HIEA implements and sponsors a number of local community programs and initiatives, including:

Current Supported initiatives

Children's Water Festival: The Children's Water Festival is a project of the Water and Wastewater Division, Public Works, City of Hamilton. This festival has approximately 30 activities geared to water conservation, water science and technology, water awareness and water protection. This three day event brings 2,400 Grade 4 students, 200 secondary students and 100 volunteers together to enjoy hands-on educational activities that support the Ontario Curriculum including the new 2007 Ontario Science and Technology curriculum. Completing activities through hands-on activities ensures that students learn to respect water and the environment while having fun. For more information about this project visit: www.hamilton.ca/childrenswaterfestival

Sustainable Hamilton: HIEA became an Associate Reporting Partner in 2012.

Yellow Fish Road: HIEA continues to work together with the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and is pleased to provide our support for this valuable project. Each year our member companies look at ways we can help improve our local environment and increase public awareness and education.

RBG Green Angels Program: The Green Angels program was created so all children, regardless of their family’s financial situation, have the opportunity to fall in love with nature. Support to this program will provide Hamilton area disadvantaged and special needs children with school and outdoor nature education programming free of charge

McQuesten Urban Farm: The McQuesten Urban Farm project comes out of the McQuesten Neighbourhood Action Plan as a key action to promote greater food security for neighbourhood residents and to improve the overall parks and green space within the neighbourhood.  The farm is located on an unused parcel of City-owned land and is a partnership between the City, SPRC of Hamilton (our charitable partner) and the McQuesten Community Planning Team.  The farm will make affordable fresh produce available to neighbourhood residents, enhance an urban greenspace with native trees and plants and provide food and environmental education programming. In total, there will be over 70 large-sized trees, 400 shrubs and 1500 native perennials planted on the site to provide pollinator habitat, shade, wind break and food and medicinal products.

Past Supported Initiatives

Adopt-a-Creek: HIEA was pleased to support BARC in this renewed program. Our CAP members, HIEA member representatives and their friends adopted 2 sections of Langs Creek in 2009. The clean up that occurred was beneficial to the environmental health of urban creeks, valley corridors and ultimately, Hamilton Harbour. This program targets both urban homeowners and high school students in order to engage both groups in activities that are beneficial to the environmental health of urban creeks, valley corridors and ultimately, Hamilton Harbour.

Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair: The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is an annual event that provides an opportunity for grades 7-12 students to showcase thier talents and ingenuity in Science and Technology. Our members were pleased to show our support for this event with a silver sponsorship.

Birding Platform: HIEA provided funding for the migratory bird lookout platform and the interpretative signage at Fifty Point Conservation Area. It is expected that over 400,000 people per year will become more aware of this globally significant ecological site as a result of the signage and platform unveiled in September 2014.

In 2013 HIEA's members have stepped up to provide the support to build a birding platform at 50 Point Conservation Area and the interpretive signage for it and the Confederation Park platform. This project will help increase awareness about the uniqueness of the Hamilton area as an Internationally Important Birding Areas and allow visitors to view migrating pelagic birds. For more information about this an other projects visit: www.conservationhamilton.ca

Commuter Challenge: HIEA helps organize Hamilton's Commuter Challenge every year, and was one of the main sponsors of the event in 2003.

Earth Day Hamilton Eco-Festival: Since 1999 HIEA has helped Hamilton area students increase their environmental knowledge by providing over $32,000 in sponsorship funding and by participation in the annual Earth Day festival.

Greenbelting: Since 1999, HIEA has invested almost $135,000 in it's multi-year Greenbelting program by planting dozens of trees that clean the air by removing wind-blown dust, and help beautify neighbourhoods.

Green Venture: HIEA was pleased to support the redevelopment of the EcoHouse interpretive signage. For more information about Green Venture and their projects check their website or visit the EcoHouse at 22 Veevers Drive, Hamilton. For more information about this an other projects visit: www.greenventure.ca

Hamilton Conservation Authority and Hamilton Conservation Foundation: HIEA has provided funding to the Conservation Authority and its foundation to provide educational programs for Hamilton's youth including the Grow Green Program and Junior Conservationist programs.

Hamilton Naturalist Club: HIEA has provided support for two programs: The ECO Art project and The Land's Inlet Nature Project: Restoring Nature in Hamilton's North End. For more information about the Lands Inlet project visit: www.hamiltonnature.org/HLT/LandsInlet.htm

Mohawk College: HIEA sponsors two bursaries at Mohawk College. Students who are enrolled in the Chemical Engineering Technology - Environmental Program and the Environmental Technician with or without Co-op Internship Program are eligible to apply. For more information about these bursaries please check the Mohawk College website

Outdoor Education: Since 2000, HIEA has donated $126,000 to sponsor outdoor environmental education for Hamilton's lower city elementary schools.

Open House: The public met HIEA and community representatives at HIEA's first Open House, in April 2003.

Upwind Downwind Conference: This bi-annual conference is held to allow participants to explore different aspects of air quality and how our community may be affected.

The 2016 Upwind Downwind Conference: Air Quality, Climate Change and the Anthropocene took place on Monday February 22nd, 2016 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Hamilton. The Anthropocene – Age of Man – is the slice of Earth’s history during which people and human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s ecosystems.

The 2016 conference will explore topics such as climate change and health impacts, the regional and local economic impacts of climate action, innovative and citizen focussed forms of local air monitoring, airshed modelling of cities, and local sustainable forms of transportation.