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

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

Sustainable Hamilton Burlington partners with McMaster University and Mohawk College to enlist students enrolled in helping our members solve their sustainability issues.

Through our program, more than 200 students have participated in projects to find creative solutions for organizations trying to improve their sustainability performance. 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:

  • GHG benchmarking program for greenhouse growers
  • White paper on a new technology’s ability to address climate change as well as environmental impact, competing technologies, and public perception
  • Life Cycle Assessment to determine carbon footprint of product so carbon offsets may be purchased
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of healthcare business
  • Recycling Initiative including a waste reduction manual and a multi-stage plan to address the waste generated at the client’s special events
  • Waste management analysis and recommendations for new/better recycling containers
  • Waste Audit: Year two of a waste audit program
  • Energy reduction study: Reduce utilities consumed via improvements in HVAC, lighting, and insulation. Justify capital expenditures for the energy efficient technology
  • Energy Efficiency Audit: A multi-site broad scope audit from energy to HVAC efficiency

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