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Get Involved with Green Venture

Green Venture is a non-profit organization and, like many non-profits, we rely on the help of community volunteers for many of our projects. Whether it’s weeding a garden, guiding a tour, promoting Green Venture at an event or taking part in a clean-up, our volunteers help in all kinds of ways.

Having fun after a volunteer cleanup event

Having fun after a volunteer cleanup event

Many of our volunteers get involved with Green Venture for various  reasons. Everyone is different but most volunteers have a few things in common and many volunteer because they want to help the environment, get experience, learn skills, meet new people and have fun. Some people also volunteer to add to a resume or earn volunteer hours for high school.

Green Venture has several ways you can get involved, including maintaining the grounds at our EcoHouse, joining us at special events or helping lead a tour (for more details on these opportunities, visit our website). These are not the only ways people volunteer with Green Venture though, we also have interns, co-op students and all of our board members are volunteers.

Making paper during an EcoHouse open house

Making paper during an EcoHouse open house

Getting involved is easy:

  • Sign up for our Green Post (online Volunteer Mailing List) to receive regular updates on volunteer opportunities
  • Email volunteer (@) greenventure.ca to receive a Volunteer Application and information about current opportunities to volunteer
  • Visit Green Venture’s EcoHouse or speak with us at an event to learn more about volunteering
  • If you have skills or experience you would like to share as a volunteer let us know!

We hope you will come out and volunteer with us soon!

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Ditch the Drive & Bring the Bike!

On May 26th, we celebrated Bike to Work Day at Gore Park to kick off the beginning of Bike Month in June. That morning we saw residents learn more about cycling and active travel, and the unveiling of the new Hamilton bike share program called Sobi Hamilton. Sobi Hamilton will start early this summer (it’s coming soon!) and making 750 bikes available at 105 stations throughout Hamilton. At any time you can reserve and rent the bike for a period of time and a small fee. Check out Sobi Hamilton here.

Biking is a great form of active travel, helping you get to where you are going, and in a healthy and lively way. Physically inactive lifestyles are very harmful to our health and contribute to a lot of the most common diseases in Canada such as stroke, diabetes, heart diseases and more. Including active travel into your routine is a great way to get in your daily dose of exercise while reducing your environmental impact too. Many Canadian individuals depend on their car for transportation, but the pollution created by cars increases our greenhouse gas emissions which affects our climate and our air quality. Active travel doesn’t just apply to biking it works for any physical active mode of transportation, such as rollerblading, walking, running, or skateboarding. Next time you plan to go to the grocery store, work, or anywhere try to walk, ride or roll as active alternatives to driving your car.

Here are our top ten reasons to ditch the drive and ride a bike:

  1. Save money on gas
  2. Don’t have to worry about finding parking
  3. Get to be active and healthy
  4. You won’t have to sit in traffic
  5. You get a better view of the city
  6. Bicycles take a lot less materials and energy to make then cars
  7. Bikes have a lot less maintenance
  8. Bikes don’t burn gasoline, keeping our air clean
  9. Storing a bike is easy
  10.  IT’S FUN!

Missed Bike to Work Day? Don’t miss us at Open Streets Hamilton! Open Streets Hamilton re-purposes streets for fun, active, and creative activities by temporarily transforming streets into a shared space for everyone to experience. Sunday, July 13 2014 on James Street North from 10AM – 5PM will mark the 8th car-free Sunday in Hamilton since June 2010.

Written By:

Brittney Massey

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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.

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

Get Involved in Planning Open Streets #HamOnt

openstreetsham logoAs a proud partner of Open Streets Hamilton, Green Venture is encouraging residents (yes you!) to get involved and help make Open Streets Hamilton a continued success.

This event is only going to be possible with help from you, so get involved today!

A volunteer planning meeting is scheduled for this Thursday April 4th. Contact events@openstreetshamilton.ca to become part of this dynamic team of volunteers (even if you are unable to make the meeting this Thursday, there are many ways that you can help).

