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29 November, 2012

Brought to you by MACgreen

Green at a Glance Ongoing

29 November 1 December 2 December

Exam Relief Yoga

FREE Coffee House Hosted by MACgreen and SHEC Boardwalk Construction [Buy a Board, Buy a Boardwalk] Niagara Escarpment Hike

- Stressed from exams? Take a break and enjoy some exam relief yoga. Only $5 a class! - Don’t forget to buy your Boardwalk Board! Hello everybody! We hope your week has been going great! This will be the last Greenvine issue until second semester. Thank you to everybody who has been reading the Greenvine this semester, you are AWESOME! Good luck on exams! P.S…………………. Make sure to come our to MACgreen and SHEC’s FREE coffee house tonight at 8! It will be held in the MSU Clubspace on floor 3 of MUSC.

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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! What: Free

Coffee House Brought to you by MACgreen and SHEC When: 29

November (8pm-

10pm) Where: MSU

OPIRG McMaster Open House What:


30 November (11am-4pm) Where:


MACgreen and the Student Health Education Center are hosting a FREE coffeehouse on Thursday November 29th, 8-11PM in MUSC Clubspace! Acoustic performances and Free fairtrade coffee, tea, and snacks.

MUSC 229

You are invited to OPIRG McMaster’s Annual Open House event! Come enjoy some good food and good folks! **For every visitor, OPIRG will donate a toonie to Project Harvest Guatemala.**


“Buy a Board, Buy a Boardwalk!”


Building day is 1 December

Buy a personalized boardwalk board for only $10! The new boardwalk will be an extension of the original, in order to preserve the foliage and provide a safer, more enjoyable hike along the Caleb’s Walk Trail. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: building day on December 1st, 2012.



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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!

Niagara Escarpment Hikes


Exam Relief Yoga




9 different classes over 2 weeks Where:


Need some stress relief during the final exam period? Is the holiday rush getting to you? It's time to relax your mind and body and feel refreshed! These yoga classes for all levels will help you do just that. Pick the ones you like, or do them all and get a discount.

$5 a class

Click Here For a schedule of classes

2 December (2pm-3pm)


Waterfront Trust Discovery Centre, 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton “A long-time hiker, amateur geologist, and Executive Director at the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Beth Kümmling has explored the length and breadth of the Niagara Escarpment. Beth will give a visual display of some of her favourite hikes on




weaving in stories of the Bruce Trails sometimes colourful past, its unique geology and ecology, and the recent achievements in preservation of the Niagara




Duncan Memorial Lecture series is sponsored by the Giant’s Rib, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and protection of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve.”


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Unearthed: The Fracking Façade A video exposing a flawed claim often abused in the sales pitch for promoting shale gas development across the world: “With a history of 60 years, after nearly a million wells drilled, there are no documented cases that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has lead to the contamination of groundwater.”

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Green Business Fenugreen (Freshpaper) “FreshPaper was developed by a young inventor who happened upon the active ingredients after accidentally drinking some tap water while visiting her grandmother in India. Her grandmother gave her a home remedy - a mixture of edible organic spices, which kept her from getting sick”

Sustainability Tips Read on for tips on how to do your part in mitigating waste! Recycle Creating healthy recycling habits will ensure reductions in waste. Remember to always recycle/ compost your waste (if possible). The goal is to reduce your garbage output by transitioning it into recycling! See the last page for a comprehensive breakdown on how to recycle! (You can zoom in).

Did You Know?

Volunteer Opportunities:

- It takes 2400 litres of water to make one hamburger.

MACgreen Hello all! We’re looking for some volunteers to put together some Used But Not Bruised Notebooks! You will help our team put together notebooks one night a week. Snacks provided!

Reusable Bottles

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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.


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Stop Drawing the Earth’s Resources 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:

Mike Nickerson [Life, Money and Illusion] wrote an article for the Silhouette, addressing humanity’s need for more sustainable management in every day life: “The

biggest news on planet Earth today is that the human family has grown to fill its habitat. While this situation effects every issue from economic stagnation to climate change, it is actually good news. Realizing that we are now mature as a species clarifies the task of adapting to our mature state by creating a culture that acknowledges and works within planetary limits.”

Thank you to Mike Nickerson, for writing this article, as well as coming to the Buy Nothing, Eat Nothing rally last week!

Read the full article HERE

“High Level of Plastics found in Great Lakes” 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.

Recent samples of Lakes Erie, Huron, and Superior have revealed a startling amount of harmful “microplastics”; super tiny particles resulting from the breakdown of household and industrial plastics: “Plastic pollution is a well-documented problem in oceans. But nobody had ever published research on the freshwater lakes…”

These plastics often contain volatile compounds, which are detrimental to human health, such as PCBs, DDE, and Bisphenol-A.

Read the full article HERE



29 November

MACgreen's Greenvine  

The Greenvine is the newsletter of the MSU's sustainability service, MACgreen.