Current Projects

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Summer of 2013, OPIRG McMaster initiates a street tree pilot project in Hamilton's Keith Neighbourhood in Ward 3, designed by Randy Kay, OPIRG's Coordinator of Volunteers.

The goal of the project was to increase the urban forest canopy in an area lacking trees plus facing a measurable air pollution problem. 

The method was to go door to door and sign residents up for a free City of Hamilton provided street tree for the front of their homes. 

Volunteers going door to door in Crown Point, 2014

Churchill Park Community Garden

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The Churchill Park Community Garden is a rental garden plot facility in the Westdale District, Hamilton, and Ontario. The property is located in West Hamilton at the north end of Dalewood Cres., nestled in Churchill Park near a ravine that leads to Cootes Paradise, and shares its land with Hamilton’s Aviary. This year Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) McMaster will be coordinating the approximately 75-plot community garden area.

Recycle Cycles

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Hamilton's first volunteer-run, community-based bicycle repair workshop started with a proposal to the OPIRG Board of Directors in 1997. The need to have bicycle maintenance and repair skills available to Mac cyclists and community members led to the creation of RECYCLE CYCLES, first as a volunteer working group, now as a self sustaining entity. OPIRG McMaster helped purchase tools and equipment, and initial rent in a church basement (Erskine Presbyterian, 19 Pearl Street North) - RECYCLE CYCLES is still going strong, Saturday mornings 9am to 12 noon, and Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm.

Original Recycle Cycles Hamilton Logo designed by Judd Carriere

Alternative Welcome Week

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OPIRG had our first "AltWW" in the fall of 2010, made possible by a YMCA Youth Grant to hire a AltWW coordinator. Alternative Welcome Week has become part of the yearly cycle at OPIRG McMaster, offering free events to introduce students and the McMaster community to the dynamic social justice, environmental and arts scene in Hamilton!

Past Projects

OPIRG Native Species Garden

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A teaching garden in the Arts Quad courtyard (Now 1280's patio) featuring low maintenance native species of plants including flowers and shrubs and information signage to educate about the benefits of using native species.

two young children explore OPIRG's native species garden at McMaster

Terrace Garden Green Roof

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OPIRG was offered an opportunity to grow: plants on the 3rd floor terrace of the Student Centre. A team of volunteers from various working groups, board of directors, Engineers Without Borders, teamed up to green the Terrace. This grew into plans for a Green Roof project.

Battery Recycling Organization

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THe Battery Recycling program at McMaster grew out of the work done by OPIRG's Battery Recycling Organization Working Group started by Engineering Student Jennifer Li and Zdravko Simko.

By working collaboratively with the university, a campus wide policy that expanded the ability of the university community to ensure safe and environmentally sound battery recycling was established in October 2008.

MacBRO battery recycling table display

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