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February Newsletter 2013 – Happy Valentine’s & More!






Idea for an eco-friendly Valentine’s day, updates on World Water Day Festival and more!

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FEBRUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER

Wishing you an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day!

Everybody needs a little love this time of year- especially the environment! That’s why we are in the midst of planning our big water appreciation event coming up on March 23rd – World Water Day Festival & Walk. See below for more details!

Not sure how Valentine’s Day could be eco-friendly? No sweat! We’ve put some links below to give you an idea on how to make your Valentine’s a little more eco-friendly!

Read about how to choose eco-friendly Valentine’s day flowers in this great article from Mother Nature Network

Or check out this post from the Biofriendly Blog on 10 tips for an eco-friendly valentines

And here are some environment-oriented Valentine’s gift ideas from Hugginton Post.

A rain barrel from our Rain Barrel Sale & Fundraiser could also make a great gift for V-day!

World Water Day Festival & Walk

It’s that time of year again to celebrate water and everything it gives us: snow, rain, hail, lakes for swimming in, rivers for canoeing on, pools for playing in, and an essential resource we can’t live without. On Saturday, March 23rd Greening Nipissing, in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and local business, LiquidTech, is proud to announce the 2nd Annual World Water Day Festival taking place from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at St. Andrews United Church, 399 Cassells St. North Bay, ON.

As a kick off to the festival, from 10:30am-11:30am, there will be a guided water walk along the new Chippewa Creek EcoPath. Walk participants should meet at Memorial Gardens’ south parking lot at 10 am.

The festival includes free water film screenings, workshops and vendors for all ages. At 1:00pm there will be a “Water Sports Clinic” workshop by Lefebvres Source for Adventure. Films being shown include “Sea Turtle”, “The Water Brothers: The Big Thaw”, and “Polar Explorer”. At 2:00pm there will be a speaker series, starting off with a proclamation by Mayor Al Macdonald, followed by water talks from Dan Walters, Associate Professor of Geology at Nipissing University, and Brennain Lloyd, director of NorthWatch.

Come join us for this free, family fun event to celebrate and get to know more about our fundamental resource, water.

For more information in general or to register as a vendor visit www.greeningnipissing.org/events or contact Greening Nipissing at 705 472 0200 ext 2, chaylene@greeningnipissing.org .

Vendor Registration Forms can be found here: http://www.greeningnipissing.org/wp-content/uploads/Festival-Registration-Form.docx

World Water Day Festival Schedule:

10:00am       Meet at Memorial Gardens south parking lot for guided   Water Walk along the Chippewa Eco-Path
10:30am       Walk begins
11:30am       Walk ends and media are allowed to interview
12:00pm       World Water Day Festival begins at St. Andrews United Church, 399 Cassells St, North Bay, ON
12:30pm      Move Screening #1:Sea Turtle
1:00pm        Workshop: ”Water Sports Clinic” by Lefebvres Source for Adventure
1:30pm        Movie Screening #2:The Water Brothers: “The Big Thaw”
2:00pm        Mayor Proclamation
                   Speaker: Dan Walters – Professor of Geography at Nipissing University
                   Speaker: Brennain Lloyd – Director of Northwatch
3:15pm        Movie Screening #3: Polar Explorer
4:00pm       Festival ends/vendor take down

North Bay Community Garden Coalition, for which Greening Nipissing is a member organization of, is excited to launch their new website and Facebook page.  The purpose of the coalition is to promote and  increase the establishment of community gardens in North Bay through partnerships, networking and education. Check them out today. to learn more and about ways you can get involved in your local community gardening community.

We are having our annual Rain Barrel Sale & Fundraiser on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at 1350 Fisher St. Rain Barrels are $65 each and must be purchased beforehand as there will be a minimal supply of barrels on the day of to buy. For every barrel bought, Greening Nipissing receives $20. Buy a rain barrel today today and support your local environemntal charity. Feel free to get some more information at our Facebook event.

We’re excited to be attending the Seed Exchange & Eco-Fair again this year on Saturday, February 23rd from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at St. Andrews United Church. The purpose of this event is to promote local food resiliency with the exchange of locally grown seeds and to promote awareness of local and global environmental issues as well as to provide the public with opportunities to get actively involved by volunteering with environmental groups. See here for more details.

