Depave: Before and After PhotoBlog

Check out all these beautiful transformations along Barton St. E! From impermeable pavement to beautiful gardens of soil and flowers, these depave sites help to create a more vibrant landscape in our city, reduce stormwater runoff, and encourage local pollinators to thrive. 🐝🌱 0+M2 of Lawn, Pavement, and Concrete Transformed 0+# of Native Species Planted…

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Community Planting Day at Laidlaw Memorial United Church

Community Planting and Partnership at Laidlaw Memorial United Church In June, Green Venture hosted the Laidlaw Memorial United Church Planting Event, participating in the Living Cities project to bring accessible green spaces to Hamilton! With additional funding from ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s Corporate Community Fund, Green Cities Foundation, Rain Haven, and Tree Canada, we transformed over 2000…

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Rain Garden and Green Infrastructure Tour

Green Venture, a Hamilton based not-for-profit, is hosting a self-paced rain garden tour from August 10th-11th, 10am-12pm. Along with the homeowners, we invite you to wander through some of the residential rebate program rain gardens and green infrastructure projects- including a dry well. A dozen projects across the city will be open to the public.…

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Art Crawl Repair Cafe and Clothing Giveaway

Green Venture will be running free clothing repairs and a clothing giveaway at the Hamilton Art Crawls this summer! The goal of our event is to reduce waste and carbon emissions that are created from both discarding materials and producing new ones. Moving towards a circular economy is a vital part of lessening our environmental…

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Green Venture July Events

EcoHouse Stewardship Help us with maintenance and gardening projects around EcoHouse on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! Register to help on: Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:30pm or Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am More Details Strategic Engagement Survey Green Venture is developing a new strategic plan. Your feedback will help us strengthen our organization and create a…

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Green Venture June Events

Barton Stewardship Strolls Join us for one or all of our biweekly Stewardship Strolls starting Sunday, June 2nd from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Our Sunday Stewardship Strolls invite everyone to explore the beautiful native gardens, stay active, and keep Barton St. blooming! Register Now EcoHouse Stewardship Help us with maintenance and gardening projects around…

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Green Venture’s Plant Swap

Missed the last plant swap? Green Venture has another one coming up! This exciting event will bring together fellow green thumbs and plant enthusiasts. The next Green Venture House Plant Swap is set to take place on June 15, 2024 10am to noon.  The last plant swap brought out seasoned and experienced plant parents and…

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Community Planning for a Community Planting

Embracing Greener Spaces: Cultivating a Sustainable Vision through Community Planning Living Cities with Green Community Canada Green Venture is participating in the Living Cities project sponsored by Green Communities Canada to bring accessible green spaces to Hamilton! With additional funding from ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s Corporate Community Fund, Green Cities Foundation, Rain Haven, and Tree Canada, Green…

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Volunteering with Green Venture

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities where you’ll gain valuable knowledge of biodiversity and invasive species prevention?  Well, Green Venture is the answer for you! What is Green Venture? Green Venture is a not-for-profit environmental organization based in Hamilton, Ontario. At Green Venture, we offer a diverse range of community-based programs, educational workshops, and initiatives…

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Rain Barrels: A Sustainable Fundraiser for Green Venture

Purchase a rain barrel and support the annual Green Venture fundraiser! Why Rain Barrels? Rain barrels offer a simple yet effective way to conserve water and reduce runoff. By collecting rainwater, they provide a free and sustainable source of water for gardens, lawns, and even household chores like washing cars. This reduces the strain on…

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2024 Seedling Sale

Spring is in the air, seeds are sprouting, and it’s time to get some new plants into the ground. Our Green Venture youth, in partnership with Youth Power 4 Climate Justice, are leading this year’s Spring Seedling sale to raise funds towards programs that empower youth to be environmental leaders in Hamilton.   When and…

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Clean Air Day 2024

Clean Air Day   The 2024 Clean Air Day Event is happening at Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch and EVERYONE IS WELCOME! *** Have an item in need of repair? Reduce waste and get it repaired for FREE at the Clean Air Day Repair Cafe by completing this form. *** Air quality is always a…

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Green Venture May Events

Community Stewardship Events Help us take care of green spaces around the city. With weekly events throughout the month of May, there are opportunities for gardeners of all ages to be involved and get their hands in the dirt.  May 2: Our Lady of Vietnam Church Stewardship  May 3: EcoHouse Stewardship May 4: Lake Ave.…

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Rethinking Mother’s Day Gifts

As Mother’s Day approaches, the age-old question resurfaces: What gift can truly capture the essence of appreciation and love for the mothers in our lives? While flower bouquets and plant baskets have long been popular choices, there’s a growing awareness of the ecological impact of these gifts, particularly when they contain invasive species. Let’s explore…

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Green Venture’s Plant Swap

Hey plant lovers of Hamilton, Ontario! Get ready for an exciting event that will bring together fellow green thumbs and plant enthusiasts for a day of swapping, sharing, and celebrating our leafy companions. The Green Venture House Plant Swap is set to take place on May 11, 2024, promising a fun and vibrant gathering for…

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Clean Air Day & Repair Cafe

Let’s talk about air quality at our annual Clean Air Day! Green Venture is discussing Air Quality and its importance within our community at our upcoming Clean Air Day event as part of Health Canada’s nationwide effort to celebrate and increase awareness about clean air. Good air quality might not be something you think of…

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Permeable Surface Options in Ontario

April showers bring May flowers … and stormwater runoff! Rainwater and melting snow flowing over solid surfaces in our city carries pollutants like chemicals, litter, and pet waste into our creeks and waterways. Stormwater runoff also contributes to an increased risk of flooding, erosion, water pollution and habitat degradation. When the amount of runoff exceeds…

