Environment Hamilton is a community-focused non-profit working towards a city that is a carbon-neutral community with
- secure local food sources,
- sustainable transportation, and
- healthy, clean air, water and land.
Environment Hamilton inspires people to protect and enhance our environment through leadership, education and advocacy.
We welcome your involvement!
- Raise awareness and offer hope that we can all make a difference.
- Fearlessly and persistently tackle environmental injustices and remove environmental stresses to living systems.
- Identify, involve, support, and celebrate the commitment of those who share our vision for a better community and engage those who may not.
- Offer locally relevant solutions to achieve: food security, sustainable transportation, and healthy, clean air, water, and land.
- Connect with, mentor, support, inspire, and spark creativity in our youth in order to engage them in our efforts and to prepare them for what the future holds.
- Take local action on climate change and other global environmental issues.
Environment Hamilton was established in 2001 by a group of Hamilton environmental activists who realized that working to address environmental issues in Hamilton required an organization with funding and paid staff. The effort to establish the organization was jump-started by a successful private prosecution under the federal Fisheries Act against the pre-amalgamated City of Hamilton for allowing toxic leachate to flow out of the old Rennie Street landfill into Red Hill Creek. The prosecution was successful and the city was ordered to clean up the site and to pay a record fine - 50% of which came back to the activists who initiated the charges. A portion of this fine money was used to start Environment Hamilton and the remainder sits in the organization's 'Environmental Justice Fund'.