Sustainable Hamilton Burlington is a non-profit social enterprise serving the neighbouring cities of Hamilton and Burlington in Ontario, Canada. We are dedicated to inspiring sustainability leadership in our business organizations for a healthier environment and thriving, prosperous communities.

We believe that by enhancing the success of our most influential and impactful organizations, including businesses, institutions, and non-profit organizations, we will help create sustainable prosperity for the cities of Hamilton and Burlington overall.

Building on the highly successful template created by Sustainable Waterloo and employed in other Canadian cities, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington has been structured to meet the unique needs of our business community. Our approach is based on three key pillars: collaborative learning, measurable action and credible recognition of success.

We inspire businesses in Hamilton and Burlington to discover opportunities to grow and prosper by reducing their environmental impact and providing greater social value. We bring people together to learn from each other and to explore opportunities to work together. What’s more, our members know that what gets measured gets managed. Sustainable Hamilton Burlington members are provided with a wide range of supports to measure, set goals and report on their sustainability progress. Through the credible, third-party recognition provided by Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, our members are able to further expand their impact with employees and other stakeholders as well as the community at large.

With a growing number of companies measuring their sustainability achievements and preparing sustainability reports, we are sending a powerful signal to the world about our cities’ commitment to sustainable prosperity. Their good work spreading throughout the community is creating a ripple effect that leads to greater sustainability and prosperity for everyone.

Vision

We envision sustainable prosperity for Hamilton and Burlington: world-class cities with exceptional quality of life where people thrive in a healthy natural environment and a vibrant, resilient economy.

Mission

We inspire sustainability leadership within the area’s businesses and other organizations. By helping organizations to realize economic benefits of sustainable practices, we harness the influence of this sector to create measurable, community-wide positive change.

  • The reporting has become a dashboard for running the company better, as we are encouraged to look at many different areas besides financial data, such as our carbon footprint as a team, how diverse our staff is and the impact of our community involvement.

    Stephanie McLarty President and CEO, Refficient