GENERATION GREEN SUCCESS STORIES
With the support of the Halton Climate Collective, we had 46 projects completed by students throughout the community of Halton. These projects primarily focused on reducing emissions through driving less, planting more trees, eating less meat, using less energy, and sending less waste to landfill. The students collectively reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping total of…
…over 20.3 tonnes!!!
Through their Generation Green projects, each and every student participant successfully reduced their greenhouse gas emissions. No matter how big or small the amount, what’s important is that the students learned how their actions make a difference. We have heard from many students that they were shocked to find out the amount of greenhouse gases they were emitting, and by how easy it was to reduce this amount! We hope that the students have changed their habits in order to continue reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in their day to day lives, and that their projects will inspire you to act and join the Generation Green movement because after all, EVERY ACTION COUNTS!
Online Wrap-Up Event
On Friday March 20, Generation Green officially came to a close at the online Wrap-Up Event, where students were given the opportunity to share their projects and see what their peers accomplished. Watch a recording of the Wrap-Up Event below.
Below, we are showcasing all of the outstanding Generation Green projects that were completed in community. We are so impressed and proud of the students and all that they have accomplished. Please read below to see more information regarding each project, including project summaries, presentations, articles, and social media.
Rethink the Trinket - Laura
Schools emphasize the importance of young generations and teach them about positive change, broadcasting messages of compassion and respect towards the environment, yet they fall short when it comes to putting this into action. By undergoing impactful and meaningful change, however, students have the affirmation they can and do influence widespread issues such as climate change, reinforcing the lessons our schools aim to teach. Rethink the Trinket hopes to do just that by eliminating promotional plastic trinkets, specifically light-up toys sold at dances and fundraisers, throughout Halton District elementary schools. While the toys themselves are tiny, the impact of ending our reliance on them is massive - our one board alone would reduce over 10,000 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents, translating to a smaller contribution to the climate crisis, and reinforcing HDSB’s position as a leader in sustainability.
Laura’s project received First Place and Biggest Impact in Grade 11/12 Category.
Learn more about Laura’s project by checking out her presentation here, or by reading her article here.
Carpool Bonanza - Hannah and Jane
Carpool Bonanza is a Generation Green project evolved around transportation and the positive effects of carpooling on the reduction of GHG emissions. Hannah and Jane wanted to see how impactful carpooling was. We made the observation that many dancers at our studio were driving to dance by themselves, so we implemented our project into our dance community. The goal was to see the GHG reduction if 10 dancers carpooled once a week to our dance studio. So we got together a group that was interested and sent out 2 surveys to record all the data. We want this project to continue to raise more awareness of just how simple and effective carpooling is on our GHG emissions. We hope, in the future, to get youth involved from our schools and music community.
Hannah and Jane’s project received First Place and Biggest Impact in Grade 9/10 Category.
Learn more about Hannah and Jane’s project by checking out their presentation here.
The project was implemented at my school. Through this project, I intended to encourage my friends to participate actively in this initiative and make them understand their role in saving the planet. I also invited some of the teachers to join the cause. Besides, I also convinced my family to be part of my project and we agreed to reduce the usage of some of the electronic appliances in the home. The ultimate outcome of this project “Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions” was planned to be achieved through the following objectives:
• Reduced use of vehicles during weekends and after work among teachers at my school.
• Reduced screen time among students of my class.
• Reduced use of dishwasher, washing machine and drier in my home.
Ghazala’s project received First Place in Grade 7/8 Category
Learn more about Ghazala’s project by checking out her presentation here.
Zero - Bashshar and Vesa
Our mission at the company “Zero” is to reduce the amount of single-use disposable items used in the restaurant industry. Did you know that the annual cost of single-use plastic in the U.S. only is $75 billion! We are an IoT platform for renting out reusable items. This comes with a mobile app and a shelf that has a minor security system. One section of the shelf is for taking items, the other side is for returning. After you create an app account, you request a certain number of items you want to rent, then take the items (stored in your account). Next, return the items within 30 days. Why Zero? Well, people are asking for sustainable solutions that will reduce disposable item use so we’re attempting to make that easy by designing something that will fit right into your daily routine. Reusables in, disposables out 🙂
Bashshar and Vesa’s project received Second Place in Grade 11/12 Category.
