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UpRoot Hamilton – Green Venture’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Every now and again we need to be challenged and motivated to get out of our routines and try out new ideas and experiences, finding ourselves UpRooted! On October 3rd Green Venture hosted it’s first ever fundraiser, pulling up its own roots and trying new things to grow as an organization. What a success it was! Despite the strong winds, rain and unseasonably cool temperatures, people came out to help  celebrate 20 years of environmental outreach and education in the Hamilton community and donate  to help keep Green Venture going strong for the next 20 years! Continue reading

Celebrating 20 Years: A Look Back

Green Venture officially began operating in 1995, making 2015 our 20th anniversary. Although we’ll be marking this special occasion with an amazing event called UpRoot Hamilton (which you can read more about), we’ve also taken the time to think about our past 20 years, and the amazing journey we’ve been on as we try to make Hamilton and area the most environmentally friendly place to live, one day, and one action, at a time. Continue reading

My Green Venture Internship: Lessons Learned

Hi! My name’s Areeba and I’ve just completed a seven week placement at Green Venture. I have learned many different things during the past seven weeks through my position as a green gardener where I assist with the maintenance of the many gardens and facilities present on the property. Continue reading

Are you UpRooted?

Green eggs and ham may not be on the menu, but Hamilton’s first social food market will still be turning green this Fall.

UpRoot Hamilton, a fundraiser celebrating Green Venture’s 20th Anniversary will feature local chefs, local ingredients and the impact that eating local can have on the environment. Attendees to the October 3 event will be able to sample locally sourced and inspired food dishes that come from equally unique vendors, many of whom do not yet have an actual storefront location in the city. Continue reading

Green Venture Announces New Executive Director

Green Venture gets Gold

Green Venture announces their new Executive Director, Kathryn Gold.

At only 30 years old, Kathryn is the youngest Executive Director the organization has ever had.

Kathryn has worked for Green Venture for six years as a Program Coordinator, and has a history of exceeding everyone’s expectations.  You may remember Kathryn for bringing the idea of “Pet Waste Composting” to Hamilton a few years back.  The three workshops (held at EcoHouse) were filled to capacity, and 100 people were on a waiting list hoping to get in.

Earlier this year, Kathryn was chosen to represent Green Communities Canada at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation Council Meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, where she highlighted their joint “Depave Paradise” program.  Last year, Green Venture helped to depave 95 square meters of pavement at St. Augustine’s elementary school in Dundas.

Kathryn obtained a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2008, and has a background in Water Conservation and Demand Management.  She also has an Honours Degree in Geography from Brock University.

“I am thrilled to lead Green Venture into the future”, says Gold, as she explains that building partnerships with other environmental groups will be at the forefront of her focus for the organization.

The Board of Directors expresses their confidence that Kathryn will settle into the role well.  “Kathryn has a great rapport with current staff, and we are certain that she will guide the organization with purpose and stay true to our Mission and Vision,” Velma Grover states.

With Kathryn’s fresh outlook on environmental issues, and experience with the media, everyone expects Green Venture to have a strengthened presence in the community.  “It’s really about connecting with Hamiltonians, and providing the environmental knowledge and services that they are seeking.  Connecting with others is what we are all about,” says Kathryn.

When asked if she thinks she can live up to the previous Executive Director’s legacy, Kathryn insists that it will be tough, but she is willing to put in the effort and hard work.

Green Venture representatives receive national awards!


Stephanie Holko – Outstanding Board Member – Green Communities Canada 2013 award


Clare Wagner – Outstanding Staff Person – Green Communities Canada 2013 award

Green Venture’s Stephanie Holko  received the 2013 Outstanding Board Member, and Clare Wagner the 2013 Outstanding Staff Person award in recognition of their hard work in the service of the environment and the City of Hamilton.

“We’re very impressed with the accomplishments of Clare and Stephanie,” said Clifford Maynes, of Green Communities Canada, a national organization which conferred the award at its recent Annual General Meeting. “We want to take this opportunity to congratulate them and their community supporters for everything that’s been achieved to date, and to wish them the best for the years to come.”

Maynes noted that it is far from easy to maintain and grow an organization like Green Venture, with its excellent programs and partnerships (see www.greenventure.ca to learn more).

“It takes determination, entrepreneurship, and constant innovation,” he said.

“Environmental sustainability is an urgent goal, but we’re not going to get there overnight. We need people like Clare and Stephanie that will keep working away — through good times and difficult times.”