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Dorothy Walford Memorial Award Ceremony 2012

On Thursday November 29th we attended the NBMCA’s environmental award ceremony as proud recipients of the Dorothy Walford Memorial Award 2012 for our environmental work.

10 Year Anniversary Dinner

On Nov 28th 2012, with over 100 people we celebrated 10 years of success! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all those who attended and to all of our silent auction donees. It was a joy to to get to spend more personal time with our membership and receive ideas from our community on what they’d like Greening Nipissing to do in the coming future.

Happy Holidays!

See our holiday newsletter here.

October 2012 Newsletter








Invitation to a community gardening visioning session – updates on our 10 Year Anniversary Dinner Fundraiser – and our first ever Eco-Film Festival!
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T-shirt Fundraiser

Now you can show your support for Greening Nipissing and your community by purchasing some new Greening Nipissing swag! Choose between our 4 new styles of t-shirts at various sizes. T-Shirts are $20 a piece, which is a steal for something this awesome! To purchase a shirt, email Chaylene at chaylene@greeningnipissing.com or call 705-472-0200 ext 2.

Oct & Nov Events at a glance

North Bay Community Gardening Visioning Session  Tues, Oct 16th 1pm – 4pm – Davedi Club, 313 Airport Road, North Bay – RSVP required – space limited

Water Treatment Plant Tour – Thurs, Oct 25th 9:30am-11:30am – 248 Lakeside Drive, North Bay – RSVP required – space limited

Eco-Film Festival – Friday, Nov 16th & Sat, Nov 17th – Nipissing University Theater – 100 College Drive, North Bay

10 Year Anniversary Dinner & Silent Auction – Weds, Nov 28 – 6pm – 10pm – Davedi Club, 313 Airport Road, North Bay – Tickets $10/seniors & studnets $15/adults

Invitation to North Bay Community Gardening Visioning Session

You are cordially invited to the North Bay Community Garden Committee’s Community Gardening Visioning Session. The North Bay Community Garden Committee is comprised of local organizations collectively interested in developing a sustainable culture of community gardening in North Bay. We want your input and partnership in making this goal a reality. If you're interested in community gardening in any way, we want you here to share in the vision making and creating.

Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: The Davedi Club, 313 Airport Road, North Bay, ON

RSVP/register online here by October 12th OR by e-mailing chaylene@greeningnipissing.org or by calling 705 472 0200 ext

Limited Space. First come, first serve. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided! Bringing together community partners engaged in creating community gardens in North Bay

10 Year Anniversary Dinner Fundraiser

Greening Nipissing is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and wants to invite you to join us! Put on your best green outfit and join us for a celebration that includes dinner, music a silent auction, and a world cafe for you to share ideas about how North Bay can be more green – as well as a room filled with other greenies to chat with! Your participation in this event means our programs keep running. Tickets must be bought beforehand. Contact us at chaylene@greeningnipissing.org, phone 705 472 0200 ext 2 or drop in at our office 183 First St. West, North Bay (Masonic building).Get your tickets today!

$10/student, seniors, children and those who've donated to silent auction

$15/adult

We have 10 years of success in providing education on environmental practices to the community – our projects over the years have included Eco-Driver, Green Home Energy Audits, Refrigerator rebate, RAIN Stormwater runoff reduction program, rain barrel sales, rain garden workshops, Well Aware, educational water walks and tours – the list goes on

Fore more information, visit our website.

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Tour

Thurs, Oct 25th 9:30-11:30am: FREE – 248 Lakeside Drive – Ever wondered where your delicious drinking water comes from? Well now you’ve got the chance to find out! Join us for a tour of North Bay’s Water Treatment Plant on the shores of Trout Lake. We’ll do a short presentation on how stormwater runoff affects our drinking water and then go on a detailed tour of the plant. Space is limited and you must reserve your spot ahead of time on our website.