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5 Benefits of Steel Garden Beds

While pressure-treated woods have been widely used for constructing garden beds due to their cost-effectiveness and availability, concerns regarding chemical leaching into the soil have led many gardeners to seek alternatives. Cedar and pine boards are popular options, with pine being more budget-friendly than cedar. However, untreated pine boards, being softer, often deteriorate or decay…

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Green Venture April Events

MacChangers Final Project Showcase Monday, April 1st, 2024 from 3:00-6:00pm MacChangers are dedicated to tackling real issues within the Hamilton community. Attend their final presentations on various community-enriching projects. Get Tickets Rain Barrel Sale Deadline Our Annual Green Venture Rain Barrel Sale closes on April 6th. Support Green Venture and begin harvesting rain water at…

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Purchase a Rain Barrel through Green Venture

Our rain barrel sale is on! We’ve partnered with Rainbarrel.ca to get more rain barrels to Hamilton and surrounding areas. With home delivery to any address in Hamilton, ON you can get affordable and sturdy rain barrels and downspout diverters and connection hoses for your home. ORDER NOW Buy a Barrel * Rain barrel purchase…

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Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts – Mini Consultations for a Greener Home Join Green Venture for our upcoming “Ask the Experts” event! This unique and engaging event will provide you with the opportunity to connect with knowledgeable and experienced landscaping and home retrofit professionals.   What to Expect: Meet and interact with a diverse group of landscaping,…

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The Value in a Community Clothing Swap

Every year, we see flyers, commercials, and social media posts circulating the latest clothing collections from our favourite brands. We admire new styles, cuts, colours, and materials; all designed to catch our interest and encourage a sale. With the online retail market at an all-time-high, buying clothing on a whim has never been easier. Even…

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River Recycles

Why We Recycle Recycling is the last of the 3 R’s, and is an important part of cutting down on how much garbage we put in landfills. Recycling allows us to reuse some of the materials from our waste– whether it be in factories to make new products, or in our gardens to grow vegetables. …

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Seedy Saturday 2024: A Recap of Hamilton’s Biggest Gardening Event

On February 3, 2024,  Green Venture, in collaboration with Hamilton Public Library, hosted the 13th annual Hamilton Seedy Saturday. We returned to the Hamilton Central Library Branch, and this year’s event reached new heights on the 4th floor. The open space and extra square footage allowed us to welcome almost 1,000 attendees to the day-long…

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Green Venture March Events

Energy Efficiency Webinar Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 at 1:00pm Register for this virtual learning session hosted by the Green Venture Energy Team, featuring special guest Dave Braden. They will provide guidance on practical renovations that can make your home more comfortable while saving on your monthly energy bills. Register for Webinar Urban Gardening Club Thursday,…

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River and the 3 R’s

What’s up with Waste? Waste plays a big part in our daily lives, and a huge role in city planning. Waste will pile up in landfills, pollute waterways, and contribute to climate change if not properly managed. In this blog post, we’re going to talk about how to cut back on the amount of waste…

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Rain Garden Design Workshop

Join Our Grass to Garden Design Workshop! Say goodbye to the endless cycle of mowing, watering, and fertilizing, and hello to a low-maintenance, eco-friendly garden oasis right outside your doorstep. Join us for our rain garden design workshop and take the first step towards transforming your lawn into a beautiful and sustainable landscape that you…

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Canada Greener Homes Grant: Closed for New Applicants

The closure of the Canada Greener Homes Grant has taken a sudden and accelerated path. Originally expected to accept new applications until the end of February, recent developments have hastened its end, leaving homeowners and organizations that support energy-related upgrades scrambling to adapt to the new reality. On January 19th, just over a month before…

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Green Venture February Events

Seedy Saturday Join us for the the 13th annual Seedy Saturday!  Saturday, February 3, 2024 10am – 3pm at the Hamilton Central Library, 4th floor 55 York BLVD, Hamilton, ON Winter Commute Month The City of Hamilton is encouraging the use of alternative forms of commuting to reduce the number of vehicles on our city…

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Urgent Action Needed: Canada’s Greener Homes Program Closing

UPDATE: As of Jan 19th, registrations for qualifying audits under the Canada Greener Homes Grant are paused. Enbridge is initiating a reconciliation process to determine the program’s viability given the Federal government budget constraints. We are awaiting further information, and are committed to keeping you up to date. In a surprising turn of events, the Canada Greener…

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Green Venture Upcoming Events

Seedy Saturday Join us for the the 13th annual Seedy Saturday!  Saturday, February 3, 2024 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. at the Hamilton Central Library, 4th floor 55 York BLVD, Hamilton, ON Urban Gardening Club January 18th 2024, 6-8pm Where: Pinch Bakery and Plant Shop, 183 Sherman Ave N Topic: Native Plants and Green Infrastructure…

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City of Hamilton Stormwater Incentive Program

In the face of increasing urbanization and unpredictable weather patterns, managing stormwater flooding has become a pressing concern for our municipality. Traditional solutions can only go so far. Enter green infrastructure- a sustainable approach that not only mitigates flooding but also transforms our urban landscape. The City of Hamilton is planning a Stormwater Incentive Program…

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Join the Urban Gardening Club

Join the Launch Party to learn how you can get involved with the Urban Gardening Club! Happening November 26th 2-4pm at Pinch, 183 Sherman Ave N. The gardens on Barton St are blooming – but who will take care of them? Gardens need maintenance such as weeding, pruning and litter clean up. Over the years,…

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Submit Site Suggestions for New Green Spaces

Hamilton, Ontario, is on the brink of a transformative journey, and we need your help to shape it!   Green Venture, in collaboration with Green Communities Canada, is thrilled to introduce the Living Cities program. This initiative aims to convert at least 250 square metres (about half the size of a professional basketball court) of…

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Live Learning Session – Energy Efficient Houses: A Practical Homeowner’s Guide

Join Green Venture staff and former Hamilton City Councilor, David Braden, to learn about energy conservation and climate action at home.   The primary objective of this session is to provide a background on the biggest causes of building emissions, shedding light on critical concepts that can serve as long-term solutions for homeowners, thereby facilitating…

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Volunteer Appreciation Party!

