This year for Generation Green we will have 61 Youth Stakeholders from all over Halton, each student standing up for climate action and sustainability to create a generation of environmental stakeholders working toward a greener future.

What is Generation Green?

Generation Green Logo

Generation Green is a youth led initiative with the goal of engaging Halton students in climate action leadership, and supporting them in their commitment to greenhouse gas emission reductions in order to drive change and action in their communities. 

With the support of the Halton Climate Collective, each student will complete a project that reduces their community’s greenhouse gas emissions. The program launches at the Generation Green Youth Conference, where students are introduced to their community projects, and then concludes at the Wrap-Up Event, where students are given the opportunity to share their project and see what their peers accomplished.

Unfortunately, the 2019/20 Generation Green program has come to a close. To stay up to date on future opportunities, please subscribe to the Halton Climate Collective monthly newsletter (click here).  

Youth Conference: 2020/2021

The 2020/2021 Generation Green Program will include a Virtual Generation Green Conference, an event designed by youth for youth, where students are given the tools, resources, and inspiration to actively empower them to reduce Halton’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

On the day of the event, students are given the opportunity to hear from an outstanding line up of community experts, leaders, and engagers, who will educate and inspire youth through a keynote talk, panel discussion, and various workshops. At the end of the day, the students will go back to their communities and use the tools and skills that they learned to implement a community project that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They will then be asked to track and measure their impact, and report back in Spring 2020 with their results. 

For more information about the Youth Un-conference check out the Generation Green Youth Un-conference from 2019, click here.

Community Initiatives

Students who join Generation Green will be asked to implement an initiative in their community that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Students who successfully reduce their community’s greenhouse gas emissions will receive volunteer hours and a Certificate of Completion, and will be eligible to win one of our amazing prizes. As an added bonus, students are encouraged to align their initiatives with a school or science fair project. These projects will also look great on a resume or college/university application. 

In order to make this process as easy as possible, students will have full support from the Halton Climate Collective, as well as access to several resourceswebinars, and an opportunity for face to face meetings with HCC staff. The Halton Climate Collective staff will be following up with students in order to provide guidance and advice, and to avoid potential issues as much as possible. As such, each student is asked to submit three check-in forms. A member of the Halton Climate Collective will review each submission in order to ensure students are on the right track, and will provide individualized feedback. Please click on each link to complete the form. 

Contact Us

For any questions, comments, or concerns, students are encouraged to contact Alana Wong or Afreen Ghouse at the contact information below. They will be the primary points of contact for students and will be available to support students throughout the implementation of their initiatives.

Afreen Ghouse

Youth Co-ordinator

Afreen obtained a B.Sc. in Biology, with a minor in Psychology at Ryerson University. She co-founded Ryerson in Support of Red Cross to fundraise for global humanitarian issues and raise awareness for causes such as mental health, and food insecurity. After graduating, she volunteered with Halton Environmental Network to organize 5, 100 Debates on the Environment, one of which involved brainstorming a climate themed question with high school students to ask political candidates. Upon seeing their enthusiasm, she now aspires to be an advocate for the younger generation and provide them with the voice and necessary tools for climate action change. Utilizing her strength in event planning and passion for the environment, she hopes to engage communities in an interactive way to promote this message while working with Halton Climate Collective. She enjoys volunteering, reading books and anything superhero themed. 

Katrine Handley-Derry

Youth Co-ordinator

Katrine Handley-Derry graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s in environmental science, following undergraduate studies in Ecology and Film. Her passion is exploring how film can change people’s perceptions. Many of her experiences have involved engaging with the public in a number of ways: from being a Camp Director at Harbourfront, planning workshops to teach digital arts, to being part of the television show Daily Planet, bringing daily science programming to TV to spark the interest of children and adults alike. For the past 3 years, Katrine has worked for the Toronto International Film Festival on their Canada 150 project and then again in their Industry Services Department. Katrine produces promotional videos and promotion material. With her passion for engaging audiences, she traveled and lived abroad, developing my language skills in both French and Spanish. Outside of her academic and professional career, she is a landscape painter.

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