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Community-based Leadership in Sustainability (CLS)

The CLS initiative was created in the fall of 2014 as a joint initiative between a number of groups and organizations with the goal to develop a culture of sustainability through education, community engagement, and collaboration that inspires practical implementation.

The central focus of the initiative was to host a series of educational and networking events each year. The events were designed to take a unique approach to teaching and learning about, as well as engaging in, sustainability that would provide value to individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, businesses, and the City alike. Furthermore, we hope that through this initiative, connections were made, and new ideas generated that may provide benefit to the city of Hamilton as a whole.

One of the main objectives of the CLS initiative was to offer these educational and networking at events without barrier. The events were open to all and free of charge*.

*To ensure attendance, a $10 deposit was put in place for the Green Jobs event. All those who registered and attended, were refunded their deposit.

Overview

Objectives

  • Develop a culture of sustainability through education, community engagement, and collaboration that inspires practical implementation
  • Form and foster a collaborative and formal working relationship between individuals, groups, institutions, and organizations who share a common mission to advance sustainability within the city of Hamilton
  • Offer opportunities for sustainability education and involvement that is inclusive of various groups and individuals within the city’s diverse and unique communities
  • Communicate and report on the outcomes of each event and the initiative as a whole

Reporting

In the two years since its launch in 2014, there have been seven events in total and all of which have been hosted at local and accessible locations. The through these events, we have engaged over 700 individuals, 29 speakers, and 92 volunteers. Through effective community engagement, collaboration, and fundraising efforts, nearly $19,000 in funding has been generously provided.

Collaborators and Sponsors

The CLS initiative is a product of the hard work and dedication from the Hamilton SPN Executive Board members; various individuals and departments of McMaster University; our volunteers, speakers, sponsors and donors; as well as the engaged community members who supported the initiative attending and investing their time through active participation in the various events.

  • Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network; The Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network (SPN), along with McMaster’s Academic Sustainability Programs Office, provided leadership to bring this initiative from idea to implementation. The SPN maintains a CLS Subcommittee consisting of nine dedicated individuals.
  • McMaster’s Academic Sustainability Programs Office; The Academic Sustainability Programs Office worked together with diverse collaborators and the SPN in leadership capacity to develop and deliver the CLS events.
  • McMaster undergraduate student representatives: Chitman Josan, Moeed Ahmed, and Zeinab Rahal.
  • McMaster Faculty representative: Brent McKnight; Brent provided guidance and mentorship and acted as a liaison to McMaster faculty.
  • McMaster’s Committee on the Minor in Sustainability; Members of the committee provided continuous support during the development and implementation of this initiative.
  • Forward with Integrity; Generous financial support from Forward with Integrity made the implementation of the CLS initiative possible.
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton; The Art Gallery of Hamilton provided generous support in hosting all four CLS events.
  • McMaster Office of the Provost; The Office of the Provost has provided generous financial support for the CLS initiative.
  • McMaster Faculty of Engineering; The Faculty of Engineering has provided generous financial support for the CLS initiative.
  • W. Booth School of Engineering Practice; The W. Booth School of Engineering Practice has provided generous financial support for the CLS initiative.
  • McMaster's Alumni Association; The Alumni Association has provided generous financial support for the Green Jobs Educational and Networking Event.
  • McMaster's School of Graduate Studies; The School of Graduate Studies has provided generous financial support for the Green Jobs Educational and Networking Event.
  • McMaster’s Student Success Centre; The Student Success Centre has provided generous financial support for the CLS initiative.
  • City of Hamilton's Economic Development Department; The Department supported the CLS initiative through financial sponsorship and speaker participation.
  • Sustainable Hamilton; Sustainable Hamilton engages business organizations in driving measureable progress toward community sustainability and prosperity.
  • Smart Commute Hamilton; Smart Commute Hamilton is an association led by the City of Hamilton which works with local businesses and community organizations to provide programs and initiatives that encourage the use of active and sustainable transportation.
  • Grand&Toy; Speaker gifts were generously provided by Grand & Toy.
  • OPIRG McMaster; OPIRG provided gift baskets to support participation, event feedback, research, and continuous improvement of the CLS initiative.

Additional Resources:

Green Cleaning Workshop Summary Report

The Green Cleaning Workshop was held on February 16, 2017. Workshop attendees learned how to make sustainable cleaning products using recipes that are environmentally conscious, safe enough to use around children, and less expensive than the storebought alternatives. More information on the event can be found in the report.

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Complete Streets Event Summary

On October 1st, 2015, over 100 people from across the city of Hamilton (and beyond) came together to learn more about Complete Streets, and to participate in a hands-on and interactive workshop of urban planning and design. More information on the event can be found in the report.

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CLS Annual Report 2014-2015

More information on the CLS initiative and the events held during 2014-2015 can be found in this report.

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McMaster 2014/15 Sustainability Annual Report

More information about the development of the CLS initiative can be found on pages 26 and 27.

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