A massive thank you! As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on volunteers. With the 2023 planting season coming to an end, we want to thank all the volunteers who helped Green Venture accomplish our various projects. Green Venture is hosting a volunteer appreciation event for folks who helped with past “depave” projects, gardening, and litter…

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Residentital Rebate Program

What is the Residential Rebate Program? Green Venture rain programs are community programs funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) and the City Enrichment Fund to increase the amount of green infrastructure in Hamilton. The goal is to help reduce the amount of stormwater that flows into the municipal system by empowering local residents to improve…

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Fall Clothing Swap

The Fall Clothing Swap is Back! It’s here! This fall on October 20 2023 from 4pm – 7pm, join Green Venture and your local #HamOnt community and #shoptheswap! We will have tons of FREE clothing for you to choose from at EcoHouse, 22 Veevers Drive. Participation is on a pay what you can basis with…

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Hamilton Stormwater Week 2023 Takeaways

Lessons learned from Stormwater Week 2023 Thank you for celebrating Stormwater Week with us! From guided walks and tours, to beach cleanups and picnics and with information provided by our partners and guest speakers, we learned a lot about the impacts of stormwater and how to better manage it. We are happy to share some…

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In-Person Event! Energy Efficient Houses: Small Changes, Big Impact

Path Towards Energy Efficient Houses Join former City Councilor David Braden, Environment Hamilton and Green Venture staff to learn simple scientific facts, energy efficiency misconceptions and about “uncommon common sense” The primary objective of this session is to provide a background on the biggest causes of building emissions, shedding light on critical concepts that can…

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Communi-TREE Week

Welcome to Communi-TREE Week In celebration of Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) National Forest Week, Green Venture is making September 17 to September 23, Urban Forest Week with Communi-TREE! This years theme will center around “Canada’s Forests: Supporting Biological Diversity”, with emphasis on urban forests. Connect with us throughout the week to learn more about…

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Self-Guided Tour of Rain Gardens on Barton St E

Barton St is blooming! Explore the neighbourhood gardens using this self-guided tour guide. Green Venture has worked with community partners over the years to install four green spaces along Barton St and one large pollinator garden at Good Shepherd Venture Centre on Cannon St. Green spaces have various proven environmental and health benefits and have…

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Stewardship on Barton

Join Green Venture for a rolling stewardship event along Barton St. E as we take care of our various sites here. Tasks include invasive species removal and general clean-up maintenance. This is a great opportunity for youth looking to gain extra community hours but everyone is welcome!   Green Venture has worked with community partners…

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Catch Basin Ambassadors Program

Keeping Hamilton Waterways Clean and Communities Safe Green Venture is launching a new program to help keep our waterways clean and protect our communities from floods. Learn how more about catch basins and how to get your certificate today! Stay tuned for litter kits and community clean ups with Green Venture! Catch Basin Cleaning Guidelines: Steps…

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SAVE THE GREENBELT: PETITION

A group of students in a SUSTAIN course at McMaster University have partnered with Stop Sprawl HamOnt to get more youth involved in the Stop Sprawl movement. They want youth to know that 5400 acres of valuable natural lands such as farmlands and biodiverse regions and 1900 acres of land already protected in the Greenbelt…

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Hamilton Stormwater Week 2023

Welcome to Hamilton Stormwater Week Green Venture is hosting the second annual week-long campaign about stormwater in Hamilton!  In March 2019, the City of Hamilton declared a climate emergency. Climate change is forcing us to adapt to extreme weather events, including urban flooding. There have been an increasing number of record setting storm events in…

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Mini Forest Research Coming to a Neighbourhood Near You!

Green Venture is pleased to announce a $35,000 grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Community Health, Education and Research Fund to evaluate Hamilton’s first Mini Forest plantings. Green Venture established the City’s first Mini Forest at Windermere Basin Park in 2021. Since that time 3 other Mini Forests have been planted in Hamilton, including at…

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Welcome Summer Students 2023!

We are gearing up for another great summer at Green Venture, and we’re excited to introduce the summer students for 2023 who will be supporting us along the way! Our team this year brings together a diverse set of academic backgrounds, interests in many areas of  environmentalism, and skillsets. The team is so excited to…

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Home Efficiency Rebate Plus Participation Walk-Through

What’s a Residential Energy Assessment? An energy audit encompasses an exhaustive inspection survey and a comprehensive analysis of energy flows within a house, with the overarching objective of conserving energy. Energy assessments play a pivotal role as the initial step in identifying and structuring opportunities to significantly diminish energy expenses and mitigate the associated carbon…

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Barton St is Blooming

On Saturday June 17th the boulevards at the Hamilton Public Library Barton branch were transformed into a stunning new green space. The new gardens contain dozens of wonderful native species with fantastic names, including black eyed susan, hairy beardtongue and zigzag goldenrod. With the help of GALA community planning committee, Hamilton Public Library, Barton Village…

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Passive House Canada Conference 2023 Recap