Green Communities Canada is a national association of more than two dozen community organizations that help people go green – at home, at work, on the road, and throughout their communities. See: www.greencommunitiescanada.org

For more information, contact Clifford Maynes, Executive Director at cmaynes@greencommunitiescanada.org or 705-745-7479 x 118.

Hamilton Reuses: A Tonne of Opportunity

Every day, many tonnes of waste from homes and businesses in the City of Hamilton are dumped into landfills. To divert some of this waste, it is important that we practice the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Most people know to reduce waste by buying only what they need and to recycle by separating certain materials from the trash, but many people don’t know ways to offer up their unwanted belongings for reuse.

For instance, trying to find someone in need of your ancient dial television can be a time-consuming process with disappointing results; also, moving bulky items (think of that tacky and oversized couch in your living room) can be a very difficult task.

Luckily, Hamilton has a number of services and opportunities that can help you get your unwanted items into the right hands so that they can be happily reused by somebody else. While you’re at it, you might even make some extra cash!

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Kijiji & Craigslist: free online services like the local classified ads in newspapers.

Registered members can buy and sell virtually anything that is not considered illegal by the website’s standards.Etiquette is for the buyer to pick up the item(s) being sold so you don’t have to worry about moving heavy items!



Hamilton Reuses: like Kijiji, an online service to exchange goods within the City of Hamilton.

Although it is not as popular as Kijiji, the website has other resources like the Recyclopedia which has information on places to recycle almost anything (including hazardous materials).On the site’s forums, users can offer their junk up for sale (or to give away) and browse offers posted by other people.


The Reuse Centre: accepts almost any items from the household or workplace including building supplies.

Takes unwanted junk off your hands to be resold in their store.Items cannot be damaged, soiled, incomplete, or hazardous. Call them if you are unsure of how to properly dispose of these items.

Resells items dropped off at the centre for cheap.


Address:  3335 North Service Road, Unit #2A, Burlington, ON.

Phone Number: 905-319-0477


Freecycle: an online network of groups that reuse each other’s goods.

Members form local recycling “communities” that offer up and exchange goods with one another.Unlike Kijiji, everything listed must be completely FREE.

Find a group near you on their website.



Donation Centres: places that accept gently-used household wares to be resold. Revenue usually goes towards charity work.

Value Village has a number of drop-off locations for unwanted household items that can be found here.Pickups can be arranged for bulky items.


The Goodwill Donation Centre accepts clothing, household wares and linens, furniture and small appliances for resale.Proceeds from the sale of these goods help support work in helping people find employment opportunities.  

Address: 1050 Upper Gage Avenue, Hamilton, ON

Phone Number: 905-526-8488

-Evan Gravely

Clean Air is a Yard Away – Lawn Mower Exchange Events

Our April Clean Air is a Yard Away events were a success as reported by John Kernaghan on Open File Hamilton (May 5, 2011 – Folks clear the air by giving up trusted mowers).

Be sure to come out to our next event on Saturday May 14th from 10am to 4pm at RONA Parkdale (633 Parkdale Ave North in Hamilton).

Clean Air is a Yard Away events with RONA stores offer a $50 instant rebate on a new, eco-friendly model when an older gas powered lawnmower is turned in.  Please take out the fuel and oil and recycle these at a City of Hamilton Community Recycling Centre – then bring us the old lawnmower.

We’re doing this because Canadian’s gas powered lawn equipment dump about 80,000 tonnes of harmful emissions into our air yearly it is important to get these dirty old machines out of commission.  

Only with the help of our partners at RONA Waterdown, RONA Parkdale, FASTBIN.ca and Green Circle Recycling in Waterdown can Green Venture offer this type of program.

Check out Green Venture’s Small Engine webpage for more info and facsheets on small engines and air quality.

We’re back!

We’re happy to announce that we have resurrected Green Venture’s Blog – It’s the next phase of leaving our Luddite tradition behind us!

  • You can already follow our activities on Facebook by clicking “Like” here: www.facebook.com/GreenVentureHamilton,
  • Join the conversation and get liked to breaking news by following us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Green_Venture, and
  • We will soon be posting videos on our YouTube account: www.youtube.com/GreenVentureHamilton.
  • We are also in the process of updating our website, which is full of useful reference information on a variety of sustainability-related issues and products, provides information on our staff and board, and has comprehensive list of our active and past programming: www.greenventure.ca.

So, we are now pleased to also be using our blog to respond to your inquires and comment on community issues relating to sustainability and the environment.

If you have question you would like us to respond to, please let us know: contact(at)greenventure.ca. We’ll do our best to respond to your questions in a timely matter (please give us some time to respond as we typically fill our days working on our projects and activities!)

Looking forward to hearing from you!