change Report on the progress of addressing climate change and meeting emissions targets in Hamilton to the City’s Board of Health on October 21st

For more information on Climate Change Action Month, the Community Carbon Challenge, Climate Change Map or various events happening throughout the City during Climate Change Action Month please contact Deirdre Connell at 905-540-8787 ext 113 or by email at deirdre.connell@greenventure.ca.

Insurance and Hybrid cars

Interesting article here about the insurance industry and its relationship with hybrid cars.

http://www.insurancequotes.org/2013/05/02/being-green-is-getting-easier-top-hybrid-vehicles-what-they-mean-for-your-insurance/.

The article is informative in general, although the list of “best hybrids” is particularly interesting. Funny that the writers of the article chose to “promote” the Chevrolet Volt in fourth spot when the linked article from which the rankings are taken clearly shows three Toyota Priuses (should that be Priusi ?)  sharing the spot overall and the Volt in 7th.Either that or the list is a “living” document that constantly updates- not sure why there is a discrepancy.

Either way though, the article makes the good point that the insurance industry in the US is looking favourably at hybrids.

Saving Fuel and the Environment: One Tire At a Time

This summer, Green Venture has been working with Canadian Tire Stores to deliver Tire Pressure Clinics to the community.  These clinics were made possible from the Shell -Fuelling Change grant awarded to us last year, in addition to support from Clean Air Hamilton.  During these events, we teach motorists how to check their tire pressure.  If required, we also fill up people’s tires, and provide them with EcoDriver information and a giveaway item.  These events are a great way to engage the community and teach them sustainable driving techniques.  After attending these clinics, people learn how to save money on gas, while reducing their use of fossil fuels.

Why Attend a Tire Pressure Clinic?

  • The average person is emitting 10% more CO2 when driving their car due to under-inflated tires
  • 26% of smog forming pollutants and greenhouse gases come from road vehicles
  • 33% of vehicles have at least one tire under inflated
  • 70% of people don’t measure tire pressures each month
  • Just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi can increase fuel consumption by 4% (that’s 80 litres more fuel per year), and reduce the life of the tire by 15 000km
  • Canadians waste 533 million litres of  fuel each year  which equates to over 1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2)
  • Under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure

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Stats From Our Last Tire Pressure on Saturday, June 22, 2013:

  • # of people helped/spoken to: 27
  • Average PSI (Pounds per square inch) of air given per car: 5
  • Total PSI added to people’s vehicles throughout the day: 120

So our one tire pressure clinic…

  • Saved 3.28 L of fuel in just one day
  • Saved a collective 1,200 L of fuel in a year
  • Saved 7.5 kg of CO2 from being emitted in one day
  • Saved 2,670 kg of CO2 from being emitted in a year

These events teach us how to live a little more sustainably while driving, and we would love for you to participate!  Our next Tire Pressure Clinic is this Saturday, July 6, 2013.  The location is 777 Upper James St, Hamilton, ON.

 

Posted by Edward

Climate Change Champions Update: It’s Always Bike Month at THAAT Delivery

Climate Change Champion Activity Update

June is Bike Month so we thought we’d use this month’s Climate Change Champions update to highlight a bicycle-friendly organization in Hamilton. THAAT Delivery, a signatory of Hamilton’s Climate Change Action Charter since its inception, brings Hamilton human-powered, local, and sustainable delivery services. THAAT Delivery, newly located at 237 James St. N. (entrance on Severn St.), offers convenient, efficient, and CO2-free delivery with a 500lb cargo capacity of all kinds of goods throughout the lower city from Stoney Creek to Dundas. You may be asking “How is it CO2-free”? Well, it’s all delivered by bike! At the time of this interview, THAAT Delivery had offset 893.54 pounds of CO2e by cycling 1528 km for 1126 deliveries, and these numbers just keep growing!

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During the average week, THAAT is on the road delivering regular customer’s products like magazines and subscriptions, light-weight deliveries, coffeecology coffee, community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm deliveries, and bread and egg deliveries. Not only are many of these products local and sustainable, but they are being delivered to doorsteps across the city with no associated carbon emissions because they’re delivered by bike. Starting in June, THAAT will be out on the road making even more deliveries! THAAT Delivery has partnered with vendors from the Locke Street Market to launch The Local Basket. This website is an online platform where residents can access menus of local growers to buy local and sustainable produce, coffee, and much more and have it delivered to their doorstep by bike. The Local Basket is a great way for people to access local food without driving to a farmer’s market and negating the impact of buying local.

