On Giving Tuesday, we would like to take a moment to be thankful for what we have received. The City of Hamilton’s City Enrichment Fund generously provided us funds to run expanded energy education programs in 2019. We had a great time engaging with both homeowners and students around the idea of energy conservation and climate change.
Homeowners were given the chance to learn, and ask questions, about the home energy auditing process. This one on one opportunity allowed homeowners to consider if the program was a good fit for them, and how they could get started. They also learned ways to save energy at home, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions! One of Green Venture’s Energy Auditors, Jordan Fysh, engaged with homeowners at the Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Health and Safety Expo, as well as during a workshop held at EcoHouse.
City Enrichment Funds allowed us to develop a new energy presentation, “Power to Change”, which was delivered at no cost to 5 Hamilton classrooms this Fall. Students at Tapleytown, Mount Hope and Bennetto learned about the energy that goes into producing goods and food, as well as home heating and transportation. Students were challenged to choose one action to take to reduce their energy use and their greenhouse gas emissions. Check out the following chart to see what actions these students chose:
An in-class activity for teachers was translated into French, allowing French speaking schools in Hamilton to access environmental learning in the French language. A big thanks to the teachers at ÉÉC Monseigneur-de-Laval for testing the activity kit for us!
We look forward to continuing to offer Home Energy Audits, and the “Power to Change” school presentation. It will be exciting to see people of all ages in Hamilton working to lower their energy use and their greenhouse gas emissions!