Our Story

Established in 2007, we are a community-driven, nonpartisan, registered charity. Through awareness, advocacy and action initiatives, we work with all sectors to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and to create a  healthier, more environmentally responsible Burlington. 


On November 18, 2007, Burlington resident, Kurt Koster sent a media release to the Burlington Post with an aim to recruit citizens to form a local advocacy group to speak up for the rights of the environment.

A handful of passionate individuals gathered (Kurt Koster, Amy Schnurr, Susan Fraser, Marnie Mellish, Ann & Ron Oatman, Cathy Ridsdale, Marianne Meed-Ward and Donna Fraser), grassroot efforts took hold, and BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association was born. Since that time, our team has grown, welcoming the valuable contributions of many and our work has expanded to keep pace with the increasing demands that come with a city that is reaching its growth capacity.

We are a welcoming, inclusive organization. Our primary team consists of a volunteer Board of Directors, an Executive Director and  program staff, which varies in size depending upon the amount of funds we have to work with.

While we collaborate with the City of Burlington on some projects and initiatives, we are not affiliated with the City itself.  We operate very lean and spend every dollar wisely and are a registered Canadian charity. The participation and contribution of our many volunteers, along with funding from grants, sponsors and donations from the community, is vital to the strength & sustainability of our organization.

How We Work

We provide a dedicated voice for the environment to inform and influence public policy. Our work is based on research and a good understanding of the facts, presented with a solution-focus. Our goal is to protect and improve the health of the environment. We collaborate with the community, residents, businesses, organizations, advocates and governments to ensure the rights of the environment are respected.

In addition to our local advocacy work, we make direct and tangible improvements to the local environment through the delivery of a wide variety of impactful programs, events and services. In January, 2018 we launched our “Branching Out” strategic plan to guide our work over a 5 year period. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held annually in May and includes a presentation of our agency’s efforts, impact report, partnerships and financials.


Funding Support

BurlingtonGreen is a Canadian registered charity. Our work to protect the natural environment and make Burlington a cleaner, greener, more environmentally responsible city would not be possible without financial contributions from various individuals, sponsors and grant agencies that support our mission.

We want supporters to be proud and confident in the way we use donations and have measures in place to ensure we are transparent and accountable, such as careful tracking of our sources and use of funds, a yearly independent financial audit and a privacy policy to respect our donor information.

*The acceptance of funding is done at the sole discretion of the Executive Director & Board of Directors based on a donor review process. Donor and Sponsor recognition for funds received are not to be considered nor represented as an endorsement of the contributor’s mandate, policies, services or products.

To learn how you can become a supporter, please visit our donation page. For corporate donations and sponsorship opportunities please contact our Donor Engagement & Philanthropy Manager.


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