Our Future Hamilton is an environmentally sustainable place where...
- A flourishing natural environment enriches the quality of life for community members.
- Organizations take a leadership role and operate in a sustainable manner.
- Everyone has a deep understanding and respect for the natural environment and its important contribution to our lives.
- Foster pride in and protect Hamilton’s unique natural environment including its waterfronts, waterfalls, escarpment and other natural areas.
- Enhance and maintain trails so people can enjoy Hamilton’s greenspaces and natural amenities.
- Protect wildlife and plant habitats.
Leadership & awareness
- Integrate environmental education and stewardship across the city to instill a respect for the environment.
- Encourage governments, institutions, schools and businesses to demonstrate leadership by operating with, and promoting, environmentally sustainable practices.
Recognize indigenous knowledge and values in respecting the natural environment.
- Consider the environment in decisions about growth and development.
- Re-purpose past industrial or commercial locations (brownfields) as a preferred alternative to using undeveloped or rural spaces (greenfields).
- Reduce and eliminate pollution so that everyone has clean air, water and land.
- Reduce harmful health, environmental and economic impacts of waste - reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Use clean energy to protect our air quality and reduce our contributions to global climate change.
- Improve public transportation and active transportation options to reduce our impact on the environment.
- Improve buildings and operations to reduce energy use.
- Maintain clean streets and public areas where people do not litter.
Signs of success
- We consume less energy,
- We use clean energy,
- We send less waste to landfills,
- Streets and natural areas are clean and free of litter.
- Brownfields are redeveloped,
- We drive less and walk, bike or use public transportation,
- Public transportation uses clean energy,
- We reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
- Air quality has improved,
- Environmentally Significant AreasEnvironmentally Significant Areas (ESAs) are natural areas that have been identified as significant and worthy of protection based on three criteria. (ecology, hydrology, and geology). are protected and rehabilitated,
- Hamilton plants more trees,
- Water in the harbour and streams is clean.
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