Upcoming Events

Tour de Fun II

Sustainability. Transportation. Exercise. Conversation. On Saturday, October 3, the Climate Cafés Collective will return from its summer hiatus to lead green-minded, healthy-living people from the Vancouver Community on the Tour de Fun. So, what is a Tour de Fun and what does it have to do with Climate Cafés? Typically, Climate Caférs invites people to meet in, well, cafés around the Vancouver area. But, on October 3, we will be taking our ideas to the streets - on bikes!

The goal is to have a fun day, riding together on safe bike routes, while checking out some of the sustainable offerings at the University of British Columbia, community gardens, the LEED certified buildings of the Olympic Village, and a final stop at Crab Park in the Strathcona Neighbourhood. We will also break for some feasting on some yummy treats.

The route will take us from UBC (rally on the Grassy Knoll in front of the south side of the UBC student union building) to Crab Park in Strathcona – and will include stops at the UBC Farm, Granville Island and the Olympic Village. The ride is about building community as much as it is about catching up and telling stories about what people have been up to over the summer. Guest speakkers will also take us through the social, economic, social, and environmental importance of all our stops. It starts at 11 AM so please be at the rally point with helmet, water bottle and fun loving vibe no later than 10:45. Food for sharing is happily encouraged.

Please to let us know you will be joining Climate Caférs on the Tour de Fun.

What: Tour de Fun - the most fun bike rally in recent memory
Who: You, me and the rest of the Climate Café team
When: Saturday, October 3, 2009, leg 1 - 10:45-1:30, leg 2 - 1:30-3:00
Where: Starting at the SE side of the knoll looking at the UBC Student Union Building on the UBC Campus, finishing in Crab Park. Please check out the bike route and timelines here!
Why: Because there’s no better way to love the environment than cycling
How Much: Not a penny
 

Please check back for more upcoming events.

Other Upcoming Ideas

November

Ethical Purchases (TBA)

December

Keeping the Holidays Sustainable (TBA)

Future Ideas

Sustainability in the Arts (set to be taking place in the great outdoors)

Past Events (2009)

Green Sex

If you think “Green Sex” means making love in (or to) Mother Earth, then you might want to check out the first Climate Café of 2009. On March 18, from 6-7:30pm at Pane Vero Café & Bakery, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a conversation about what it means to have green sex.

Carolyn Stewart is the Associate Director of Health Promotion at Simon Fraser University and has her Masters degree in Human Sexuality. She is currently finishing up a practicum in Sex Therapy and is the Vice President on the Board of Directors for Options for Sexual Health. Jessica Peart is passionate about sustainable living and about her work as the Co-Manager of Executive Services of Options for Sexual Health, Canada’s largest sexual health services provider. Together, these Sexperts will discuss sex in a variety of ways; from the academic to the erotic. Whether it’s global sexual health, environmentally friendly lubes and toys, or sexy green tips to try with your partner, this Climate Café will make you think, smile, and maybe even blush. So, join the Climate Cafés team for a can’t miss informative and sexy romp. We’ll see you there!

Date: Wednesday, March 18th, 5:45 to grab some java and a snack, 6pm kickoff
Location: Pane Vero Café and Bakery (952 Commercial Drive)

Past Events (2008)

Building Better - Better Buildings

Have you ever thought of building a kitchen countertop with recycled paper? How about putting clay on your wall instead of paint? What, exactly, is ecotimber?

Dan Chalmers of GreenWorks Building Supply Inc. will be our guest on October 21st for our Green Building Climate Café. He will be sharing his knowledge and experience in a number of environmentally friendly building supplies and practices that can be used both for starting a new home and renovating an existing one. If you're thinking of taking the plunge into the world of green building, or are simply curious about this newly emerging industry, join us and discover what sustainable building is all about.

Come and join us at:
Date: Tuesday, October 21st, 6:45 to grab some java and a snack, 7pm kickoff
Laughing Bean Coffee Co.
2695 Hastings Street East

Vancouver, BC

Tuesday September 16 - Green Education

What is the thing you can do - the thing above all other things - to combat climate change? Many experts and sustainability practitioners argue that the answer is education. Whether teaching friends, family or colleagues about best practices for reducing our carbon footprint or creating "green" curriculum for a university course, education is consistently seen as a powerful vehicle in the battle against climate change.

On Tuesday, September 16 from 7-9pm, join David B. Zandvliet and the Climate Cafés crew at Benny's Bagels in Kits for a discussion of Green Education. Dr. Zandvliet's career interests lie in the areas of science, technology and environmental education. As a former director of the Faculty's Centre for Educational Technology, he has considerable experience in the design and evaluation of classrooms and in the provision of teacher professional development as it relates to sustainability. When it comes to Green Education it is important to walk the talk, to align what is taught in the classroom with what is going on in the real world. After all, as educators are we trying to create global citizens or global consumers? Join us for a riveting discussion of education, and how it's going green!

Date: Tuesday, September 16th, 6:45 to grab some java and a snack, 7pm kickoff
Location: Benny's Bagels, 2505 West Broadway @ Larch

Sunday September 14 - Tour de Fun

Sustainability. Transportation. Exercise. Conversation. On Sunday, September 14, the Climate Cafés Collective will return from its summer hiatus to lead green-minded people from the Vancouver Community on the Tour de Fun. So, what is a Tour de Fun and what does it have to do with Climate Cafés? Typically, Climate Caférs invites people to meet in, well, cafés around the Vancouver area. But on September 14th we will be taking our ideas to the streets - on bikes!

The goal is to have a fun day, riding together on safe bike routes, while checking out different LEED certified buildings and community gardens en route, along with feasting on some yummy treats.