Learn more about Bashshar and Vesa’s project by checking out their presentation here or their video here.
The Green Challenge - Chloe S.
My initiative was a series of eco-challenges on Instagram for the month of February. I posted a simple eco-challenge each day, such as going vegan or reducing single-use plastics. Participants completed each daily challenge and took photos of themselves in action. They then submitted the photo by Instagram DM or posted it on their account or story, tagging my account, @the.green.challenge. Each challenge they completed was an entry into a draw for an eco-friendly gift basket, to which the store Ecofillosophy generously contributed! Overall, not only did this initiative reduce the community’s GHG emissions, but it also made 91 people aware of how they can be a part of climate action!
Chloe’s project received Second Place, Most Creative, and Most Innovative in Grade 9/10 Category.
Learn more about Chloe’s project by checking out her presentation here, or by following her on Instagram @the.green.challenge.
Walking School Bus - Alex and Claire
By providing a walking school bus, we hoped that we could reduce carbon emissions, promote community, develop student confidence and independence, and encourage outdoor exercise at our school. There are three routes with captains and a couple parent volunteers that walk the routes in the morning. We believe it will have a lasting impact on our community and the environment! A student from another school asked us how to start the program and some students at our school brought garbage bags to pick up trash they saw throughout the walk. We are incredibly proud of the impact that our school’s Walking School Bus is having on our environment and community!
Alex and Claire received Second Place and Most Creative in Grade 7/8 Category.
Learn more about Alex and Claire’s project by checking out their video here, or by reading their article here.
Oakville Business Youth - Rory and Uzair
In the evening after the Un-conference, we both were searching for ways to reduce carbon footprint in our community. This brainstorming session led us to analyze various sources of carbon emission, but one factor stood out in every research: businesses. We were ready to tackle climate change from its roots by making businesses in Oakville adapt practices that complemented environmental sustainability, instead of destroying humankind's immensely precious resource, nature. The two of us, having knowledge of business limited to high school textbooks and case study competitions only, didn’t think for a second that we would be unsuccessful in our plan. It was our passion, and Halton Climate Collective’s support, that provided us with the confidence and resources to take a shot. This plan focused on several important factors that impacted the emissions of both restaurants that agreed to collaborate with us. The factors included transportation, waste, energy, and food consumption. Overall, our project acted as a consulting firm where two youngsters assisted businesses choose environmentally sustainable practices and thus, market their success to customers and earn profits.
Uzair and Rory’s project received Third Place and Most Creative in Grade 11/12 Category.
Learn more about Rory and Uzair’s project by checking out their presentation here, by reading their article here, or by following them on Instagram @OakvilleBusinessIY.
For my community initiative, my family and I reduced our GHG emissions in several ways. We tried walking instead of driving wherever possible and decreasing the use of some appliances. We participated in this project from December 2019 until March 2020, and we will continue to implement it more in our home and our community. I chose this project as I know that small changes can make big impacts. Hence, I wanted to apply that same mindset to this project for my family to be even more sustainable and ecologically friendly. We reduced our home’s GHG emissions as we conserved more energy and water by decreasing our use of these utilities throughout this project. Initially, I tracked our regular activities and later, our implemented ‘green’ activities in a spreadsheet. In the end, I calculated GHG emissions for our regular activities and the overall reduction in our GHG emissions accordingly. These changes seemed small, yet had a significant impact on our family’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Tanvi’s project received Third Place in Grade 9/10 Category.
Learn more about Tanvi’s project by checking out her presentation here, or by reading her article here.
Green Anatomy - Jack, John, Katie, and Will
For our project we are trying to make lunches at our school more environmentally friendly by reducing the GHG emissions used to prepare and deliver the food. Every week a food provider comes to our school and brings no environmentally friendly foods. We are working to make it more environmentally friendly by changing the food provider to Freshii.
Jack, John, Kate, and William’s project received Third Place and Biggest Impact in Grade 7/8 Category.
Learn more about Jack, John, Kate, and William’s project by checking out their presentation here, by reading their article here, or by following them on Instagram @green.anatomy.
