Monday Update - SPN shoutout in Spec, Sustainable Hamilton, Lake-to-Lake bike fundraiser, more

By Matthew Sweet (@matthewdsweet)

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Today's News:

  • The SPN Podcast is recording new episodes this month and is looking for your ideas and feedback. If you have any subjects you are interested in hearing more about or guest interview suggestions, tweet them to us or send us an email. Our first new episode will be published this week, featuring an interview with Alan Griffiths of Mohawk College.
  • The Bay Area Restoration Council is looking for volunteers to help build a rain garden on Thursday June 5th at Princess Point. Visit or contact Kelly Pike for more information.
  • Steel City Bike Fest is June 8-14 at various locations in Hamilton. Attend bike repairs workshops, movies and group rides over this week long festival. Link to more information is here:
  • Environment Hamilton is proud to be hosting the Lake-to-Lake 2014 bicycle fundraiser from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. This overnight bicycle trip will depart on June 14th from Bayfront Park and return on June 15th. EH will provide route maps, water stops, luggage transportation, two meals, and overnight camp facilities.
    Click HERE to register for this event.
    Click HERE to make a pledge or sponsor a rider with a donation.
  • Innovation Factory is hosting a free Lunch'n'Learn on "Raising Capital for Social Ventures" on Thursday June 17th. To register click here:
  • Sustainable Hamilton’s Evening of Recognition is on June 24. This event celebrates sustainability in the Hamilton business community. More information is available here:
  • Green Venture's Executive Director and SPN member, Kathryn Gold, is the subject of the latest Young Professional bio in the Hamilton Spectator (cheers for the shoutout to SPN as well): Young Professional: Green Venture job incorporates teaching, too.
  • SPN and McMaster University presented a Green Jobs Networking event in April. Furthering the discussion on employment, employability and education, check out these two articles (thanks to Kate Whalen).
    • A recent Macleans article, entitled 'Entry-level' jobs are getting harder to find, presents findings that suggests the economy isn't lacking a skills gap, as much as an "experience gap”. The article mentions the need for soft skills and points to internships and co-operative education for students to get the experience employers are looking for.
    • Don Tapscott, Chancellor of Trent University and author of over a dozen best selling business books, highlights that the purpose of education is not simply to train workers, and adds that given challenges including climate change, economic uncertainty, and international conflicts, it is imperative to train workers who are not only skilled but are knowledgeable citizens. Tapscott says that rather than STEM, the country needs STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math...". Read more:
  • "Photographer goes to great heights for call to arms on sprawl" (thanks to Jayde Liebersbach):
Posted on June 2, 2014 .