Eco-Film Festival

Fri, Nov 15th & Sat, Nov 17th @ Nipissing University Theater - 100 College Drive – Fri 6:30pm = mixer galla, 7:00pm – film TBA – Sat Nov 17th = ALL MOVIES FREE- 12:00pm = Blue Gold – World Water Wars, 3:00pm = Addicted to Plastic, 7:00pm – Gasland. Refreshments, information tables and possibly a talk available. Tickets for Friday night cost: $5/students, $10 adults and funds go to the Bike Fix Station Project to purchase another stand to donate to the city of North Bay for public use. See our website for more information

Bike Fix Station Opening was a big success!

Last THursday, Sept 27 we held the official opening of the Bike Fix Station. See some great photos here. We had reps from all of our projects, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, Nipissing Environment Watch, and the City of North Bay say a few words and then we had a free demonstration on how to use the stand from Kevin at Cycleworks. We want to see you using the stand – next time you use it, take a pic and send it our way.

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Bike Fix Station Opening Ceremony Sept 27th, 2012

The Bike Fix Station is located at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Stanley St; where the Kinsmen bike path and the Kate Pace Way meet in Lee Park.

The Bike Fix Station Public Work Stand is a free to use bike repair stand that caters to the needs of the urban cyclist. Aircraft cable permanently tethers eight common bicycle tools. Its composed of a work station, hand air pump and a QR code to online instructions.

Additionally, the Bike Fix Station Public Work Stand is an element of the soon to be launched Chippewa EcoPath, a community initiative to restore and enhance natural values and heritage of the creek through stewardship and education. The EcoPath, funded by RBC Bluewater Project will highlight the history, ecosystem and stewardship of the creek through interpra-desks, website and kiosks.

Biking is a great way to exercise while helping the environment.You will reduce your carbon emissions and prevent run off and water contamination from gas and oil drops or spills.

Mountain Equipment Cooperative’s Access and Activity Grant 2012 graciously supported this project with funds to purchase the Bike Fix Sation Public Work Stand.

Greening Nipissing would like to thank all of their partners including Greenspace North Bay,Nipissing Environment Watch, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority, Chippewa EcoPath Steering Committee, and City of North Bay Parks and Recreation Department for their support of this project

Water Treatment Plant Tour – Thurs Oct 25 9:30am

Ever wondered where your delicious drinking water comes from? Well now you’ve got the chance to find out!

Join us for a tour of North Bay’s Water Treatment Plant on the shores of Trout Lake. We’ll do a short presentation on how stormwater runoff affects our drinking water and then go on a detailed tour of the plant.

Space is limited so reserve your spot ahead of time online at:

http://www.greeningnipissing.org/events/69/water-treatment-plant-tour/

T-shirt Fundraiser

These hot new GN T-shirts are on sale for $20 as a fundraiser for our projects!

We’ve got lots of different logos and sizes. Contact us today to order your T-shirt! They make great gifts for every occasion and let’s face it, Christmas is coming :)

Greening Nipissing Receives $5000 RBC Bluewater Grant

Greening Nipissing is a proud recipient of RBC’s Bluewater Grant of $5000 for our 2013 stormwater reduction initiatives – Thank you RBC!!

Bike Fix Station Opening Ceremony & Workshop

5:00pm – Speeches – Opening regards
5:30pm – FREE Workshop on how to use the stations by Kevin from Cycleworks

In August 2012 Greening Nipissing installed North Bay’s first ever Bike Fix Station – equipped with a bike stand and 8 common bike tools, as well as a FREE to use bike pump, you can fix your common bike problems whilst on the Kate Pace Way!

The opening ceremony will begin at 5 with an array of speakers. At 5:30 we’ll have Kevin from Cycleworks doing a free workshop for the public on how to use the stand. People should meet at the bike fix station unit located at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Stanley St; where the Kinsmen bike path and the Kate Pace Way meet in Lee Park. Come on out and learn about this awesome new addition to North Bay’s cycling experience.

Why bike and use the bike fix stations? Biking is a great way to exercise while helping the environment. Simply taking your bike instead of driving places will reduce your carbon emissions and prevent run off and water contamination from gas and oil drops or spills. Biking will also improve your health and well-being!