Automation in Aquaponics - Dorian
Automation in Aquaponics is my solution to the problem of cycling water in aquaponics systems. I’ve created a transferable framework composed of sensors, a central server for data processing and information relay and an application that will allow those with the application to see the nutrient level of the water. This saves time and money by making aquaponics businesses more efficient. I designed my solution for NewLeaf CEA which is an aquaponics company that serves a local community in Cambridge, Ontario with fresh produce. Buying local produce lowers the carbon footprint of the customer and my innovation makes the business more efficient, thus able to serve more people.
Dorian’s project received Most Innovative in Grade 11/12 Category.
Learn more about Dorian’s project by checking out his presentation here, or by reading his article here.
Vegan Mondays - Razeen
Social activism is very important to me. By creating a website I am able to encourage people to go vegan which will not only help reduce greenhouse gases but it is also a social conscience way of eating. The name of my website is “Vegan Mondays”. This project invites people to eat 2 vegan meals on Mondays and then calculate the reduction in greenhouse gases by going vegan.
Razeen’s project received Most Innovative in Grade 7/8 Category.
Learn more about Razeen’s project by checking out his presentation here, watching his video here, or visiting his website here.
Hi! My name is Alexia, and for my project, I decided to reduce the amount of meat that I ate for the month of February. I recorded all the meat I ate during the month of January (chicken, pork, lamb, beef, etc.) and during the month of February, I decided to replace all the meat with beans, quinoa and chickpeas as alternatives. This project helped me realize that even if it hard to transition from eating meat every single day to eating plant-based meals instead, it is healthier and most importantly, really good for the environment.
Learn more about Alexia’s project by checking out her presentation here.
Amal and Sarah
We knew that water waste is a big issue and relates to climate change, specifically global warming. We wanted to find ways to stop water waste within our school and community, and that’s how we conducted our project.
Learn more about Amal and Sarah’s project by checking out their presentation here.
My project was a two part project. The first part was to change all the 60 watt incandescent light bulbs to 12 watt LED light bulbs. The second part was to try to reduce the time that I used light bulbs in my house. My project was a simple and efficient project. I changed all the incandescent bulbs to LED. I used them all for about an average of 4.5 hours in a day, with the total coming to 94 hours out of the 504 hours in 21 days, with the 60 watt bulbs. I used the 12 watt LED bulbs for about an average of 4 hours in a day with the total coming to 83 hours out of the 504 hours in 21 days. That may not be a big number but it does make a small difference.
Learn more about Ananya’s project by checking out her presentation here.
I aimed to reduce my carbon emissions in two ways: first, I replaced all my dairy milk consumption with soy milk, and secondly, I began carpooling with two friends to school in the morning. Both of my projects proved to be successful, and through my actions, I helped offset my GHG emissions.
Learn more about Andrei’s project by checking out his presentation here.
Butts on the Bus - Clayton
Replace regular car trips with bus rides to and from home and school, and to and from work, which will help reduce emissions as the Oakville Transit buses run with, or without passengers. As I track my emission reduction, I can use this data to help inspire others to make the change. Every person on the bus will be saving a certain amount of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from being released into our environment.
This will be taking place over the course of a week, afterwards I will calculate how many emissions are saved by taking the bus to school or to work as opposed to driving. Once I have those numbers, I can easily calculate how the impact could expand if more than one person were to do the same thing.
Learn more about Clayton’s project by checking out his presentation here.
The Project was a project based off of transportation emissions that my class generated. The first step was to collect data on how they get to school. I did not manage to collect all 28 students as I could not persuade the rest of them to register their information. I created a presentation which I will present to my class when we return to school. The next step is to create a chart where teachers can log how many periods or minutes a day their lights are on. In hopes to reduce the use of lights. I will also create a presentation to present the emissions as well as present ways to reduce emissions.
Learn more about Charlotte’s project by checking out her presentation here.
Me and my family (total of four) tried three different diets for five days each: Our regular meat diet, a pescatarian diet, as well as a vegetarian diet, and I calculated the total emissions from each meal to see which diet produced the least amount of emissions. Our diet with the least amount of emissions was our vegetarian diet.
Learn more about Chloe’s project by checking out her presentation here.
