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City Businesses Have Asked for the Tools to Make a Change and Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, Working with the City Of Hamilton, Have Delivered!

PRESS RELEASE

September 18th, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUSTAINABLE HAMILTON BURLINGTON, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF HAMILTON LAUNCH THE BUSINESS CLIMATE ACTION TOOLKIT.

Hamilton – On September 19th, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington (SHB) officially launched the Business Climate Action Toolkit (BCAT). Created in partnership with the City of Hamilton, the BCAT is a free online resource-hub, equipping businesses with sector-specific resources, case studies, tools and support services to facilitate action on climate change opportunities and risks.

Designed to be user friendly, accessible and evidence based, the BCAT guides the user through an introduction to the concepts and science regarding climate change and then goes on to present a framework to help re-envision business activities so that they can reduce climate impacts and enhance resilience to the dangers of climate change. The toolkit will be available for free and is aimed at businesses operating in the Hamilton and Burlington area, but will contain resources of use to any business concerned about being “future proof”.

The BCAT grew out of a 2014 public engagement campaign by the City of Hamilton. This campaign, called “Let’s talk about the weather”, featured public workshops, events and newsletters to help identify challenges and potential solutions to address climate change in the region. In the Community Climate Change Action Plan (CCCAP) that resulted from this campaign, one of the 10 priority actions identified was to “create an accessible toolkit for businesses to assist with impact analysis and business continuity planning” in the context of a changing climate and low-carbon economy.

As a key partner in the development of the CCCAP, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington (SHB) applied for and received funding to develop this toolkit. In March 2018, SHB conducted a series of working groups to explore the common challenges and resources needed to integrate climate risk management and environmental management into business. The insights from these focus groups helped to inform the development of the BCAT, which aims to support local businesses in building a climate-resilient, low-carbon future for themselves and our communities.

Gathering in a classroom in the brand new Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College, SHB’s Project Coordinator for the Business Climate Action Toolkit, Mike Hager joined Andrea McDowell, Project Manager, Air Quality and Climate Change in Public Health Services at the City of Hamilton, to make the announcement and guide guests through a demonstration of the toolkit. After showcasing the structure, contents and history of the BCAT, the session finished with a tour of the Joyce Centre offered by representatives from the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk. Canada’s first net-zero carbon institutional building, the Joyce Centre showcases many of the concepts and trends explored in the resources catalogued by the BCAT.

“As the local hub for business sustainability resources, we’ve heard time and time again that local businesses have the will and desire to fight climate change,” says SHB Executive Director Kim Gutt, “but with busy schedules and a lack of guidance to deal with a complex, global issue, it’s difficult to get such a task off the ground. That’s where this toolkit comes in – it meets businesses ‘where they are’ in the development of their climate risk management strategy. Many of the resources are sector-specific and localized to Hamilton so that the user is not working off of assumptions. I’m very proud of the work that our staff, the City staff and countless businesses, volunteers and students have put in ensuring this tool has exactly what businesses were looking for when they brought this idea to the City several years ago.”

For more details about Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, or to find out more about Business Climate Action Toolkit, please visit www.sustainablehamiltonburlington.ca or www.businessclimateactiontoolkit.ca.

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To schedule an interview with Kim Gutt please contact:
Kim Gutt, Executive Director
Sustainable Hamilton Burlington
kim.gutt@sustainablehamiltonburlington.ca

Kim Gutt as Executive Director, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington websiteRoyal Botanical Garden lands photographed by Mark Zelinski, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington website