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25 October, 2012

Brought to you by MACgreen

Green at a Glance SUNDAY (4 Novemer)

6 November

8 November

McMaster Forest Hike with Graduate Students Association! Join MACgreen at the MacPride March and Rally!

Alanna Mitchell Talks about her book “Sea Sick”

Hello everybody, everyone here at MACgreen hopes you had a wonderful Halloween! Check out this week’s newsletter to see some new cool features and events! Thank you to everybody who came out for the Threadwork Clothing Swap! We hope you’re diggin’ your new clothes!

P.S…… 8 November

“Party Smart” Information Session (SCSN)

- Happy Movember! Start growing them mo’s, boys! - Remember that Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday! Don’t show up to your classes late! - Come out to the MacPride March and Rally on Tuesday November 6!

Questions? Want to Volunteer? Or tell us you love us? Contact MACgreen at:

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Here is where you can get the lowdown on all of our cool campus events, including events from MOC, MAC Farm Stand, the Office of Sustainability, and many more! McMaster Forest Hike What:


4 November (12-

4pm) Where:

Meet in front of the Psychology Building Join MACgreen and the Graduate Students Association for a hike in beautiful McMaster Forest. We will be meeting infront of the Psychology Building at 12:30, and biking down. The location is also accessible by bus and car. For directions, email us at

What: Alanna


“Party Smart” Information Fair

What: MACpride March + Rally When: 6 November(2pm) Where: Meet in front of Commons


8 November (Time)


MUSC atrium

“Join us for our annual MacPride March, where we'll be walking from Commons, through campus, and ending up in front of MUSC for a rally! All are welcome, including all campus groups who would like to represent themselves. Feel free to dress in any Pride attire (a repsuit even, if you have one!), signs and flags are welcome!’

Come on down to the Party Smart information fair, a part of Party Smart Week hosted by SCSN! Stop by the MACgreen table to receive information on local breweries, wineries, and how to party with less impact!

Brought to you by Student Community Support Network

Mitchell at McMaster

When: 8 November (7:30pm) Where: Health Science Center 1A1 (see poster)

Author of "Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis" and environmentalist, Alanna Mitchell will discuss the state of our most precious resource and the action that will be required to save it.


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More Events for You! This is the place to find out about Hamilton-wide events. Updates and events from Environment Hamilton, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Bay Area Restoration Council, and many more!

“Help us Stop Trashing our Planet” Movie Night What:


2 November (7pm)


Dundas Valley Day


3 November (12pm-


4pm) Meet in front of Mills Library Where:


St James Anglican Church, 171 Melville St., Dundas, Enter via rear door to Dundas Room Church Hall

Movie night hosted by Dundas in Transition Showing movies The Story of Stuff and the Story of Change and take part in a discussion about how to change in the local community. Free admission.

“Come join us for a day hike as we explore Dundas valley. We will hike down the rail trail and then take the main loop around Dundas valley. We will stop by the hermitage (the ruins of an old mansion) and then hike down the Bruce trail, The hike will take 4-5 hours and is very flexible, depending on how people are feeling we can make it longer or shorter! So it’s great for beginners or anyone wanting to check out more of Hamilton’s natural beauty.”

Invasive Species Removal with RBG What:


10 November


Nature Interpretive Centre, RBG Arboretum, Hamilton, 16 Old Guelph Rd

Volunteer with RBG – help protect the important interior forest ecosystems by extracting and destroying non-native invasive plants. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Please wear closed toed shoes, bring a portable lunch and water bottle. Water and snacks will be provided.

Bring student card or change for bus ride + water and a snack for the hike

Brought to you by Dundas in Transition

Brought to you by MOC


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Green Business

The Story of Stuff This documentary reveals the real path that our consumer goods take. Want to know where the majority of your belongings will end up? Where they came from? How they’re putting ecosystems in jeopardy? Then watch on, friend.

The Mustard Seed Co-op Still a co-operative in development, The Mustard Seed hopes to open their doors at a downtown storefront location in spring 2013. Watch out for the establishment of this great store! “We are a growing group from Hamilton, Ontario, who have a passion for food and a strong desire to see essential food needs met in our downtown community. We envision The Mustard Seed becoming a beautiful place to shop, a place that promotes food access, connection between local producers and consumers, and a vibrant sense of community.”

Sustainability Tips Read on for tips on how to do your part in mitigating waste! Pumpkin Disposal Remember to compost your pumpkins! Composting (as opposed to throwing them in the garbage) prevents your pumpkin from sitting in a landfill until next Halloween! Thank you for doing your part.

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Reusable Bottles One very important and very easy way to help the planet is to simply buy a reusable water bottle! You (yes you) can save a lot of money, and a lot of plastic from entering landfills and waterways.

Volunteer Opportunities: Environment


Environment Hamilton [EH] is always looking for volunteers for numerous projects and groups. Don’t hesitate to contact them!

Did You Know?


Volunteer for MACgreen by helping us set up for events, write Greenvine articles, and many more things! Good times guaranteed.

Questions? Shoot an email to: Visit:

“One litre of still bottled water creates 165 g of greenhouse gas, whereas fizzy drinks produce 3x more, and juices 8x!” (Jones, 2011)


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Local Partners Shore up Randle Reef Dollars

Union Market is now selling MACgreen's Used But Not Bruised notebooks! Pick yours up today for only $1! The Used But Not Bruised notebook campaign is a project coordinated by MACgreen volunteers. Interested in volunteering for the program? Shoot us an email:

The City of Hamilton, alongside many business stakeholders have agreed to contribute over $46 million to help clean up Randle Reef, an important ecosystem which has been extremely polluted from the steel plants of Hamilton Harbour. This is good news for the shallow reef area and its inhabitants –a signal of finally positive change and the beginning of a much-needed cleansing.

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Noxious bacteria and debris found in Hamilton creek UH OH! Household waste, including toxic solvents and cleaning agents are showing up in East End Hamilton creeks and sewage outflow pipes. Tests are currently being one on samples of water from Redhill Creek to determine just how many contaminants are present in the waterways. Officials are calling for heavier regulations and more stringent monitoring of these important outflow pipes.

Dish It Out! A program designed to help make events waste free. The program can benefit YOU in two ways: 1. Environmental 2. Economic This program only accrues a small fee for dishwashing costs. We have a large selection of dishes and cutlery that can be rented out for anything from large events to small meetings.

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MacGreen Greenvine  

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