Green Venture staff had the privilege of attending the annual Passive House Canada Conference, held this year in Hamilton, Ontario. The conference successfully showcased the latest advancements in technologies, policies, and collaborations that contribute not only to global recognition but also to a comprehensive understanding of the adaptable nature and proven efficacy of this holistic…

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Take The Pledge to Grow A Row

Grow a Row is back for the 2023 season! Join us, support urban food growing and provide means for the sharing of locally grown, quality food. By participating in Grow a Row, you can continue to help fight food insecurity and increase accessibility of healthy food among Hamiltonians.  Donation Locations:  To participate in Grow a…

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Recap: Hamilton Seedy Saturday 2023

This past February 4th, 2023,  Green Venture, in collaboration with Hamilton Public Library, hosted the 12th annual Hamilton Seedy Saturday. With over 1,300 people attending, the day was a resounding success, once again demonstrating Hamilton gardeners’ commitment to growing a local food movement, seed swapping, and knowledge sharing. For our return to an in-person event…

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2023 Home Efficiency Rebate Plus (HER+) Program

Structuring Retrofits Between 2007 and 2020 almost 30,000 houses were rated using the EnerGuide Rating System in Hamilton. 90% of these houses also completed a post-retrofit energy evaluation to capture the savings from the energy conservation upgrades or renovations that were completed. From what we have seen, energy-efficient houses are increasing in numbers as more…

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Common Canadian live Christmas trees and tips for sourcing, caring, and disposing of your live tree.

With the Holidays around the corner, let’s take a moment to relax and enjoy some of these fun facts about Canada’s top 5 evergreens that can make a great Christmas tree:       The provincial tree of Manitoba can be found all over Canada  Known for its short, stiff bluish-green with white dots on…

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Call for Artist: Living Land Acknowledgement at EcoHouse

Living Land Acknowledgement at EcoHouse – Request for Proposals Hamilton, Ont.—November 18, 2022— Green Venture invites submissions from Indigenous artists to develop a Living Land Acknowledgement (garden art/mural/structure etc.) that will be installed at the grounds of Glen Manor (EcoHouse), located in East Hamilton, Stoney Creek. Applications are due by January 21, 2023 To apply…

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Winterproofing Program Round-Up

Draft proofing (air sealing) and insulation are crucial elements to incorporate when making a building more energy efficient. Installing a more efficient furnace or heat pump without dealing with the building envelope, for example, may not provide the savings you had initially planned for.  Insulation prevents heat transfer from in and out of a home…

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Communi-TREE Week

Welcome to Communi-TREE Week In celebration of National Forest Week, Green Venture is making September 18 to September 24, Urban Forest Week with Communi-TREE! Connect with us throughout the week to learn more about our urban forest, engage in stewardship activities, and grow our canopy! Trees are important to our daily lives from cleaning the…

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Heat Pump Technology

Heat pump technology is real and it will save you thousands of dollars over time when compared to conventional heating and cooling equipment Resources To Review: The Ontario Clean Air Alliances’ Heat Pump Calculator Full economic analysis  European adoption: which countries are adopting heat pump technology? Making the switch Guide to buying the best heat…

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Hamilton Stormwater Week

Welcome to Hamilton Stormwater Week Green Venture is hosting a week-long campaign about stormwater in Hamilton!  In March 2019, the City of Hamilton declared a climate emergency. Climate change is forcing us to adapt to extreme weather events, including urban flooding. There have been an increasing number of record setting storm events in Hamilton. Urban…

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Review of Hamilton’s Climate Change Action Strategy Implementation Resources and Governance

On Tuesday, August 8, 2022 City of Hamilton staff will be presenting Hamilton’s Climate Action Strategy Implementation Resources and Governance. This includes the Recharge Hamilton, a plan to help Hamilton achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and Climate Change Impact Adaptation Plan to help create a more resilient Hamilton in the face of climate change.…

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Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit: Retrofitting Our Buildings

The Role of Airtightness on Hamilton’s Path to Net-Zero by 2050Book A Home Energy Evaluation   Green Venture’s energy team had the opportunity to attend the 5th annual Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit, a leadership gathering focused on driving regional collaboration between Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton in business, government, and the associations’ sector. This year’s theme…

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The background image is of blue solar panels with many white wind turbines behind them under a blue sky. On a gray rectangle on top of the background, there is some text and a few images of youth outdoors making smoothies, riding a bike, and sitting at a table having a conversation. There is a green lightbulb icon at the top of the gray rectangle, with text underneath reading “Green Venture’s Young Environmental Professionals". Then, underneath the pictures, the text reads “ Youth Stewardship & Professional Skills Program. Energize for Climate Change." To the right of the image, the text reads, "Register by June 29th! Begins July 11. EcoHouse, 22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton. www.GreenVenture.ca/For-Youth". To the left of the images, text reads "Free Youth Program. Participants will: Earn volunteer hours. Collaborate on youth-led stewardship projects. Receive a certificate." On the far right on another gray rectangle, this, there are logos of the Hamilton Community Foundation, Green Venture, Conserver Society of Hamilton & District, and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to highlight the sponsors and partners of this program.

Volunteer Opportunity: Youth Stewardship and Professional Skills Program!

The Education Team at Green Venture is excited to announce our summer session of our Youth Stewardship & Professional Skills Program (YSP)! Through the YSP Program, Hamilton high school students develop transferable professional skills, earn volunteer hours, and gain knowledge of environmental issues.   Rethink! to Reduce Waste The theme from the most recent YSP…

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Tree Starting Kit Update: From Tree Seeds to Seedlings!

