Green Venture was started in 1994 as a creation of the former Region of Hamilton-Wentworth. Originally designed as an umbrella group connecting small environmental organizations of the day, Green Venture became the Region’s, and later the City of Hamilton’s, lead agency to promote sustainable living ideas. Green Venture helped pioneer the use of Blue Boxes, Green Carts, rain barrels, and Energy Auditing in the Hamilton area in the 1990s and 2000s. Shifting from facilities in first Jackson Square, and later the old Federal Building, Green Venture broadened the awareness of the citizens of Hamilton about climate change and other issues.
After 2003, the organization, now known just as “Green Venture” following the amalgamation of the former municipalities of the region into the new City of Hamilton, secured the use of the Glen Manor property in the city’s east end.
This 1850s stone building was transformed into the EcoHouse and now serves as the organization’s offices and as a demonstration site for various green initiatives. A prototype community garden was established at the current EcoHouse in 2005-6 as a test run for developing community gardens across the city. Similarly, the organization led the way in new energy generation initiatives like the Ontario MicroFIT program in 2011.