Changemaker Labs for Green Youth!

Changemaker Labs for Green Youth!

The Changemaker Labs program drives climate action in Canada, supporting work-integrated learning (WIL) through partnerships between small- to mid-sized municipalities and motivated youth. It provides hands-on workshops, volunteering, career panels, content creation labs, and design sprint challenges.

Our program is rooted in the TransformWR Strategy – which guides Waterloo Region towards a low-carbon, equitable, and resilient community. Each term targets one of six transformative changes outlined in the plan for greenhouse gas reduction goals.

GO-Open Data Hackathon

On May 11th, University of Waterloo students were invited to participate in the GOODHack24 challenge held at Communitech in downtown Kitchener. The hackathon challenge offered a space for students to brainstorm, explore and develop innovative solutions at the intersection of open data, technology and local sustainable resources to support affected communities experiencing heat inequity.  

GOODHack24 was co-hosted by the City of Kitchener, Go Open Data (GOOD) and GreenHouse, a social incubator at United College. 

“Investing in youth in experiences like this is not only skill building and networking for them; it is an opportunity for municipalities to recruit and retain high-calibre students entering the workforce. The open data department at the City of Kitchener shared this worldview from the jump and was instrumental in co-creating a reciprocal and enjoyable hackathon." says Lily Viggiano, GreenHouse Senior Project Manager.

For the full article, click here!

Climate Leaders Food Systems Series
Begins Thursday May 23 from 2:00-4:00PM
Each month be part of the conversation and action on local food spaces. Listening to Indigenous knowledge, hands on gardening, food security discussions and a Strawberry social in May are just a few of the paths we will explore.

Green Initiative Series
Ongoing
Ad-hoc opportunities to participate in events, launch green ideas, and go on field trips on-campus and in community to better understand how to take local climate action. Register here!

Page will be continuously updated with initiatives and events at GreenHouse! Stay updated. 

Who should register?  

  • Post-secondary and grade 11 & 12 students as well as youth community members in Waterloo Region 

  • Students interested in learning and taking action on local climate efforts  

  • Folks looking to be part of an engaging and welcoming community!  

What to expect:  This is a free program designed to allow participants to tap into the opportunities that best suit their interests and schedule. No experience or previous knowledge required! 

  • Connect with industry experts, lifelong learners, GreenHouse alumni, and like-minded peers   

  • Develop your network and professional skill sets 

  • Gain a sense of hope and agency on climate matters by deepening your knowledge and taking action!   

All activities take place in person at GreenHouse (UTD 164 - United College).

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Partnerships and Instructional Opportunities

We welcome partnerships for educational activities and design sprint challenges. If you're interested in learning more or chatting about shared goals and priorities, please contact Lily Viggiano, Senior Project Manager, at lily.viggiano@uwaterloo.ca.  

We encourage municipalities, community organizations, advocates, educators, and volunteers to get in touch with us.