An Overview

The Conserver Society of Hamilton & District Inc. (incorporated in 1984) grew out of CHOP (Clear Hamilton of Pollution) which started in 1969.  In the early 1990s local Chapters were formed (in Burlington, Ancaster, Flamborough, Hamilton and Dundas), functioning with a central Board of Directors. Chapters held their own meetings, hosted workshops on environmental topics and pursued projects of local interest.  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, the Ed Smee Conserver Society Environmental Fund, and the Environmentalist of the Year Awards & Dinner.   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 share a wish to help preserve this natural heritage.   Join us: be on our board, present a project, or partner with us to protect and enhance the community of Hamilton.