Who We Are
 
Clean Air Hamilton is a multi-stakeholder group dedicated to improving air quality in Hamilton's community. The group is committed to improving citizens' health and quality of life through communication and promotion of realistic, science-based decision-making and sustainable practices.
  
Formed in 1998, Clean Air Hamilton works to improve air quality in Hamilton by:
  • Initiating research on air quality
  • Providing information and advice to all levels of government
  • Encouraging emission reductions from all sources in Hamilton
  • Promoting behavioural changes amongst individuals living and working in Hamilton
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Vision Statement
 
"Clean Air Hamilton is an innovative, multi-stakeholder agent of change dedicated to improving air quality in our community. We are committed to improving the health and quality of life of citizens through communication and promoting realistic, science-based decision-making and sustainable practices."
 
Goals
 
Clean Air Hamilton has identified the following goals as a guide for future actions:
  • To improve air quality throughout the City and to meet all ambient air quality criteria;
  • To raise Clean Air Hamilton's visibility in the community and to be recognized as the authoritative voice on local air quality issues;
  • To galvanize broad-based support for a process and an action plan to improve air quality;
  • To provide information and advice that decision-makers value;
  • To influence decision-makers to choose sustainable practices and alternatives; and
  • To affect behavioural changes to improve air quality.
Strategic Activities in 2008 and Beyond
 
Clean Air Hamilton has identified nine strategic issues related to air quality improvements and climate change that the committee wishes to focus on over the next 2-3 years. These issues have been identified for research, communication and program activities by Clean Air Hamilton in collaboration with our partners:
 
  • Public Health Protection:  Bring an Air Quality Health Index to Hamilton; produce communications to citizens about the health effects of poor air quality, particularly on smog days and inversion days.


  • Active & Sustainable Transportation:  Encourage the use of active and sustainable means of energy-efficient transportation and encourage emissions reductions by moving away from single occupancy personal transportation.


  • Smart Drivers:  Reduce unnecessary idling of vehicles, reduce impacts of vehicle emissions, and reduce emissions from driving.


  • Air Quality Communications:  Continue to communicate on the impacts and sources of poor air quality, encourage behavioural changes, and increase support for Clean Air Hamilton.


  • Climate Change:  Provide a forum to discuss the linkages between climate change and air quality and encourage action to reduce climate change impacts in Hamilton.


  • Emission Reduction Strategies:  Develop a plan to reduce emissions from small, medium and large scale sources on "bad air" days, e.g., smog days.


  • Energy Conservation:  Encourage energy conservation by promoting best practices and by encouraging reducing wasteful uses of electricity. This promotion will make the connection between climate change and poor air quality.


  • Land Use Planning:  Encourage actions by the City through land use policies to promote reductions of emissions and improvements in air quality through better planning tools.


  • Tree Programs:  Develop a tree networking and tree inventory organization for all the tree planting activities across the City.


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