Clothes and Book Swap - Olivia
For my project, I did a clothes and book swap. We had four days of collecting and swapping. The first few days of collecting we didn't get as many clothes as we expected but as the days went on we started getting more clothes. One of the days, the Halton District School Board came in to film our process and we were included in a series they have called “Director's Cut'', which is when they highlight different things in the school board. One of the episodes was about schools and the environment. (Click here to watch the video.) Our school was included in a bunch of clips but I thought it was very cool that the clothes and book swap that my eco team and I organized. We ended up collecting 42 pounds of clothes and books.
Learn more about Olivia’s project by checking out her video here.
Clothing Drive - Daisy
My project is a gently used clothing drive (shoes, bags, and accessories) which was run at my local high school over the span of a week. I collaborated with my school’s Eco Council for this initiative and we plan to distribute all donations to various secondhand stores such as Plato's Closet, Value Village and Goodwill after the break. In order to minimize the possibility of the donations ending up in the landfill, as well, any profit that is earned will be redirected into the school community through future Eco Council projects (e.g Climate/Butterfly Garden). 5 large garbage bags of donations have been collected so far (over 25 kg), and I am hoping to have around 75-100kg by the end of the drive.
Learn more about Daisy’s project by checking out her presentation here, or by reading her article here.
EARTH - Annika, Bianca, Maija, and Nina
We call our Generation Green Initiative EARTH (Encourage Action Ready To Help). We decided on two initiatives 'metal/battery drive' and 'neighborhood clean-up' as these two initiatives were very grass root and were a good start for our team. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our clean-up to spring due to a snowstorm. Nevertheless, we learned a lot about what is required to organize, run, and complete a project and this will be very beneficial when we will do our ‘spring’ clean-up and any future projects. All together, we think this was a good first attempt at emission reduction and we are happy we did it.
Learn more about Annika, Bianca, Maija, and Nina’s project by checking out their presentation here, or by following them on Instagram @earth_gengreen.
EcoOakville - Dara, Hadia, Josie, Julia, Veronica, and Yusuf
Our project is based in our school community and our goal is to reduce GHG emissions by cutting down on light consumption. We noticed that our school tends to use the lights on a daily basis, for long periods of time. Even on sunny days, our classrooms would have all the lights on. Our goal was to lessen light usage by incorporating a school challenge into with that included a prize. By having this challenge we motivated students and staff and we managed to save over 400 kilowatts of light and the associated GHG emissions.
Learn more about Dara, Hadia, Josie, Julia, Veronica, and Yusuf’s project by checking out their presentation here, or by following them on Instagram @OakGreenTeam.
For the first part of my project I monitored the use of my hair dryer and clothes dryer for 32 days. For the next 32 days my family stopped using both products. We hung the clothes instead and I used a towel to dry my hair. The idea for the second part of my project is that every second break during the week of Earth Day we turn off the lights everywhere. We would save a lot of energy. It would also be the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day. The third part of my project involves educating. The more people we educate, the more people can help. My friend and I created three posters for Recycling, the Green Bin and the Garbage Bin. Then we went around our entire school presenting our little presentation about the importance of recycling.
Learn more about Emma’s project by checking out her presentation here.
My project was to show people the benefits of LED lights in an attempt to make them switch. I targeted adults for this project, mostly my mother’s friends and coworkers. I did this because it is very easy to make the switch and can help reduce emissions without changing their lifestyle. I made a survey with questions that gave me information like what bulbs they had, and gave my mom the survey to give to her co-workers and friends in order to calculate the GHG emissions. The next steps are to continue to spread the word about the benefits of LED lights.
Learn more about Jedd’s project by checking out his presentation here, or by reading his article here.
Less Screen More Green - Kevin
The Less Screen More Green project was created with the goals of reducing greenhouse emissions while at the same time encouraging social interactions. There are three steps. 1: Record the screen usage time of a particular electronic device for one day. 2: For the next day, reduce the screen consumption by at least 50% compared to the previous day. 3: Submit the results and then celebrate! If you are really passionate there is also the option to repeat the process as much as you wish, increasing the reduced screen time and energy consumption. As a side benefit this will also force people to take time off from their phones and connect with those around them, as cheesy as it sounds. Many people are heavily reliant and distracted by their personal devices now more than ever, and encouraging a break once in a while is an extra bonus of the project.
