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Climate Change Action of the Month: Smart Commute Hamilton

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases are car emissions so it doesn’t take Einstein to realize that eliminating car emissions would have a significant affect on climate change. A few commercial buildings within Hamilton have begun to include secure bike parking on their premises to help promote alternative, and in this case active, transportation. Within five years of the Smart Commute Hamilton program starting up, over 24,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been prevented from entering into the atmosphere.

The secure bike parking allows Hamiltonians to bike rather than drive and have a safe place they can store their bikes while at work or play. Here are just some of the locations you can find secure bike parking in Hamilton:

One of the many secure bike parking facilities in Hamilton

One of the many secure bike parking facilities in Hamilton

  • St. Joes Hospital
  • Hamilton General
  • Mohawk College
  • The Convention Centre
  • York Parkdale
  • Horizon Utility Office
  • Jackson Square AND OVER 50 MORE!

Secure bike parking gives you piece of mind after locking up your bike, offering superior protection on your bike over the conventional rack. How you ask? Secure bike parking is located within limited access facilities and can only be reached by secure bike members who have been granted access. The bikes are then hung vertically and with one U-lock you are able to lock up both tires and your bike frame. The facilities are monitored by security dramatically decreasing your risk of theft or damage to your bike.

With the development of secure bike parking, commuters are encouraged to ditch their cars and grab their bikes. Biking is a healthy and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving your car. Now you can do your part and bike to work, a friends, or the store, reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you contribute to the atmosphere, and have peace of mind.

Written By: Brittney Massey

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Totally Transit – Connecting Older Adults with Public Transit

hsrGreen Venture has been offering bus education programs for several years through the Totally Transit program.  This program introduces people to the HSR, and provides them with the information needed to take the bus.  This is the second year that Green Venture has expanded this program to cater to older adults.

Taking the bus is one of the most convenient and affordable ways to get around our city.  The HSR carries millions of passengers per year and operates comprehensive bus routes throughout Hamilton.  These workshops will discuss HSR bus services and focus on the neighbourhood around the workshop location.

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Through a series of free workshops offered at ten locations across Hamilton, older adults will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to confidently navigate public transit.  Topics such as local bus routes, bus fare and passes, seniors’ discounts, and trip planning will be covered.

After a 45 minute presentation on taking the bus, an optional 15 minute presentation will be offered on how to use Google maps to plan your trip, for those who use the internet.  All workshop participants will have the opportunity to fill out a form requesting bus trip planning to two destinations.  Green Venture will mail participants step by step instructions explaining how to take the bus to their destinations.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for a guided bus trip, where they will travel in small groups of 2-4 on the bus with a trained bus travel guide.  Free bus tickets will be provided, and the travel guide will orient them on how to use the bus while they ride to a fun location for an outing, before travelling back to their starting point on the bus together.

Workshops will be offered at:

Wednesday September 10, 10:30 to 12:00pm- Concession Street Library, 565 Concession St, Hamilton

Tuesday September 23, 2:00 to 3:30pm -Westdale Library 955 King St W, Hamilton,

Monday September 29, 2:00 to 3:30pm Turner Park Library 352 Rymal Rd E, Hamilton

Wednesday October 1, 2:00 to 3:30pm Red Hill Library 695 Queenston Road Hamilton

Monday October 20, 10 to 11:30am – North End Community Health Centre, 438 Hughson Street North, Hamilton

Thursday October 23, 10 to 11:30am – Sackville Hill Senior Center, 780 Upper Wentworth Street, Hamilton

Wednesday October 29, 10 to 11:30am – Dundas Library, 18 Ogilvie St, Dundas

 

Registration is required to attend a workshop.

To sign up for a guided bus trip, please call 905-540-8787 ext. 151

 

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Community CarShare comes to the East End!

Green Venture has decided to do the green thing and trade in our two company vehicles for a Community CarShare membership. Community CarShare is a local non-profit co-operative organization. They were the first car sharing organization within Ontario starting in 1998 and have been a part of the Hamilton community since 2009.

How does it work?

The Community CarShare program is really simple. First, you sign up for a membership plan that is based on your needs. Once you are signed up and have received a safe driving orientation you are able to book any of the 53 CarShare vehicles (with 13 in Hamilton), and you are able to book up to 30 minutes in advance. The car is then charged on a pay-per-use basis. You are able to pick the type of car you need and then head to the closest available location to pick up your car, it’s as simple as that. You don’t even have to pay for gas, maintenance, or insurance, they are all included in your membership fee.

We used our Community CarShare membership to book the Toyota Tacoma to help us get everything for our booth from the EcoHouse to the Open Streets festival in Hamilton.

We used our Community CarShare membership to book the Toyota Tacoma to help us get everything for our booth from the EcoHouse to the Open Streets festival in Hamilton.

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Our helper with the CarShare!

There are many benefits for anyone to change from using a personal vehicle to joining the Community CarShare. Some of the benefits are,

  • Financial: For a newer vehicle you will be cutting out those hefty monthly payments, or for an older car the growing maintenance costs. You do not pay for gas, which is constantly increasing, or insurance, as this is included in the membership fee. Additionally you are not paying for a place to park your car, and if you have an extra par
    king space you can potentially rent it out and make a profit! At Green Venture we did the math and we will be saving over $5000.00 dollars a year by switching to CarShare!
  • Social: You are contributing to a local co-operative organization within your community. You are also avoiding the stress of managing and maintaining a vehicle and lastly Community CarShare has made picking up and booking a car convenient and hassle free.
  • Environmental: By ditching your ride and joining CarShare you are diminishing the amount of cars on the road. This helps reduce CO2 emissions, while also reducing the amount of traffic and consequently the amount of idling on the streets, bettering our air quality within the city. Lastly if you do not have your own vehicle for transportation traveling becomes more of a conscious decision. This allows people to become more aware of their transportation choices and consider more environmentally friendly decisions such as CarShare, biking or walking.
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The Toyota Prius PHV plugged-in and recharging its batteries.

Green Venture is taking the environmental benefits one step further by introducing an electric vehicle into the Community CarShare organization. At Green Venture’s office building, called the EcoHouse, we have an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station, which was donated by EATON. The EV charging station is a place for plug-in cars to recharge and collect electric energy for their vehicles. The EV charging station will soon be the new location for the Toyota Prius Hybrid Plug-in (or Prius PHV), for Community CarShare. This hybrid utilises rechargeable batteries while in all-electric running mode, that only take two to three hours to charge and the vehicle can maintain high speeds and last a long distance. When using the Prius PHV compared to other gas guzzling cars of the same size you will be reducing your fuel consumption by 1650 litres and even better lowering your CO2 emissions by nearly 4000 kg per year! By Green Venture using not only CarShare but an electric vehicle we will be significantly reducing our carbon footprint and continuing our goal to live more sustainably.

Written by: Brittney Massey

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.

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

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