Back in February, the Green Venture team prepared a variety of tree starting kits with native seeds/acorns, soil, growing pot, and simple step-by-step instructions. These kits were distributed to classes and community members. Over the past few months, we’ve been watching as these acorns grow up into beautiful saplings. Almost 200 acorns/seeds were distributed across…

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Growing Hamilton’s Urban Forest at CityHousing Hamilton Sites One Tree at a Time.

As spring is slowly coming to an end and summer is just around the corner, Green Venture is wrapping up its first CityHousing Hamilton (CHH) tree planting initiative. Last year, we started off this project by conducting tree inventories using the Neighborwoods© assessment across 20 CHH properties across Hamilton. We were able to assess almost…

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Gardening: Full Speed Ahead

It is through social events that gardeners begin to know each other, connect with their community, share knowledge and seeds.    On May 14th, 2022 Green Venture hosted our Spring Garden Festival and annual seedling sale and celebrated the community garden opening day. We were thrilled to have several local organizations, small businesses, and garden enthusiasts…

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Amir, Lukas, Tony and You.

Our Capacity is Growing We are gearing up for a busy season of home energy evaluations, and we’re excited to introduce our energy advisor trainees. Their role will consist of supporting homeowners that participate in the Greener Homes Grant & the Home Efficiency Rebate programs.  Our latest trainees bring together building science and home inspection…

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Recap: Hamilton Seedy Saturday 2022

  On February 5th and 12th Green Venture hosted Hamilton’s Seedy Saturday virtual presentations to hear from garden experts about garden planning, connecting with the land, creating pockets of nature, restoring Canada’s ecosystems, individual actions, and so much more. On February 19th and 26th, Hamilton gardeners from all over the city joined us for our…

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Green Venture’s Young Environmental Professionals

“We are all stewards of the earth, not owners. By participating in this program, I am helping improve my tiny corner of the earth and spread awareness to others.” Serena, Fall 2021 alum This past fall students from across Hamilton came together to participate in Green Venture’s Youth Stewardship and Professional Skills Program. Previously, students…

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Green Venture’s Year in Review, 2021

2021 was a year of growth and development at Green Venture. We saw our community rallying around local Climate Action in a myriad of ways.  Eco-Education Province-wide shutdowns, school closures and climate fears and eco-anxiety hit youth in our community hard. During this difficult time, we saw demand grow for environmental education programs that could…

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Giving Tuesday Program Insider: Week 3

Green Venture is a partner of Giving Tuesday, the international day of generosity happening on November 30, 2021.   Every Tuesday this month, we’ll be catching up with Green Venture staff to highlight some of our programs that would not be possible without the support of our donors and sponsors.    Today we’re catching up…

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Using the Miyawaki Method in Hamilton’s Reforestation Efforts

Across the globe, cities are experimenting with tiny forests or micro-forests as a way to connect people back to nature and to grow trees in dense urban areas. Traditional tree plantings that require a lot of space don’t always fit in cities, and urban tree planting has, up until recently, been dominated by non-native species.…

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Giving Tuesday Program Insider: Week 2

Giving Tuesday Program Insider: Week 2

Green Venture is a partner of Giving Tuesday, the international day of generosity happening on November 30, 2021.   Every Tuesday this month, we’ll be catching up with Green Venture staff to highlight some of our programs that would not be possible without the support of our donors and sponsors.    Today we’re catching up…

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Fall Into Energy Savings

As fall’s dazzling colours come and go, we know it’s time to prepare for shorter days and dropping temperatures. Below are some cost-free tips to help you worry less about your energy consumption at home and enjoy the beauty this season has to offer.  Your home’s thermostat: Sweater weather is here! Running your heating system…

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Giving Tuesday Program Insider: Week 1

November is here! With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday season around the corner, this month can often be a bit focused on consumption. Green Venture is a partner of Giving Tuesday, the international day of generosity happening on November 30, 2021.   What is Giving Tuesday? Created in 2012, GivingTuesday is simply a…

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Eco-Friendly Event Hosting

The holiday season is fast approaching, and many of us are eager to socialize. With Thanksgiving only days away, it looks like public health restrictions will allow us to have moderately-sized gatherings. Like everything we do, these gatherings have an environmental footprint associated with them. We would like to share with you our favourite tips…

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Tiny Forests are Emerging in Hamilton

The first Miyawaki Forests in Hamilton will be planted at Windermere Basin this October! A collaboration between CanPlant and Green Venture, and in partnership with the City of Hamilton’s Forestry section, the microforest will be planted based upon the innovative Miyawaki method of reforestation. Community members will be helping to plant trees on October 2,…

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Zero Waste Parties

Zero Waste (or Lower Waste) Parties for Kids   As things begin to open back up and many kids return to school, we may start seeing an increase in an event that has been a distant memory for many of us: children’s birthday parties with other people present. As much as our Kindergartener loved his…

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Grow a Row: Tomato Care and Seed Saving, part 2

As the tomato bounty roles in, there are dozens of potential future tomatoes tucked into each delicious fruit. Often tomato seeds are eaten or scooped out and composted when they could be saved for future growing seasons. This is an opportunity to save the varieties you love, practice food sovereignty and to save money on…

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How Urban Trees Support Our Lives

The decrease of green space due to urbanization has many negative impacts on our cities. This includes increases in air and noise pollution, floods from extreme storms, increases in temperatures caused by the urban heat island effect, and removal of biodiversity. Trees play an important role in our lives! It’s important that we increase awareness…

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Good Things Come in Trees!

