Enlisting the help of tomorrow’s sustainability leaders to address challenges today

One of SHB’s most powerful projects is the Collaborative Experiential Learning program, which helps to launch the careers of post-secondary students by giving them opportunities to gain valuable real-world experience.

The business leaders of tomorrow need a sustainability education that goes beyond the classroom. That’s why every year, we help provide opportunities to students enrolled in select McMaster University, Mohawk College, and Redeemer College University programs, by connecting them with local businesses and institutions with a sustainability-related challenge.

Through our program, more than 200 students have participated in projects to find creative solutions for organizations trying to improve their sustainability performance. In 2018 alone, we connected 52 students with experiential learning projects. This is truly a win-win-win collaboration that benefits the students, the client companies, and the community.

Seminar in progress, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington website

Some examples of projects completed are:

McMaster University, recognized by Sustainable Hamilton Burlington

Engineering and Management

  • Recreational Facilities Energy Audit
  • Precious Plastics Machine
  • Design Concept of Garden Wall Product
McMaster University, recognized by Sustainable Hamilton Burlington

Engineering and Society

  • Develop Standardized Energy Auditing Process/Tool
  • Water Harvesting Project

Masters of Business Administration

  • Proposal for Healing Garden
Mohawk College, recognized by Sustainable Hamilton Burlington

Environmental Technology

  • Waste Audit
  • Waste Diversion / Recycling Projects
  • GHG Baseline Inventory and Tracking Sheet
  • Energy Efficiency Audit

Industrial and utility partners can apply for student co-op and research positions through the Energy & Power Innovation Centre.


We are excited to welcome a new addition to our lineup of participating programs – Redeemer University College will be offering CEL students starting in the Fall of 2019!

Does your organization have a sustainability-related problem or opportunity?

We are always recruiting new member company projects for our students! If you would like more information on how you can participate, please contact us.

My group was able to help a local firm reduce their annual water usage by 8,000,000 litres, that significantly reduced their annual operating costs. In addition, a decrease in their water usage also greatly reduced any negative impacts on the local environment, this was a very rewarding experience.

Civil Engineering & Society Student