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Peace Week Eco-Challenge Results!

“Let’s do our part in contributing towards the big change. Let’s create a greener today for a more peaceful tomorrow.”
This Peace Week, YMCA staff members participated in an Eco-Challenge. This challenge encouraged a little friendly competition between YMCA branches to encourage greater mindfulness around being ‘green’ in our daily lives, and think about why this is relevant to Peace Week. Some highlights of the challenge include:
• ECY re-initiated the use of their compost
• A brand new staff take home recycling program at Crowfoot
• South Health campus and Saddletowne engaged part time staff ….
• Green Glenda, Crowfoot’s new Green Mascot
• Branch Ambassadors did an amazing job of keeping staff on track! A special thank you to Lukas Koutroumanos, Kelly Colson, Nancy Trudel, Jenni Thompson, and Jamie Schiwy
• Every participating branch raised at least 100 points!
After much deliberation and calculation, the International Committee awarded the 2013 YMCA Eco-Challenge Awards to….Crowfoot AND Eau Claire YMCA’s!!!
Why the tie, you ask? It was simply impossible to decide between these two branches. Eau Claire’s overall points were off the charts, and they managed to restart their composting program. Crowfoot showed an extremely strong team effort and a great deal of creativity in their approach to green initiatives. As such, both branches will receive awards for their amazing contributions! Thanks again to everyone for participating, the results were truly impressive. Although Peace Week is over, the challenge to reduce our environmental footprint continues! YMCA staff are keeping this in mind as we  keep up the green work in our daily lives.
In closing, the following images are tips from Crowfoot’s new mascot, Green Glenda…

Green Glenda with her trusty reusable containers

Green Glenda helping to reduce waste at the Member Services desk


Peace Week Eco-Challenge Results!

“Let’s do our part in contributing towards the big change. Let’s create a greener today for a more peaceful tomorrow.”
This Peace Week, YMCA staff members participated in an Eco-Challenge. This challenge encouraged a little friendly competition between YMCA branches to encourage greater mindfulness around being ‘green’ in our daily lives, and think about why this is relevant to Peace Week. Some highlights of the challenge include:
• ECY re-initiated the use of their compost
• A brand new staff take home recycling program at Crowfoot
• South Health campus and Saddletowne engaged part time staff ….
• Green Glenda, Crowfoot’s new Green Mascot
• Branch Ambassadors did an amazing job of keeping staff on track! A special thank you to Lukas Koutroumanos, Kelly Colson, Nancy Trudel, Jenni Thompson, and Jamie Schiwy
• Every participating branch raised at least 100 points!
After much deliberation and calculation, the International Committee awarded the 2013 YMCA Eco-Challenge Awards to….Crowfoot AND Eau Claire YMCA’s!!!
Why the tie, you ask? It was simply impossible to decide between these two branches. Eau Claire’s overall points were off the charts, and they managed to restart their composting program. Crowfoot showed an extremely strong team effort and a great deal of creativity in their approach to green initiatives. As such, both branches will receive awards for their amazing contributions! Thanks again to everyone for participating, the results were truly impressive. Although Peace Week is over, the challenge to reduce our environmental footprint continues! YMCA staff are keeping this in mind as we  keep up the green work in our daily lives.
In closing, the following images are tips from Crowfoot’s new mascot, Green Glenda…

Green Glenda with her trusty reusable containers

Green Glenda helping to reduce waste at the Member Services desk


Join us for the Y-Eco Challenge!

It’s YMCA Peace Week across Canada!

YMCA Calgary staff are participating in the Y-Eco Challenge this week to learn and build awareness about the environment and sustainability.

For the next 5 days (Nov 18th-22nd) YMCA staff and volunteers will be demonstrating their best environmental practices! While the environment and sustainability can be serious topics, this challenge is designed to be lighthearted; there’s a whole lot of fun to be had!

We encourage all of you and your families to take part in the Y-Eco Challenge.

It’s really simple and easy, there are categories which convert to daily points. For example under the category ‘Reusable Food/Beverage Containers’ 1 point would be gained for bringing your lunch/snacks in containers that are reusable rather than in plastic bags or saran-wrap. Another point would be gained for reusing your drinks bottle/coffee mug for refills.

The Y-Eco Challenge is a great way to teach children about the importance of recycling while having fun and a little friendly competition.