3-30-300 Rule: Can you see three trees from your home? If the answer is no, there’s work to be done. Urban Forestry professor and researcher Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk recently put forward a guiding rule for cities and their urban forests called the 3-30-300 Rule. Every resident should have three trees in view of their home,…

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Sharing A Love for Native Plants

Adding native plants in our gardens, balconies, yards, and parks – even small patches – helps to build a more resilient, sustainable, and healthy Hamilton. Adding native plants helps pollinators thrive, supports biodiversity to expand, and helps make our city greener.  That’s why Green Venture is excited to announce our 2021 Plant Sale and Share.…

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Introducing the EcoHouse Community Orchard

Introducing the Ecohouse Community Orchard Over the last three months, Ecohouse has become home to three new fruit trees and two fruit shrubs which we received from the wonderful team at TreeMobile. This non-profit, volunteer run team is passionate about providing food security through plant ownership and supplying community members with their own climate appropriate…

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What You’ve Missed – Native Plant of Month Fundraiser

Update (August 16, 2021). Applications are open until September 20th, 2021 for the Youth Stewardship and Professional Skills Program. Apply today! Green Venture’s plant subscription box is almost half way through for 2021! We’ve delivered over 130 plants and 100+ local, sustainable goodies to our subscribers since May. This fundraiser has helped us raise funds…

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Visit A Repair Cafe

Do you have a broken household item? Don’t throw it away! Bring in your small electronics, basic wooden furniture, bicycles, clothes, and more, and our local community mendors and fixers will repair it for free! Find out more below.   When and where is the Repair Cafe? On July 17, 2023 from 4:00 PM to…

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Tree Terms - Urban Forests“Hamilton’s urban forest includes all of the publicly and privately owned trees and supporting vegetation in the urban area. The urban forest includes more than Hamilton’s natural areas. Individual trees and groups of trees along streets, in backyards, parks, and commercial areas in Hamilton’s urban boundary are also part of the urban forest.” City of Hamilton, Urban Forest Strategy

Green Venture Is Growing Its Canopy!

Canopy for Community In 2020, Green Venture launched the Canopy for Community program to support youth climate action and education to help grow Hamilton’s urban forest. The program provides class presentations and stewardship projects to local highschool classes and native tree growing kits for schools and residents. Working with the City of Hamilton Forestry Department,…

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Turning off the tap: Catch the RAIN Dundas comes to a close!

We’re finally wrapping up our 2-year (but who’s counting?) pilot program that supported green infrastructure projects at homes and in communities. This program was a success, helping us secure funding to continue our green infrastructure programming, and even expanding it to more parts of Hamilton! We’re extremely grateful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation…

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Grow A Row, Make An Impact

What is it? Green Venture is very excited to be running Grow a Row in Hamilton again this year. In joining us as a Grower, you are helping to fight food insecurity and increasing access to healthy, sustainable, and local food within the Hamilton community. Green Venture and Grow A Row Growers commit to growing…

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The Importance of Cycling Infrastructure in Hamilton

The Importance of Cycling Infrastructure in Hamilton As we Cycle in the City this Bike Month, we’re learning all about what it means to partake in active transportation. Whether you’re cycling for exercise, recreation, or to commute, cycling infrastructure plays an integral role in supporting safe, healthy, and green communities.  Active transportation infrastructure supports our…

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Nature Kids: A Year in the Life

It has certainly been an interesting year and a half for our Nature Kids program! Since we introduced our new after school, nature-based program, we’ve met in person, switched to online, welcomed virtual guests, and so much more. Nature Kids began as an in-person program way back in winter 2020, when we were able to…

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Cycling in the City with Green Venture!

It’s Bike Month in Hamilton, and we’re gearing up for a great month of cycling! From seasoned riders, to cycling commuters, to biking beginners, we invite all Hamiltonians to get out there and join in Cycling in the City with Green Venture. Did we mention that every ride counts as a chance to win some…

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Welcome Summer Students 2021!

We are gearing up for another great summer at Green Venture, and we’re excited to introduce the summer students for 2021 who will be supporting us along the way! Our team this year brings together a diverse set of academic backgrounds, interests in many areas of  environmentalism, and skillsets. The team is so excited to…

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All About Food Waste

In Ontario about 60% of our food waste is sent to landfills, even though we have over 90 municipal green bin programs in the province! This adds up to about 3.6 million tonnes of food waste per year. Not only is that incredibly wasteful, it also produces methane – a greenhouse gas that can hold…

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Everyone Has the Power to Change: All About Our New Remote High School Program

In 2020, Green Venture introduced an all-new, FREE, high school program. Available completely remotely, Power to Change educates students about the importance of environmental accountability and activism, while teaching them about Canada’s current climate change policies, and how they can be more sustainable in their own lives and communities.   So why should you register…

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Green Venture’s Year in Review

Dear friends, As we say goodbye to a very different year and welcome the light back and look forward to spring, I wanted to say thank you to all those who helped shore up our work and impact in 2020. I’m so proud of our team and thankful to our volunteers, community partners, and donors.…

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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Trees

Trees are vital, without them we lose essential functions for life on Earth. Urban forests help turn our cities green and transform water, nutrients and carbon dioxide into clean air, oxygen, shade and habitat.  Everyone is outside these days, taking long walks in the park or on hiking trails and creating new spaces in their…

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Bring on the snow melt!

