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Embodied carbon and carbon sequestration in buildings

Can buildings be an important part of the climate change solution?

The answer is Yes, and the key is using carbon sequestering materials instead of carbon-intensive materials.

Endeavour Centre director Chris Magwood is currently working on a Master’s thesis at Trent University’s Sustainability Studies program, examining the embodied carbon of building materials and the role of sequestration in drastically reducing the climate change impacts of our built environment.

On Tuesday, March 14th at 7pm, join Chris and hosts Fourth Pig Worker’s Coop, Eco-Building Resource and Green Community Hub at the Shacklands Brewing Company in Toronto to see the results of this research to date and learn more about turning our buildings into carbon sinks!

The event is free, and discussion time and beer will follow the presentation!

embodied carbon of building materials

Sustainable New Construction 2016, now taking applications

An unparalleled learning experience!

Be a team member in the construction of a remarkable sustainable building, from foundation to finishes. Endeavour’s full-time, immersion program puts you front-and-centre as you work with faculty members on an innovative building using natural and low-impact materials to create a super-efficient, healthy, affordable building.

Click here for 2016 course & project details…


May 2015 Workshops

We’ve got a great line-up of workshops for the month of May! From planning for your own build or renovation to putting on the finishing touches, there’s something for everybody this month! Find details here.

2015 Natural Building Workshop Schedule

Endeavour’s 2015 workshop schedule is our most extensive ever! Check out topics ranging from natural plastering to fundamentals of building science, earthen floors to straw bale construction… The link to our calendar is here, and from there you can jump to the details for each workshop.

2015 workshop list

Endeavour Seeking Board Members

As an incorporated not-for-profit organization, The Endeavour Centre has a board of directors that oversees the mission and goals of the school and assists with key areas of the school’s operations.

Several members of Endeavour’s current board are leaving at the end of their current terms after several years of service (some have been on board since Endeavour’s inception!). We are looking for people with an interest in Endeavour’s mission and goals to keep the board healthy and vital.

If you might be interested, here is a description of the roles and expectations of board members:

Member of the Board of Directors Job Description and Expectations


To advise and oversee the policies and leadership of the organization and promote The Endeavour Centre so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.


Achieving sound social and environmental change through sustainable building.

Endeavour is a sustainable building learning centre. We deliver unique full-time and workshop programs on a wide variety of sustainable and natural building materials and technologies. Hands-on learning is our focus, and positive sustainable change is our goal.

Major responsibilities:

Organizational leadership and advising Formulation and oversight of policies and procedures Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget and

project budgets Oversight of program planning and evaluation Serve on one of Endeavour’s standing committees based on expertise (fundraising,

human resources, marketing, or partnerships) Review of organizational and programmatic reports Act as an ambassador for the organization

Length of term:

Two years, with an option for renewal, beginning April 2015.

Meetings and time commitment:

The board of directors meets six times per year. Meeting duration is a maximum of 2 hrs.

Committees of the board meet an average of six times per year, pending their respective work agenda.

Outside of meetings, board members may be required to do 2-5 hours of work per month in order to contribute to their committee’s progress and plans.

Board members are asked to attend no more than two special events or meetings per year, as they are determined.


This is an opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Endeavour’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • An understanding of Endeavour’s mission and goals, and a commitment to help the organization grow.
  • Some professional experience in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector.
  • Have experience in one of the following capacities: fundraising, human resources, marketing or community partnerships.
  • Affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • Live in the Peterborough area or be able to commute to Peterborough for meetings.

Expectations for board members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis, and special events as able.
  • Participate on a standing committee of the board, and serve on ad-hoc committees as necessary.
  • Commit to spending time on Endeavour outside of meetings.
  • Be alert to community partnerships that can be built to further Endeavour’s mission, goals, and objectives. This is a volunteer position and therefore no remuneration will be offered.



Deadline for applications is March 31, 2015. Send applications to contact at endeavourcentre dot org

Please consider joining us and being part of this exciting, dynamic organization!


Registration Open for Sustainable New Construction 2015: Tiny Home Build

Endeavour’s popular Sustainable New Construction program is accepting applications for the 2015: Tiny Home Build offering. The program is full time from June 29 – August 28.

2014 4 endorsementsYou can be part of creating a tiny home from design ideas to final finishes, learning how to choose and work with sustainable building materials and off-grid mechanical systems along the way. This is an ideal program for those looking to move into sustainable building as a career, or for those wanting to build their own sustainable home, tiny or large!

To apply, contact us and send a resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re an ideal candidate for this program.

You can find all the details of the program on the program page.


Workshop survey for 2015

Endeavour tries hard to program workshops that are of value to those interested in sustainable building. This year, we’re looking for your help with our 2015 programming!

We’ve created a very short survey to give our readers input on the types, locations and costs of our workshops. We hope you’ll participate!

By filling out the survey, you’ll be entered into a draw to win an Endeavour workshop gift certificate.

You can find the survey here.

2014 Workshop Schedule

Our 2014 workshop schedule is now posted!

We’ve got some great fall workshops! Fundamentals of Building Science, Hempcrete, Straw bale building, plastering and more…

The Art of Tool Sharpening Workshop

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Peter Mack

EdgeCloseup00Sharp tools are essential to quality work, but the art of sharpening is becoming lost in a world of disposable items. This workshop will re-introduce the art of sharpening using basic and affordable sharpening equipment, applied to a wide range of tool types.

Participants will learn all about the kind of equipment needed to perform sharpening tasks, and will get a chance to practice sharpening skills on a different types of blades and tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment and tools and take advantage of the time and instruction to get your own tools sharp and ready for action.

Entry requirements:
Open to all

Includes healthy lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available)

Maximum class size: 12

The Art and Science of Natural Plaster

We’re funded!

Thanks to everybody who has helped us reach our fundraising target on Kickstarter! Whether you contributed directly or helped to spread the word, we couldn’t have done it without you…

We’re now excited to start work on the DVD project, collecting all of our experience with natural plasters in an educational and highly visual teaching medium!

The campaign runs until April 23, so there is still time to get involved. When you contribute now, you can earn all kinds of rewards that won’t be available if you wait until the DVD is ready…

We are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to produce this DVD, and you can find our Kickstarter page here.

Jen Sculpting plaster

Jen Sculpting plaster

Supporting the Kickstarter campaign brings you plenty of rewards, including educational PDFs from Endeavour, as well as the opportunity to “pre-order” the DVD.

We look forward to producing this DVD, and hope you able to share our Kickstarter campaign and perhaps lend us your support!