The route will take us from UBC (rally in front of the south side of the UBC student union building) to Grandview Park on Commercial Drive – and will include a stop at Granville Island. The ride is about building community as much as it is about catching up and telling stories about what people have been up to over the summer. The ride will start at 11 AM so please be at the rally point with helmet, water bottle and fun loving vibe no later than 10:45. Afterwards we’ll feast on the veritable organic and local specialties of the drive.

Apologies to the Terry Fox Run - we didn't realize our event coincided with the run.

Please to let us know you will be joining Climate Caférs on the Tour de Fun.

What: Tour de Fun - the most fun bike rally in recent memory
Who: You, me and the rest of the Climate Café team
When: Sunday September 14th, leg 1 - 10:45-12:30, leg 2 - 12:30-2:00
Where: Starting at the SE side of the knoll looking at the UBC Student Union Building on the UBC Campus, finishing on Commercial Drive. Please check out the bike route and timelines here!
Why: Because there’s no better way to love the environment than cycling
How Much: Not a penny
 

Wednesday July 30 - Green BBQ at Jericho

Green Drinks - the monthly event typically held at Steamworks Pub in Gastown - is hosting a BBQ this month at Jericho Park...and we're invited! Click on this link for Green Drinks Vancouver's website.

ClimateCafes, Voters Taking Action on Climate Change, Community Climate Change, Be The Change, BC Sustainable Energy Association, and others have been invited to join in the beach fun. To top it off, The Tyee has also agreed to announce the winner of their Green Your Campbell Cash campaign.

The BBQ is a largely self-organised event, so BYO what you need in terms of food (plates & utensils), activities (bocce, frisbee), and acoustic musical instruments. We expect to have one or two communal BBQs, but if you have one available please bring this along. Most importantly, what you bring from home, please take home.

So the more the merrier, but it is very important that you RSVP to Green Drinks if you plan to attend. Please email GreenDrinksVancouver@GMail.Com, so they can plan accordingly.

Green Beach BBQ
Date: Wednesday, July 30th, 6-9pm
Location: Jericho Park (near concession)

Monday July 21 - $$ Campbell Cash $$ Café

Starting in June, the provincial government will be issuing a $100 cheque to every resident in B.C. as part of their Climate Action Plan. While the stated purpose of the rebate is to "help British Columbians make lifestyle changes to reduce their use of fossil fuels," many questions remain regarding exactly how the money can best be spent to achieve such changes. (Purchasing one-hundred dollars of carbon offsets or new, energy efficient light bulbs? Spending it individually or as a group?) We'd like to hear what you have to say.

Climate Cafés has teamed up with The Tyee to bring you a special community event to brainstorm ways to best Green Your Climate Cash - click on that prior link or this one to see all the projects on the Tyee. Join us along with a guest speaker at the Wired Monk where we will discuss, debate and then send our suggestions back to the Tyee to publish for all.

So how will you spend your $100? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t thought much about it. Maybe you don't even know about it yet! Or maybe you’re not most people – maybe you’ve got dozens of ideas to make that brown bill green, and are just jumping at the opportunity to tell others about it. Whatever the case, here's your opportunity to learn more about the $100 rebate and what you can do with it.

$$ Campbell Cash $$
Date: Monday, July 21st, 7pm
Location: Wired Monk (2610 West 4th Avenue @ Trafalgar)

June 24 - Greening the Workplace Café

"Green collar" jobs are on the rise. The environmental sector is also growing 60% faster than the rest of the Canadian economy, and more and more employers are in search of environmentally conscious workers. You don’t need to have an environmental degree to take advantage of these opportunities, and there are all sorts of things you can do at your current job to help Vancouver curb climate change.

On June 24 at Pane Vero on Commercial Drive, join Simon Fraser University Assistant Professor Boyd Cohen, who teaches about entrepreneurship and sustainability in SFU’s School of Business, in a discussion about environmentally sustainable careers. Boyd has been celebrated across Canada for his website www.3rdwhale.com and the campaign to find the greenest person on the planet. Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an up-and-coming green collar worker, this is event is not to be missed.

Greening the Workplace
Date: Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm
Location: Pane Vero Café and Bakery (952 Commercial Drive)

May 20 - Living Car Free Café

Owning a car is not only bad for the environment, it's bad for your pocket book, but living without one is not always easy. For those who need more convenience and flexibility than walking, biking or public transit can provide, car sharing is a practical alternative.

Join Climate Cafes for a discussion of the various challenges and opportunities in leading a car free lifestyle and find out if car sharing is right for you. Tracey Axelsson, founder and director of the first English speaking car co-op in the world, Cooperative Auto Network, will be present to explain the mechanics and history of car sharing and co-ops. We will also have brochures and information from Vancouver's other prominent car sharing organization, Zipcar.

Living Car Free Café
Date: May 20, 7pm
Location: Bean Around the World (2528 Main Street)

April 28 - Energy Budget Café

Due to the popular response to our first energy budget cafe, we have decided to host another to discuss the actions that we can take at home to reduce our energy usage. Join us and share your ideas, pose your questions and learn some new tips from our guest speaker from BC Hydro's Power Smart program.

Energy Budget Café
Date: Tuesday April 28, 7pm
Location: Java Hut (797 West 16th Avenue)

March 18 - Carbon Tax Café

What is a Carbon Tax and how does it work?

Join us for a discussion about various kinds of carbon taxes and find out what the provincial government has in store for us. Ian Bruce from the David Suzuki Foundation will be there to answer your questions and shed light on how a carbon tax can help us to decrease our carbon footprints.

Carbon Tax Café
Date: Tuesday March 18, 7pm
Location: Bump and Grind Specialty Coffees (located at 916 Commercial Drive)
7:00 pm