Winter is coming, but we’re prepared for spring. The extension of warm summer weather into November (no matter how alarming it may be—see our blog on EcoAnxiety) has allowed us to get a few more green infrastructure projects in the ground before winter. These awesome rain gardens and rock swales will help absorb rain and…

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Invasive Species Call to Action

I spy with my little eye, something that does not belong! Taking a look at the photo above, at first glance it looks like a healthy, luscious natural space full of tall grasses and flowering plants. Unfortunately, there is more to the story here. If you take a closer look, you may notice it is…

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A How To Guide: Planting Ontario Native Seeds 

Choosing Ontario Native plants for your garden is highly beneficial for various reasons. Native plants tend to be generally well adapted to their environment, meaning it will require little maintenance once established. It is also beneficial to wildlife providing nutritionally appropriate food as well as shelter for our region’s wildlife. Native plants attract pollinators like…

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A How To Guide: Planting Ontario Native Seeds 

Choosing Ontario Native plants for your garden is highly beneficial for various reasons. Native plants tend to be generally well adapted to their environment, meaning it will require little maintenance once established. It is also beneficial to wildlife providing nutritionally appropriate food as well as shelter for our region’s wildlife. Native plants attract pollinators like…

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Exploring Ecoanxiety

The terms ecoanxiety or climate distress have been coming up a lot more lately, so we thought we’d delve in to the topic as part of our takeover week at EcoHamilton. Follow along here and on the EcoHamilton Collective’s Instagram account and have a read and watch some of these resources to learn more. Sara…

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A How To Guide: Planting Ontario Native Seeds 

Choosing Ontario Native plants for your garden is highly beneficial for various reasons. Native plants tend to be generally well adapted to their environment, meaning it will require little maintenance once established. It is also beneficial to wildlife providing nutritionally appropriate food as well as shelter for our region’s wildlife. Native plants attract pollinators like…

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Planting Trees, Grows Community!

In a joint effort to enhance Hamilton’s urban forest to improve community health, Green Venture and Trees for Hamilton are partnering to deliver Canopy for Community. This collaborative project will engage and educate youth and local residents in Wards 4 and 5 on the importance of urban forest and allow residents to gain hands-on knowledge…

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World Clean Up Day is Here!

We hope you’ll get out and enjoy some fresh air, while helping Hamilton have stay clean and beautiful! Here are some tips to stay safe! You should always wear gloves when picking litter, latex gloves or even gardening gloves offer protection from contaminants. Garbage pickers can be used to avoid even picking up garbage with…

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Grow A Row: A Summer Summary

In June of 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Green Venture launched the Backyard Garden Project. Inspired by the resilience, creativity, and innovation demonstrated by our community, the Backyard Garden Project’s goals were to foster the growing connections with nature and learning new skills being expressed by our community through making gardening as accessible…

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Hamilton Waste 101: Common Mistakes and the 5 R’s

Green Venture is committed to educating Hamiltonians about sustainable living  and reducing our city’s climate vulnerability. We have created this blogpost (and an exciting giveaway!) to cover some of the common mistakes made by residents when sorting their waste and highlight some potential solutions and strategies for improvement. While individual actions are not enough on…

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Summer RAIN Blog: Simple Stormwater Solutions

So far in this series, we’ve discussed the hydrologic cycle and wastewater management in Hamilton. We’ve learned the importance of preventing untreated wastewater and surface pollutants from reaching our waterways by maintaining the natural water cycle as much as possible. But what does that mean for the average homeowner? As the mandatory outdoor water use ban…

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Summer Staff 2020 Introduction

Green Venture is very excited to introduce our Summer Staff for 2020! You may have already seen some of the work put together by our new team members including social media and blog posts, website updates, and updates around EcoHouse. Our summer team brings together a diverse variety of skillsets, interests, and academic backgrounds. We…

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Summer RAIN Blog: The Hydrologic Cycle and You!

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of Green Venture’s ads for rain barrel sales, rain garden installations, and other Green Infrastructure initiatives (but if you haven’t, this is a great place to start). In this summer blog series, we’re going to take a brief journey into the processes that…

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EcoHouse at Home!

With the spread of COVID-19, everything is happening at home at these days! Working, playing, and learning are now all centered in our homes. Typically during March and April, Green Venture’s EcoHouse would be welcoming hundreds of students through its doors. Students would participate in games,activities and demonstrations, all in the hopes of inspiring action…

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Welcome Jacey!

  Hello everyone! My name is Jacey Aikens and I’m currently filling the role of Environmental Outreach Assistant here at Green Venture. I’ve been here for just over a month now and I am thrilled about the amazing opportunity to learn, grow and build my communication skills with this organization. I’m working here on a…

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2019 Year-End Review

By: Giuliana Casimirri, Green Venture Executive Director  Thanks to the support of amazing volunteers, funders, community partners and people like you, Green Venture has been able to engage 5700+ youth in environmental education in 2019 and more than 7000 residents in environmental action and events.   We’re proud of our new partnerships and programs. In 2019,…

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Seedy Saturday: Seed Swap Sorting Tips!

Seedy Saturday is in three short months – February 1st 2020! Here at Green Venture we are in the planning stages of this wonderful community event you all know and love. You can help too! Every year we get an overwhelming amount of seeds during the event that are need to be divided into smaller…

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Green Venture Volunteer Appreciation

On October 28th, Green Venture staff and volunteers came together to share a meal and celebrate the immense volunteer contributions of this past year. We enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner, with fabulous offerings from both staff and volunteers. Between April and October 2019, well over 800 hours of volunteer time were contributed! Our volunteers dedicated…

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Presenting: The Power to Change!

Climate change talk is everywhere! The city of Hamilton declared a climate emergency this past spring, and many Hamilton students have joined in climate strikes. Our “Power to Change” presentation links personal energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, to give students a broad picture of what climate change is, and what personal actions we can…

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Pledge: The Power to Change!

Reducing our personal energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions, can feel very difficult and overwhelming. As part of the “Power to Change” campaign, we have provided people of all ages with simple actions they can take to tackle climate change. These actions cover a range of lifestyle changes related to food, transportation, home heating, shopping…

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The Power to Change: en Français!

