Community-based Leadership in Sustainability

The CLS initiative was created as a joint initiative between a number of groups and organizations with the goal to develop a culture of sustainability through education, community engagement, and collaboration that inspires practical implementation. The central focus of the initiative is to host a series of educational and networking events between November 2014 and May 2015. The events will take a unique approach to teaching and learning about, as well as engaging in, sustainability that will provide value to individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, businesses, and the City alike. Furthermore, we hope that through this initiative, connections can be made, and new ideas generated that will provide benefit to the city of Hamilton as a whole.

One of the main objectives of the CLS initiative is to offer these educational and networking at events without barrier. The events are open to all and free of charge.


  1. Develop a culture of sustainability through education, community engagement, and collaboration that inspires practical implementation
  2. Form and foster a collaborative and formal working relationship between individuals, groups, institutions, and organizations who share a common mission to advance sustainability within the city of Hamilton
  3. Offer opportunities for sustainability education and involvement that is inclusive of various groups and individuals within the city’s diverse and unique communities
  4. Communicate and report on the outcomes of each event and the initiative as a whole

Schedule of Events

November 26, 2014
Love your streets: Hamilton's changing transportation network
Click here for event recap

January 15, 2015
Claiming Green: Fact or Greenwashing
Click here for event details

February 25, 2015
Green Buildings, Resource Conservation, and Urban Regeneration
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April 2, 2015
Green Jobs Networking Event



  • Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network;
  • Sustainable Hamilton;
  • McMaster’s Student Success Centre;
  • McMaster’s Committee on the Minor in Sustainability;
  • McMaster Faculty representative;
  • McMaster undergraduate student representative; and
  • McMaster’s Academic Sustainability Programs Office.

CLS Organizing Committee:

  • Maria Topalovic

  • Matthew Sweet

  • Peter Topalovic
  • Liz Nield
  • Jayde Liebersbach
  • Jay Carter
  • Kate Whalen