How Green Room Gives Back
Every month we do a carbon offset or make a donation to whatever cause is the most appropriate or in the most need at that time. We aren’t carbon neutral and we can’t support every disaster relief, social justice, or non-profit organization, but this is one small thing we can do to show that we care. Sustainability is multi-faceted and ultimately, we have a responsibility to do good things and support projects and people in need. Here is what we have supported so far:
April 2021: EcoTrust Canada
Ecotrust Canada works with rural, remote and Indigenous communities toward building an economy that provides for a healthy and resilient natural environment; sustainable and abundant energy, food, and housing; prosperous and meaningful livelihoods; and vibrant cultures and inclusive societies.
With the public's donations, they continue to create tangible eco-conscious solutions with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities that integrate social and environmental well-being.
February 2021: The Loveland Foundation
The Loveland Foundation strives to bring opportunity and healing to communities of colour with a focus on Black women and girls. In an effort to break down barriers limiting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, the Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to women and girls seeking therapy. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours and more, Loveland contributes to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.
December 2020: M'akola Housing Society
The M’akola is B.C’s top Indigenous affordable housing provider. Through community partnerships and funders, M’akola is able to provide subsidized housing, affordable rentals and assisted living units throughout most of BC. We supported their holiday gift card campaign, which hands out gift cards for grocery stores, restaurants and department stores to those who need it the most. The hope is to provide every M’akola home with a gift for Christmas!
November 2020: CoolAid - Sandy Merriman House
Safe and affordable housing is a key part of the solution to homelessness. Homes are critical for people to regain their health and dignity and the Sandy Merriman House provides emergency shelter for 25 women (this is an inclusive definition of “woman” & “female” - trans women, gender fluid and non-binary people are welcome).
We donated 100+ single use soaps to the Sandy Merriman guests to use when they come for shelter and support. A hot shower can make a world of a difference and we hope our handmade soaps make them feel a little extra special.
October 2020: Canadian Cancer Society
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All donations go towards funding groundbreaking research, providing critical support to help people affected by cancer, and shaping health policies to save lives and make living with cancer easier. A future without breast cancer is the goal!
September 2020: Fish For The Future Fund
Fish for the Future started as a catch-and-release tournament with the purpose of engaging the local fishing community and raising money for healthy fish stocks in Clayoquot Sound. Now, three years later, it is a year-round conservation initiative to safeguard Tofino’s salmon. The goal is to protect wild salmon and an ecosystem that supports responsible fishing. 100% of the funds raised will be dedicated to various Clayoquot Sound watershed projects such as
- Shoreline Protection + Restoration
- Hatchery + Salmon Enhancement
- Catch + Release Initiatives
- Wild Salmon Out Migration Studies
As Fish for the Future Fund grows, so too will conservation and protection of these precious waters and the wildlife that lives here.
August 2020: Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal
Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, suffered two massive explosions on August 4th. The explosions are a national tragedy and have caused widespread damage, homelessness, injury, and death. Survivors are also facing an economic crisis, fears of COVID-19, and political turmoil in Lebanon, making matters even more dire. The emergency aid will be sent to survivors as they recover and rebuild. There is an extensive list of charities supporting relief efforts in Beirut that you can find here.
July 2020: Water First
The reality is 20% of First Nations communities in Canada are under a boil water advisory. In Ontario, it’s 40%, twice the national average. Water First is a registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping First Nations communities solve local water challenges through education, training and meaningful collaboration. They have partnered with over 50 Indigenous communities on a variety of education and training projects focusing on drinking water and environmental water. By hiring and training locally, Water First’s programs ensure that skills, knowledge, and credentials stay in communities long after a project is completed.
June 2020: Nations Youth Society
Nations Youth Society is an Indigenous-led organization that inspires youth and encourages the importance of keeping Indigenous culture and traditions alive. NATIONS is excited about building healthier communities by providing skateboarding lessons and promoting the construction of more skateparks in First Nations communities. Skateboarding is more than just a hobby; it’s an outlet for making friends, staying focused, and being part of something bigger. The funds raised will help with their upcoming trips to Indigenous communities in Alberta to pay for car rentals, gas, lodging, per diem for instructors, and safety equipment for participants.
The SNIWWOC is a Canadian non-profit organization based out of Victoria, BC committed to the empowerment of women through food, art, and education. SNIWWOC operates from a holistic and integrated service model that addresses the social, cultural and political realities of racialized women. When it comes to relevant things happening in the world right now, something you can’t ignore is the Black Life Matters movement and the lack of support for Indigenous people, black people, and people of colour.
April 2020: Victoria Women's Transition House Society
Victoria Women’s Transition House Society collaborates, advocates and educates to address and prevent intimate partner violence and abuse of women and children through supportive shelter, housing, counselling and other community-based services. Unfortunately, in times of crisis such as the Covid-19 lockdown, the evidence shows an increase in gender-based violence in and out of the home.
The Sidrap Wind Farm project consists of 30 wind turbines and produces 253,000 MWh of renewable energy per year to the South Sulawesi national grid - enough to power over 70,000 local homes! This project reduces Indonesia’s dependence on fossil fuels for power generation, provides local employment opportunities, promotes equal pay, reduces air pollution, and raises awareness for climate change.
February 2020: Gidimt’en Strong
What is happening in the Wetʼsuwetʼen territory is perhaps one of the most complicated Canadian narratives of our time. How could it not be when so many conflicting interests and concerns are involved; Indigenous rights, the Albertan and Canadian economy, climate change, the livelihood of families who depend on the oil and gas sector. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, and regardless of if the pipeline goes through or not, the Wet’suwet’en people deserve the recognition they are fighting for. In the simplest sense, honouring their most basic human rights, their efforts, and their identity is the right thing to do.
January 2020: WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organization
WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. Compounding the impact of one of the worst droughts in history, massive wildfires raged for months in what has become known as Australia's Black Summer. Millions of hectares of land were burnt and 20% of Australian forests were lost. These extreme events took a tragic toll on the wildlife and WIRES remains focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and recovery of these animals.
Thousands of refugees from Darfur have the chance to vastly improve their life by using the CooKit solar cookers. For women, having to venture outside of the camp to collect scarce firewood, the risk of being attacked or raped has been an everyday fear in the refugee camps in Eastern Chad. This project does not only eliminate the danger of women exposing themselves to physical harm, but also verifiably improves health conditions, especially among women and children, because cooking with solar energy is smokeless. Furthermore, it empowers the women by giving them a viable role in the project, and without the need to collect firewood women have more time to pursue handcrafting or other jobs and children can attend school.
This 100 MW wind power plant is located in Andhra Pradesh, India and consists of 50 wind turbines. The goal behind this project is to generate over 215 GWh of clean electricity and positively impact the lives of local communities. The project is supported by Orange Renewable who ensures that environmental and social responsibility is at the core of every step taken. Orange conducted a detailed community 'Need Assessment' survey to understand local requirements and consistently invests in community health care, education, clean drinking water infrastructure, women empowerment, and meaningful local employment.