“Do you offer any school programs in French?” We have heard this question many times at the Green Venture Education Department. We are so excited to now offer the “Power to Change”  in-class activity kit for teachers, in the French language! Green Venture has had the privilege to host many students from french speaking classrooms,…

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Launching Power to Change!

Take Action on Energy Use & Climate ChangeIn Your School Learn & Take Action!In Your Home Keep Warm & Save Money!Our everyday actions are powered by energy. Energy is used to heat our homes, produce food and manufacture the goods we buy. Most sources of energy emit greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change. We…

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Stormwater in Hamilton

In recent years, Hamilton has experienced serious problems related to stormwater and runoff including environmental and water quality degradation, threats to human health and safety, and millions of dollars in property damage. Many homeowners have experienced flooding in their homes and/or on their properties. As our city grows, there are fewer natural areas to absorb…

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Meet our Summer Students!

You may have seen them around EcoHouse when you stopped by, but now that summer is about halfway over (sorry, we know, we know!), we thought it was time to get to know our wonderful summer students a bit more! Check out their bios below. Anna- Environmental Programs Assistant I’m doing my second year as…

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Spring Brings Change at Green Venture!

Announcing Green Venture’s new Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri! Green Venture is excited to announce the appointment of incoming Executive Director Giuliana Casimirri, effective April 15th! Giuliana brings over 15 years of experience in environmental outreach, research, and nonprofit management. For the past 5 years, Giuliana was Executive Director of Oakvillegreen and previously coordinator of urban…

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Depave Paradise: Dundas community transforming schoolyard into vibrant, green learning space

Yorkview Elementary School students, parents and members of the community, in partnership with Green Venture, removed 172m2 of old asphalt by hand on Saturday, September 29 as the first step in their schoolyard revitalization.  Local MPP Sandy Shaw and Anne Tennier, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, were on hand to see how a three-year,…

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Goodbye to our wonderful summer students!

The end of summer is a bittersweet time for the students here at Green Venture. On the one hand, we are all moving on to another year of interesting studies, but are sad to see the summer end. We’ve all had such an incredible time here at Green Venture. The opportunity to gain work experience…

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Creepy Crawlers came to Eco House!

Creepy crawlers came to Eco House for a visit during week two of camp with Safari Science. The campers did better better than me, I could barely be in the same room with some of the crawlers.  The campers however were brave and actually held them. We also had fun swimming at Sir Wilfred recreation’s…

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Welcome Guppy!

Hello everyone! I’m Victoria or as the campers will know me Guppy, I’m one of the newest Environmental Program assistants hired for the summer of 2018. When I first came to the Green Venture’s Eco House for the seedling sale in May, I had no idea I would have such an awesome opportunity to work…

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Introducing our EcoStars Summer Camp Counsellors

Introducing another of our 2018 EcoStars Summer Camp counsellors… “My name is Panda. As a current Environmental Sciences student at McMaster University I could not be more excited to be working at Green Venture this summer!  I have had previous experience in environmental education for people of all ages and I am thrilled be able…

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The Lightning Bike & Green Venture

Green Venture is all about living sustainably, and exploring ways each of us can avoid making our mark – on the environment that is. From healthy soil, fresh air, to clean drinking water, what can we do, and what we can consider, when it comes to all the choices we make in our daily lives.…

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Update from the EcoHouse living roof project

Our EcoHouse living roof project is getting a bit of a fix this summer. 2015 – living roof modules In 2015 we installed the green roof modules on part of the pergola, but due to weight considerations, we opted instead not to add more modules. Instead, we tried our hand at growing some creeper vines.…

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Native Pollinator Friendly Plants 

The Golden Horseshoe area is home to numerous orchards, farms, and vineyards, and all of these depend on pollinators. The Government of Ontario estimates that 13% of its annual crop revenues, or $978 million dollars, can be directly attributed to pollinators. The majority of pollination is done by commercially raised bees; these insects are not…

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Welcome Moira!

My name is Moira and I am one of the new staff members here at EcoHouse!! I am currently working as an education support staff member, and I am the coordinator for our Annual Fundraiser Uproot!  While I am new with Green Venture, I am no stranger to education.  I studied at the University of…

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Welcome Jamie!

Green Venture welcomes our newest Education Program Support team member, Jamie MacLean… “I’ve had my eyes on Green Venture for quite some time, and I am thrilled to be working with education programs. I studied Environmental Sciences and Biology at Trent University and have since been involved in outdoor education and sustainable farm /garden practices. Working…

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Welcome Back Heather!

After working For the City of Hamilton for ten years helping engage our community and City staff in making Hamilton a little greener and more sustainable I have taken early retirement and now have the opportunity to get involved with Green Venture again. It feels like coming home! I was Executive Director of Green Venture…

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Heading for clothing swap, October 20, 2023 from 4-7pm

It’s here! This fall on October 20, 2023 from 4pm – 7pm, join Green Venture and your local #HamOnt community and #shoptheswap! We will have tons of FREE clothing for you to choose from at EcoHouse, 22 Veevers Drive. There will also be local booths, and guest speakers presenting early in the event.

Participation is on a pay what you can basis with a suggested donation of $5.

If you have clothing to donate it can be dropped off at EcoHouse in the bin on the red porch from October 9 – 18. If your donation is larger (more than one large garbage bag) please email akira.ourique@greenventure.ca to arrange a drop off time. Donating clothing is completely optional, you do NOT need to donate clothing in order to come to the swap!

If you’re in need of new clothes, want to swap your Halloween costume, or just want an eco-friendly way to change up your wardrobe come by the swap on October 20th! Sign up here.