Getting Street Trees where they are needed the most.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Introducing the Street Tree Project Coordinator for 2017

Hey everyone! My name is Chelsea Lowes, and I’m very excited to be chosen as this year’s Street Tree Project coordinator!

I’m a born and raised Hamiltonian who decided to stay in the city I love and pursue a degree in Health Studies and Gerontology at McMaster University. Though I will always come to Hamilton’s defence, there is always room for improvement! The city essentially offers the best of both worlds, with unlimited natural, and urban scenery to enjoy. But why keep them separate?

My current education consistently shows how impactful social factors can be on one’s health. I am particularly interested in the role the environment takes. The Street Tree Project not only allows me to pursue this interest, but also provides me with the opportunity to create meaningful change in a community where I can continue to observe the benefits both on and off the job.

This year we will be focusing on the Homeside neighbourhood, just east of Kenilworth Street. I’m very much looking forward to getting started on this years project and working alongside this community, towards a greener city.  Initiatives to make Hamilton more environmentally friendly are stronger and more plentiful than ever, and I’m excited to be a part of it all.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tree Mapping

Technology never ceases to amaze us here at The Street Trees Project. Just in case anyone is curious about what a more visual representation of our work looks like, here is a map depicting the rough amount of trees that were requested over the last 4 years. That is almost 250 trees requested in the Keith, Crown Point, Gibson, Landsdale, and Stipley neighbourhoods alone. We are excited to see what is in store for us this year, as we work with the Homeside community towards a greener Hamilton. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Now Hiring for summer student to coordinate Street Tree project

OPIRG McMaster is seeking a student Street Tree Project Coordinator through the McMaster Work Program for Spring/Summer 2017.

Street Tree Project

For the past four summers OPIRG has hired a student staff to implement the Street Tree
Project. We piloted the project in the Summer of 2013 in Hamilton’s Keith Neighbourhood in Ward 3.

The project was designed by Randy Kay using mobile air quality data from Clean Air Hamilton, satellite mapping to identify areas lacking trees (which coincided with neighbourhoods with higher than average air pollution and lower than average incomes), and a partnership with the ward councillor and the city forestry department.

Our method is to go door to door and sign up residents for a free city street tree for the front of their homes. As a result, we successfully increased the average street tree requests from three to 75 in a two month period (May and June) in 2013.

The project expanded in 2014 to the Crown Point Neighbourhood where we received over 80 requests for Street Trees. Our third year focused on Ward Three’s Gibson/Landsdale Neighbourhood in 2015. 2016 found us back in Ward Three, going door to door in Gibson, Landsdale and Stipley neighbourhoods and netting 62 tree requests.

Our work has received positive media attention and a “community builder” award from Volunteer Hamilton and the Hamilton Spectator.

"Four different students have directly made a lasting impact on these neighbourhoods that will pay dividends in terms or air quality for decades to come."

The Street Tree project has a twitter account, a Facebook Page, a new Instagram account, as well as a blog.
You can read annual reports online or find them on the Hamilton Street Tree blog.

The Street Tree Project Coordinator will further implement the project for 2017.

Details of the Position:
Hourly Rate of Pay: $14.00
Hours Per Week: 30
Total Number of Weeks: 9
Employment Dates: Monday, May 1, 2017 – Friday, June 30, 2017
Work Schedule: 
Monday – Friday
Application Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2017

Applications require a cover letter, resume and approved work program form and should be submitted through MOSIAC. (link to job on MOSIAC)

OPIRG welcomes the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invites aboriginal people, people of colour, poor and working-class people and those on social assistance, women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, queer-oriented people; transgender, transsexual, intersex and two-spirit people; single parents, members of ethnic minorities, immigrants, people from non-academic backgrounds and people with disabilities to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the contributions and experiences they would bring to the OPIRG organization in their cover letter.

OPIRG’S Mission
OPIRG McMaster’s mission is to empower students and community in exchanging ideas and taking action on diverse social justice and environmental issues by connecting individuals, groups, organizations, and resources