Download the Y Eco-Challenge Personal Tracking Sheet to learn more.

 

 


Earth Day April 22, 2013

This Monday April 22 2013 is Earth Day.

The global theme for Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change.
For many, climate change seems like a remote problem, but the reality is that it’s already affecting people, animals and places around the world. As these Faces of Climate Change begin to multiply, others are multiplying too: the faces of those stepping up to do something about it.

Here in Calgary there are a number of events celebrating Earth Day and showing how we as Calgarians can make choices which minimize our impact on the environment. A family friendly Down to Earth Day is being held this Sunday on International avenue.

Environmental awareness is an important component of YMCA Calgary’s Global Initiatives department and helps us to continue to develop global awarness through the programs and services offered by YMCA Calgary.


World Water Day

Today is UN World Water Day. For more information about World Water Day and what you can do at home or work to conserve this essential resource check out this link from the United Nations.


World Water Day

Today is UN World Water Day. For more information about World Water Day and what you can do at home or work to conserve this essential resource check out this link from the United Nations.


Earth Hour 2013

This Saturday March 23, is Earth Hour, an annual worldwide event. It’s a call to action for individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. For more information about Earth Hour in Canada visit www.EarthHourCanada.org.

YMCA Calgary is committed to global education and awareness. For more information follow the link to find out more about our Global Initiatives department.


Earth Hour 2013

This Saturday March 23, is Earth Hour, an annual worldwide event. It’s a call to action for individuals and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. For more information about Earth Hour in Canada visit www.EarthHourCanada.org.

YMCA Calgary is committed to global education and awareness. For more information follow the link to find out more about our Global Initiatives department.


Can Your Neighborhood Determine Your Fitness Level?

This article on Canada.com is super interesting. It talks about how the design of neighborhoods has a clear impact on the level of health and fitness of the people living nearby. Here is a bit from the article:

“As a young psychologist, James Sallis was interested in exploring the motivation behind getting people to exercise. But it wasn’t long before he discovered that existing theories designed to improve exercise adherence were, for the most part, ineffective.

It was then that he decided to approach exercise motivation from a different angle, namely how the environment we live in affects physical activity. He visited low-income neighbourhoods, typically hotbeds of inactivity, and noticed very few parks, recreation centres and fitness clubs. Sidewalks were also either nonexistent or in poor repair. And many of the residents considered their neighbourhood too dangerous to play outside, go for a walk or ride a bike.”

Read the full article written by Jill Barker on the Canada.com website.


YMCA Calgary Going Global

YMCA Calgary is part of a global movement of YMCA’s in approximately 120 countries. Through the Global Initiatives department YMCA Calgary is able to develop a global perspective in the members and participants of our programs and services, while supporting the global movement of YMCAs. The Global Initiatives department has a number of strategies:

YMCA Global Partners

 

YMCAs build strong kids, strong families and strong communities not only in Calgary, but also in more than 120 countries around the world. Partnerships promote sharing of knowledge and resources with YMCAs in other parts of the globe and provide opportunity to support local community development work abroad. Through exchanges, staff and volunteers from both associations learn from each other’s strengths and benefit from exposure to new cultures/perspectives. YMCA Calgary currently partners with YMCA Ukraine and YMCA Bogota, Colombia

YMCA Global Peacebuilders

YMCA believes peace is more than the absence of war. It requires the presence of something – the recognition of basic human rights and the provision of basic human needs. Since 1984, YMCAs across Canada have spent the third week in November organizing special activities to engage children, youth and adults in exploring peace from local and global perspectives. Annually, YMCA Peace Week brings Associations together with international partner YMCAs and hundreds of school and community partners in a week long event that highlights our common interest in creating a more just and peaceful world.

YMCA Global Experiences

To further support our Global Partnerships YMCA Calgary sponsors exchanges between Calgary and our partners in Ukraine and Bogota. Such exchanges are meant to benifit both YMCA’s. Teaching all of us new ways to engage youth and build healthy communities.

 YMCA Global Opportunities to Give

Through YMCA Calgary’s Strong Kids campaign, donors can designate support to one of our Global Partners. Another choice is to support our Emergency Responce fund which provides support for YMCA’s who request emergency relief.

For more information contact the Assistant General Manager of Community Branch at 403 537-1716.


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