The Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association (HIEA) is a collective of local private sector industries who operate their facilities in a safe, responsible, and sustainable manner, and in a way which does not adversely impact neighbouring communities.
We encourage collaboration with each other and our community. For many years we engaged a Community Advisory Panel (CAP) who helped set the direction and priorities for HIEA and our member companies’ programs. These dedicated community members now provide an important dialogue between industry and the public through several Community Liaison Committees (CLCs) coordinated through the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).
HIEA members believe that today’s students are the future decision makers who will address the urgent nature of climate change, resource preservation, air pollution, and biodiversity loss. With a main focus on education for youth in the Hamilton community, HIEA provides continued financial support to several local not-for-profit environmental organizations as well as Mohawk College and McMaster University.
Dedication to continually improving environmental performance, HIEA member companies have invested almost $600 million on environmental capital improvements in the last 5 years (2015-2020), which is an average of almost $120 million per year. In 2019 HIEA member companies employed 7,285 people and paid over $15 million in municipal taxes.
Membership in HIEA and the communications between members has helped facilitate the development of an "industrial ecosystem." By purchasing each others' by-products and waste, and providing each other with raw materials and feed stock for new processes and products they are creating a more efficient, environmentally beneficial way of operating. Due to the ‘spatial clustering’ or the geographic proximity to one another, HIEA has formed this system-wide circular economy model that also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and dust emissions, improves traffic congestion and road safety, and prevents the ‘leakage’ of materials that leave the system as waste products.