That’s not all you can expect from THAAT this summer. THAAT will also be unveiling a new Vélo Stage which made a special appearance at Bike to Work/School Day this year at Gore Park. The Stage is a partnership between THAAT Delivery and Reuben and Heidi Vanderkwaak, also known as the Pedal Powered Family and the folks behind Kidical Mass, to raise awareness and advocate for cargo cycling by showing all of the great possibilities bikes can bring us. You might have seen the Velo Stage this past Sunday at Open Streets Hamilton on James Street North.

THAAT also received the Community in Motion Active Transportation Award for Bicycle-Friendly Business/Organization at Bike to Work Day this year. This award recognizes businesses and organizations that demonstrate significant impact on promoting cycling and a cycle-friendly environment through infrastructure, promotional programs or other similar initiatives. THAAT Delivery is an active member of the community and has made a huge effort to actively support and promote the use of healthy and sustainable forms of transportation not only through the way the business operates but other ventures as well.

We hope THAAT Delivery keeps up the great work and can’t wait to see what comes next!

– Deirdre

Hamilton Achieves Milestone 5!

We at Green Venture are happy to share the following press release from the City of Hamilton announcing the City has achieved Milestone 5 – Monitoring Progress and Reporting Results. Milestone 5 is the final milestone of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection program, a network of Canadian municipalities that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking action on climate change. The City has continued to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as tackle the causes and consequences of climate change in Hamilton.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hamilton Achieves Climate Change Milestone

HAMILTON, ON – April 22, 2013 –  The City of Hamilton achieved Milestone 5 from the Partners for Climate Protection program for taking steps to reduce greenhouse gases and improve energy efficiency as recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The Partners for Climate Protection program is a results-oriented network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. This recognition places Hamilton amongst the top 6% of 239 Canadian municipal members of the program.

Since 2005, the City of Hamilton has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 16% by, retrofitting municipal buildings, replacing street lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, capturing methane from landfills and water treatment and converting to energy at the Glanbrook landfill and the Woodward Wastewater treatment plant, introducing hybrid and electric vehicles into the city’s vehicle fleet, reducing paper consumption, and encouraging active transportation and commuting by employees.

In 2011, Hamilton was the first municipality in Ontario to introduce a community Climate Change Action Charter. The charter is a voluntary agreement that outlines the need for local action and commitment on climate change from individuals, organizations and businesses of all types and sizes throughout Hamilton. Under the charter, the City reports annually on its progress addressing climate change.

For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/climatechange

Climate Change Champions Update April 2013: Dundas in Transition and Ecowham

Saturday March 23rd, 2013 marked the 7th annual Earth Hour. Earth Hour is the single largest mass participation event in the world. Based on the hope that we can mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires millions of people in over 7000 cities and towns in over 150 countries to switch lights off for an hour and is a great first step towards reducing our environmental impact. This year, Hamilton residents turned out the lights and were able to reduce energy consumption by 4% and Horizon Utilities reported energy usage was down 21 MW during Earth Hour – enough power to run 913 homes for an entire day.

While some Hamilton residents participated in Earth Hour by turning lights out at home or local restaurants, Dundas in Transition and the Ecological Churches of West Hamilton (Ecowham) took celebrations a step further by holding the Earth Hour Resilience and Sustainability Night. During Earth Hour and throughout the night, over 70 local residents celebrated by examining ways to become a more resilient and sustainable community through movies, presentations, and great treats from sponsors Café Domestique and Picone Fine Foods. Those who came to this terrific event at St Paul’s United Church were even given a sneak peek at The Revolution Movie. This movie tries to uncover the secret to saving ecosystems we depend on for survival. From coral reefs to deforestation to tar sands, he reveals that all of our actions are interconnected and that environmental degradation, species loss, ocean acidification, pollution, and food/water scarcity are reducing the Earth’s ability to house humans. This great evening night ended after lights went out to celebrate Earth Hour at 8:00 PM and flashlights came on!

Although turning the lights out for an hour isn’t the solution to all of our environmental issues, we hope that you go beyond the hour and start making small and simple changes that reduce your energy consumption today and every day.

To find out more about the Climate Change Champions program and ways you can reduce your environmental impacts, visit the Climate Change Hamilton website.

For more information about Dundas in Transition and Ecowham, check out their websites at http://www.dundasintransition.ca/and http://ecowham.blogspot.ca/.

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– Deirdre

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