Thanks,

Pete Wobschall
Executive Director
Green Venture

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Open Streets Wants You…

…to join our 2013 team!

Sunday June 23, 2013open streets hamilton sc – 10am to 5pm

We hope you’re coming to Open Streets Hamilton: James Street North!   Apply now and tell us how you’d like to help us open the street!

WHO – Open Streets Hamilton Community Organization is a volunteer-run, registered non-profit organization.  We are a community-based partnership dedicated to promoting active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles by temporarily transforming streets into a shared space for everyone to experience.  Our motto is “Make the Streets Your Playground”.  Sunday, June 23rd, 2013, will mark our 7th car-free Sunday in Hamilton since June 2010!

Open Streets Hamilton is part of a network of events taking place all over the world to re-purpose streets for fun, active, and creative activities!  Click here to see more about events like this across North America!  Open Streets Hamilton is looking for volunteers to help in the following areas:

  • Media & Sponsorship (assist in recruiting paid and in-kind sponsors, arrange media coverage for event day, write press releases, ensure sponsor recognition on event day)
  • Street & Logistics (create street design for programming and amenities, arrange equipment for event day, set up/tear down of equipment, coordinate drop off/pick up on event day)
  • Communications & Outreach (assist with outreach to businesses and residents along the event route, attend promotional events, answer emails/social media requests)
  • Programming & Activities (help to solicit programming for the event, assist with set up/tear down of programming for event day, work with street layout team for placement/amenities)
  • Volunteers & Fundraising (recruit new volunteers, learn & develop volunteer training program, coordinate volunteers for event day and promotional events, assure fundraising tools are available)
  • Reporting & Evaluation (create event report template, set up evaluation for event results, carry out evaluation, prepare reports for future events)
  • Administration & Finances (attend committee meetings, take minutes, assist with bookkeeping tasks, answer general inquiries, direct requests to appropriate volunteers)
We will be hosting our next event on James Street North, in Hamilton, Ontario (final route details TBA).  Our volunteer planning team is open to all volunteers and meets at YWCA Hamilton (75 MacNab Street).  Please note YWCA Hamilton is an accessible building, has outdoor bike racks, and is only a short distance from both the MacNab Street bus terminal and Hamilton GO Station.  (Paid parking is available at City Hall.)Our next event is on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 (10am* to 5pm – *road closure starts at 9am, set up is between 9am and 10am).
Planning team meetings take place starting April 4th on the first and third Thursday of every month from 5:45pm to 7:45pm.  All volunteers will receive minutes from planning team meetings and are welcome (and encouraged) to attend and assist with the planning process!
Click here to submit your application to join our June 23rd, 2013 event!  A team of returning volunteers will review your application and confirm your registration upon approval.  See above for more information about the kind of help Open Streets Hamilton is looking for.
Thank you for your time and consideration!  We hope you will be able to join us on June 23rd!  If you have more questions please contact Sunil at sunil@openstreetshamilton.ca or call 905-481-0809.Looking forward to seeing you on the street!The OSH Event Planning Team

HAMILTON SEEDY SUNDAY 2013 – FEB 24 (#HamOnt)

Hamilton Seedy Saturday

Sunday, February 24th, 11am-4pm at St. Peter’s HARRRP, 705 Main St E (at St. Clair).

HCGN_SeedySunday_Poster-1301Brought to you by the Hamilton Community Garden Network (HCGN) and Green Venture with support from the Canadian Organic Growers, Hamilton Chapter and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

Seed swap and garden celebration where all are welcome to get seeds and garden supplies through exchanges and vendors; learn about local community gardens and organizations; attend workshops and demonstrations; enjoy lunch and refreshments from Hamilton food trucks and restaurants; and win great prizes.

Entrance by donation to support the HCGN. On street parking. For more details and information on accessibility contact info@hcgn.ca, 905-540-8787 ext.158, or visit here.

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