Learn more about Kevin’s project by checking out his video here, or by reading his article here.
Let's Save Trees - Jumana
Let’s Save Trees is a project my family and I have done to reduce the usage of paper. We started it because we realized that we have a huge carbon footprint that kept increasing due to our enormous usage of paper. We tried this initiative to see if we could lessen our impact and successfully we did! This project's purpose is to showcase people that using our devices instead of paper decreases our carbon emissions by huge amounts. This project also inspires people to use their electronics instead of paper as it is much faster to type in and is less harmful to our environment.
Learn more about Jumana’s project by checking out her presentation here, or by reading her article here.
Oakville Climate Team - Rida and Teesha
Our Generation Green Initiative was to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by decreasing the usage of paper throughout our school. Our goal was to eliminate 35% of GHG Emissions. We exceeded our expectations by reducing 78.94% of our Emissions. We wanted to do this Initiative because of the Australian Wildfires and the deforestation they initiated. We noticed that most projects were focused on plastic. We asked some groups what their solutions were and they came at the cost of our trees. Our Earth already loses 7 billion trees annually, and nobody really acknowledges this problem, so we decided to reduce that number in our community. Our project made an impact by making teachers think about the pages they were printing and how many were actually necessary. We think our project was a success and we will keep encouraging our school to reduce paper.
Learn more about Rida and Teesha’s project by checking out their presentation here, by reading their article here.
For my Generation Green project I decided I wanted to do something that could reduce the amount of plastic bags used in my house. Over the last few months I worked with everybody in my family and we all put in an effort to try and reduce the number of plastic bags used in my house.
Over the month of January I recorded the amount of plastic bags used in my house. Then during the month of February my family and I worked very hard to reduce the amount of plastic bags we used. I chose to reduce the number of plastic bags in my house because I realized that my family uses a lot of plastic bags on a daily basis and I know that plastic does a lot of harm to our environment. So I reduced the number of plastic bags that my family used for the month of January and we do not intend on stopping in the future.
Learn more about Olivia’s project by checking out her presentation here.
Pam Damoff's Youth Council - Luka, Katie, Raihaana, and Sara
Pam Damoff's 2019-2020 Youth council which is made up of around 30 students from various schools around Oakville and North-Burlington and various grades teamed up in their last meeting to commit to carpooling to our next meeting and to go meatless once a week for 5 weeks. Together in our last meeting we discussed taking these initiatives further than this project and continue reducing our meat consumption and carpooling for the next few meetings! We also discussed the economic difference between the two project which offered a different view to why people should also commit to carpooling! But also why it is hard for people to commit to going vegan or vegetarian because it can be more expensive to find vegetarian protein supplements.
Learn more about Luka, Katie, Raihaana, and Sara’s project by checking out their presentation here, or by following them on Instagram @pamdamoffyouthcouncil.
Pen Drive - Eila and Shirley
We organised an initiative called the Pen Drive at our high school from Febuary 7th to Febuary 20th. The Pen Drive is an event which students and staff members will have the opportunity to bring their used pens, markers and other writing utensils for recycling. All items were brought to TerraCycle where they will be recycled and remade into other usable items such as park benches. With each pen donated, the donor received a raffle ticket into a raffle, and winners were drawn at the end of the event to receive prizes from various companies in the community. This project is implemented in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within our community. It is inspired by the Pen Recycling Program at TerraCycle and Sheridan Mission Zero. First, we called and emailed companies for donations, and collected 14 prizes from five eco-friendly companies. Then we began promoting the event through posters, announcements and social media. During the event, we went around the school, visiting teachers' offices, and sorting through marker bins in classrooms. To make this event successful, we collaborated with our school's Eco Council, and over 25 members volunteered to help out with the drive. The Pen Drive was set up during lunch in our school atrium. Volunteers sat at a table and kept track of the number of people who donated, the number of pens collected, types of pens and raffle tickets. We also collected pens at a local elementary school. In total, we collected over 4000 writing utensils and prevented them from entering the landfill! We are continuing our drive by setting up pen collection boxes around our school, and hope to spread the Pen Drive to other schools as well.
Learn more about Eila and Shirley’s project by checking out their video here, or by reading their article here.
