*when you click on "upcoming meetups", "past meetups" or "our calendar" (on the left of this screen) do make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page if you are not logged into a meetup.com account.*
Looking for a constructive way to help the environment?
We’re a group of people from all over the Lower Mainland who get together to help Metro Vancouver Parks, municipalities, BC Parks, charities, non-profit organizations, Societies, stewardship groups and watershed groups tackle environmental issues that need co-operation and teamwork to get done. We also volunteer at farms to promote local sustainable agriculture. Gloves and tools will be supplied as well as refreshments! All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. If you care about the environment and local food security this is the group for you!
To organize and run hands-on activities educating volunteers about local parks and ecosystems, local food production and environmental conservation
Donating to the Lower Mainland Green Team
If you love the work we do and want to support us through a donation please click HERE. The money goes to organizing and running LMGT activities, volunteer management, native plants and trees, snacks, tools and communication materials
Without financial support the Lower Mainland Green Team would not be able to make a positive impact on the environment. Thank you to our funders!!
Please click --> HERE to learn about who supports our group
Want to learn more about us? click on the below links!
One page report of Lower Mainland Green Team Activities --> HERE
CBC Radio Early Edition Jan 4 2014 interview --> HERE
Global News interview July 31 2013 --> HERE
David Suzuki talks about the Lower Mainland Green Team--> HERE
A 5 minute slide show about the LMGT --> HERE
Want to reach the organizer? email Lyda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What you will get out of participating:
The Pacific Parklands Foundation (PPF) is our partner. Their mission is to protect green spaces, enrich communities and encourage philanthropy.
*The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) will run in partnership with PPF until July 2014, after that, it will become a project of Green Teams of Canada, a new national charity created to run, direct and oversee the LMGT and other future green teams. Green Teams of Canada was founded by Lyda (the founder of the LMGT) and was inspired by LMGT volunteers! more info coming…
Well wishes to the Lower Mainland Green Team
David Suzuki sent the LMGT a letter. He says "Volunteers are the heart and soul of Canada, deeply rooted in community and concerned and active on issues that matter." He also wrote "Thank you for all you do".
We received a postcard from Farley Mowat , a Canadian conservationist and author (he wrote Never Cry Wolf). His message: "Good luck to the Lower Mainland Green Team".
If you want to know the latest Lower Mainland Green Team happenings as they happen: We're now on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LMGreenteam
The Lower Mainland Green Team has been in a number of media outlets. Please click on the following links :
Alternatives Journal Nov 2013 (if you'd like a copy of the article email me)
The Barnacle Oct 2013 (page 20)
Peace Arch News July 30, 2013 (page 15)
Richmond News March 27, 2013 (page A19)
Peace Arch News March 14, 2013 (go to page 22)
Aldergrove Star March 7, 2013 (go to page 10)
Coquitlam Now, Dec 16, 2011 (page A7)
North Shore News, Nov 30, 2011 (page A21)
Vancouver Sun 15 April 2011 (this one has been taken down from the net)
Langley Advance 8 March 2011 (our very first event was covered!)
Lyda had had enough of hearing about the state of the environment going downhill and feeling powerless. So, she combined her passion for the environment and her organizational skills to get people outside into nature making a positive impact on the environment. It's been just about 3 years and the volunteers inspire her to keep going. As David Suzuki wrote in his letter to the LMGT, "volunteers are the heart and soul of Canada" ! The Lower Mainland Green Team was founded on Feb 7th 2011 and because of it's effectiveness making a positive impact on the environment, other green teams will be formed in the future under the new charity Green Teams of Canada! To get a good idea of our background read page two of this newsletter. For a short write-up and before/after photos for every single event please click on pages (if you're not logged into your meetup account, make sure to scroll down a ways to get to all the pages). See pictures from each of our events please click on photos
Who we work with to run our volunteer work parties
Friends of Hunter Park
There are many generous businesses who have helped build the Lower Mainland Green Team. They contribute refreshments and products to volunteers to reward their hard work taking care of the environment! To learn more about them click HERE
We may take photos and/or videos at the events. These may be posted here on meetup and/or other sites like youtube. The photos may also be used for communication materials. If you prefer to not be on camera make this clear to whoever is pointing a camera your way and/or duck out! Also please note, photos may be taken of you with products businesses have donated to LMGT volunteers and posted on their facebook pages.
Liability (please read before attending any of our events!)
The organizer and each and every one of its hosts and volunteer participants are in no way responsible and liable for your personal safety and health state, or the safety of your children before, during and at anytime after each event. By RSVPing "Yes", for Lower Mainland Green Team events, you acknowledge that you fully understand the nature of the activities, are aware of risks, and are sufficiently fit and capable of performing the activities, assuming all risks associated with those activities. All attendees hereby release and shall forever hold harmless the Lower Mainland Green Team organizer, all Lower Mainland Green Team hosts and other volunteers attendees and unconditionally waive any liabilities resulting from attending and/or participating in any Lower Mainland Green Team events. By attending our events you are taking personal responsibility for yourself and any minors in your care. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
RSVP'ing and not showing up
There are two rules:
1. Because equipment, tools and refreshments are brought to each event based on the number of people coming, if you have RSVP'd 3 times that you are going to 3 events and without notice have not shown up, you will be removed from the Lower Mainland Green Team. To "un-rsvp" go to where you had originally clicked on "join us" on the event page and click on "change RSVP". Please do this by the day before the event.
2. If you sign up for an event with a restricted number of participants, the spaces become filled and there is a waiting list and you do not show up (and have no good reason) you will be removed. You must UN-RSVP at least 2 days before an event (to give other members a chance to take your vacated spot and participate)
Other volunteer opportunities
We hope that you will consider volunteering more regularly with the groups hosting our events once you've checked out what they do.
Please check out the following page for more environmental volunteer opportunities --> HERE
The Hometown Heroes Group Award 2013
Financial support to conserve, enhance and protect green spaces
Funds to ensure we keep doing our good work
Fresh Handmade LUSH Spring Tin gifts ( bath bomb, soap, shower gel)
Amazing Dig It Handwear for volunteers
100% recycled notebooks
Tilley Endurables Western hats
Odour Eliminator (natural)
Funding and tea bags
Earth Month 2013 financial supporter!
stainless steel water bottles, playing cards and two rain jackets
books for LMGT volunteers to thank them for their hard work
Funding for Earth Month
Products such as post it notes to volunteers
Gave bike bells,lights,leg reflectors & carabiners to reward volunteers
dog poop bag dispensers
gift certificates to experience a Ziptreak Bear Ecotour for One
Financial support for our work
Lunapads panty liners and some funding to support our work
Herb seeds and gardening gloves for the volunteers
stainless steel folding sporks with organic cotton LWP pouch
Two flavours of Raincoast Crisps, cranberry hazelnut and Fig & olive
Donated Clif Bars to the LMGT volunteers
Steel water bottles
Reusable tea bags and Hankettes hankerchiefs
Buff Original multifunctional Headwear
100% pure beeswax tea candles
Recycled bicycle jewelry
$5 off first purchase and deals as prizes
30 SPF sunscreen
170 Native plant lovers
Tuesday, Mar 11
109 Volunteer Pullers and Planters
Friday, Mar 14
59 Do-gooders living better
Saturday, Mar 15
3,002 smart singles