Clean and Green

2016 Action Recommendations

6.0 Clean and Green

Discussions focused largely on how individuals can make changes in their daily lives while also encouraging neighbourhoods and organizations to take action to make change. Food security and sustainability were also major topics.

6.1 Local Food Awareness and Food Security

  1. Support initiatives like 541 Eatery and Exchange and develop incentives for local businesses to sell/purchase local products.
  2. Increase the connection between food producers and communities so as to reduce the barriers to local food communities.
  3. Create education programming focused on access to local food and put programming into place where people are interacting with food.
  4. Promote local food through campus communications, community newspapers, social media, and other means, focused on a campaign of awareness to buy locally and buy in season.
  5. Create resources and workshops on how to cook with local produce.
  6. Establish McQuesten Urban Farm and support social entrepreneurs.
  7. Market healthy foods to kids and families, promoting food as a social activity.
  8. Find convenient places to sell healthy foods so that they are more accessible.
  9. Provide healthy food at food banks.
  10. Teach broadly about food security and access to healthy and affordable food, including how to eat in season.
  11. Build a food network that encourages collaboration between groups and provides centralized information on local food, food security, and sustainable food systems, while also encouraging alignment of donations and targeted investment towards gaps in the system.
  12. Use data and technology to connect people to our food system.
  13. Tie food education to skills around math, entrepreneurship, local economies, and community building.
  14. Build awareness of non-native foods that grow in a warming climate and tie to immigrant communities who know how to grow and cook these foods.
  15. Encourage residents to grow their own food by providing training and skill-building opportunities.
  16. Grow local food on campus and continue to find ways to connect students to healthy food.
  17. Build connections between campus-based food programs and community food programs.
  18. Include food measures on the new Community Dashboard being developed by the City of Hamilton.
  19. Place community gardens and community food banks in the same location.

6.2 Encourage Sustainable Lifestyle Changes

  1. Recognize bad habits and change them. Raise awareness when a practice isn’t eco-friendly.
  2. Create policies and processes that encourage proactive change throughout the community, and show the costs of not changing in dollars and cents. Increase awareness about policies and projects so that people know how to get involved.
  3. Create a sustainability incubator for the development of science and technology around environmental remediation, pollution control, and community impacts.
  4. Establish a community commitment to change that includes positive feedback on progress.
  5. Communicate SUCCESS through storytelling to encourage action.
  6. Create a strategy for cradle to grave waste/product management.
  7. Launch a campaign on the intrinsic value of the environment.
  8. McMaster University needs to get proper recycling and composting systems into the new David Braley Health Sciences Centre and lead by example.
  9. City of Hamilton needs to ensure that recycling and composting systems exist in all facilities.
  10. Make change an expected social practice (e.g. bring your water bottle).