To inspire and empower sustainability leadership in our communities.
Creating a world with exceptional quality of life where [Hamilton, Halton and Niagara] communities thrive in a healthy environment & work together to build a vibrant, resilient local economy.
We connect community groups and businesses to foster knowledge sharing, generate collaborative opportunities and empower leadership.
Our brand will facilitate the development and expansion of sustainability leadership within local organisations, businesses and communities.
We will foster collaboration around sustainability between and within industry, local government, academia and NGO’s.
Authenticity, Accuracy and Honesty will be at the core of all we say and do.
Inspiring the development of future leaders by engaging youth and the community.
We place high priority on engaging youth to create the sustainability leaders of tomorrow, so they will have a voice in shaping organisations and a city where they will be able to live prosperous lives.
We work with communities to help them evaluate their actions, produce quantifiable impacts and communicate credible results.
Sustainability Leadership was originally launched as Sustainable Hamilton in June 2011 by Sandi Stride with the help of a Founding Board of Directors and small team of volunteers. One of the first actions was to recruit a cross-sectoral advisory committee to gain input from sustainability experts in academia, municipal and provincial government, NGOs, and businesses large and small.
This process allowed us to define our organisation’s goals, determine what type of resources we wanted to create and develop a membership based program (Sustainable Business Initiative, now known as Sustainability Leadership Program) for businesses looking for guidance, support and resources on their sustainability journey and credible recognition of their efforts and successes.
In January of 2016, our organisation joined Green Economy Canada which gave us access to extensive capacity-building resources and networking while retaining our own unique value proposition.
Created in partnership with the City of Hamilton, we also developed the Business Climate Action Toolkit (BCAT) in 2018, which 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.
Having just retired from Mohawk College, Sandi Stride returned to the organisation on an advisory basis to assist Rafiq Dhanji through his transition to Executive Director, an appointment announced in December 2019. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, Rafiq, Sandi and the Board of Directors set about developing a new strategy to evolve the Sustainable Business Initiative and address the social distancing restrictions required by the pandemic. They drew upon research and many conversations with members and the community to launch the Sustainability Leadership Program (SLP) in September at the rescheduled (due to Covid) Evening of Recognition. The launch was supported by a new brand and a new website. The transition to an entirely virtual operational model offered more accessibility to sustainability resources, support and events for our network, in the recently changing social climate.
Through its new Sustainability Leadership Program and many community partnerships, Sustainability Leadership is inspiring organisations of all kinds to do well by doing good – and contributing to a resilient, low-carbon economy.
The need for climate action is more clear than ever – and businesses can, should, and need to be part of that action if we are to get to the sustainable future we all want to see. Sustainability Leadership is part of a network of Green Economy Hubs across Canada supporting networks of businesses to set and achieve sustainability targets. Together, we’re demonstrating a more sustainable economy is possible.
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