An Overview

With roots going back forty years, the Conserver Society of Hamilton & District Inc.(a grass roots education and action organisation on environmental issues), grew out of CHOP (Clear Hamilton of Pollution) which started in 1969. Incorporation as a non-profit organisation followed in 1984. In the early 1990s local Chapters were formed (in Burlington, Ancaster, Flamborough, Hamilton and Dundas), functioning with a central Board of Directors which manages the Society’s business affairs. Chapters hold their own meetings, host workshops on environmental topics and pursue projects of local interest which promote a sustainable community. Past activities have included: composting programmes, bicycle paths, reduction of excess packaging, environmental education, and reduction of pesticide use. Board Committees have also participated in regional waste-management, air quality and transportation initiatives. The Society established an Environmental Trust, now known as the Ed Smee Conserver Society Environmental Fund and the Environmentalist of the Year Awards.   We have helped to limit urban sprawl and destruction of natural areas through our involvement in two Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) appeals; first, a successful appeal in Dundas in 1994 regarding the Pleasantview lands (a greenways link to the Niagara Escarpment) and in 2000–2001, along with Action 2020 and Citizens for a Sustainable Community, we appealed an urban boundary expansion amendment to the Regional Official Plan of Hamilton-Wentworth. Living in and around the Niagara Escarpment, all members… Read more »