Welcome to my Generation Green Initiative! For my initiative, I decided to tackle three main sources of emissions. They are very common and easy to reduce. These sources were transportation, electrical usage and food consumption. For transportation I eliminated any carpooling or driving I used to do and decided to walk and bike. It’s a simple, common yet an extremely eco-friendly task that is also good for YOU as you get some exercise. For electrical usage, our family set a goal to reduce the amount of electrical usage in our homes. We used to average five hours because we kept on forgetting to turn off the lights and it was pointless. But, after using a chart, we began to become more mindful and started averaging 2-3 hours. Finally, food consumption. Our family is vegetarian and I was always curious to see the total impact we’ve made as a family so for my next initiative, I included my total impact and because I’ve stopped drinking milk, I included that in my final total as well. Overall, I had so much fun doing this project and thanks for checking my page out!
Learn more about Swayam’s project by checking out his presentation here.
Treat for a Tree - Aishwarya, Janya, and Nawal
Aishwarya had gone to the Generation Green Youth Un-Conference and was inspired to put out an initiative at her school. She started the Eco-Club at her school to engage the students in putting out this initiative. The Eco-Club was very supportive! She along with Janya, Nawal, and the Eco-Club are putting out a project called 'Treat for a Tree'. They are raising funds by selling baked vegan goods at their school and donating that money to the One Tree Planted Organization. The One Tree Planted Organization is a non-profit organization that plants trees around the world. They decided to donate the money to planting mangrove trees as mangrove trees sequester 3-10x more carbon than all other trees. This project goes to show that anyone can make a difference and that every single action counts! Janya wrote an amazing article about this project which you can read on Instagram @woss_ecoclub. Nawal drew a beautiful art piece to go along with the article as well! All of them are hoping and doing their best for a sustainable and carbon-free future. The Eco-Club which Aishwarya started is thriving and they hope to do more and more projects just like this one!
Learn more about Aishwarya, Janya, and Nawal’s project by checking out their presentation here, or by following them on Instagram @woss_ecoclub.
Walk on Wheels Day - Bassant and Kareem
We tried in this project to understand the GHG emissions contributing factors, and how we can help to reduce them. My brothers and I chose to walk to school instead of being dropped off by car every day, which was a lot of fun and for a good cause. We talked to our school office about such an initiative and they now have one day every week as Walk on Wheels Day, whenever the weather allows. If we continue to create awareness and help other families to do the same, that will be of a great impact and considerable amount of reducing GHG emissions. We just need to change our habits for a better future!
Learn more about Bassant and Kareem’s project by checking out their presentation here.
Walking Instead of Driving - Eva
My house is nearby my school, so I walk to school every day. Since I usually walk, I noticed that the cars were producing so many exhausts when they drive. Driving less is good for the environment, so I choose to work with the topic Walking Instead Of Driving. I made a website of my topic based on my research: https://sites.google.com/view/walkinginsteadofdriving. In the website, it tells us why we should choose to walk when we are not going too far), disadvantages of driving too often, and about greenhouse gas emissions. This problem is all around us, but few people have noticed it. So, I want to let more people notice this problem, to know more about how it is affecting the environment. To change this problem, it's very easy and everyone can do it. My purpose is to appeal to everyone to help a bit, and the environment would get much better.
Learn more about Eva’s project by checking out her website here.
“I’d like to thank you for all the help, support, and guidance you provided [us] with throughout the course of our project. I mean it when I say: we couldn’t have done it without you. Generation green has been a resounding success and I think it’s reflective of all of the hard work that was put in behind the scenes. Great work and congratulations!”
“I really enjoyed the journey of this project and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity!”
“We are so pumped to continue our project towards our larger community here in Oakville! Thank you so much for helping us along the way! This event has brought us so much joy and making us feel good of our positive impact! We will definitely like to keep in touch with you and your awesome team. Anything for the environment!”
“GenGreen was an amazing experience and I am so glad I got to be a part of it.”
“First off, a giant thank you to you for all you have done with the Generation Green project! It was a real life changing experience for me personally. The inspiration and the people I met there have created a real impact!”
“I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done in helping my group members and I getting back on track. You and the rest of your team have inspired us to continue what we have started and I can’t wait to do so much more with what I have learned, thank you again.”