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In the Green Chair

In the Green Chair

By Relay Education

Learn about green careers from inspiring people who help the planet. Each episode we talk to a different person, so you can learn about the various jobs and topics in the green economy.

A podcast by Relay Education, a charity which delivers education programs about the renewable energy and the environment. Hosted by Ana Garza.
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Art for social change with Benjamin Von Wong
Art for social change with Benjamin Von Wong
In The Green Chair with Benjamin Von Wong, an artist and photographer. In this episode, we discuss Benjamin’s career as an artist, photographer and sculptor and how he is on a mission to create art that amplifies positive social change. Benjamin creates complicated images and symbolic sculptures by combining everyday objects with shocking statistics to bring about awareness on topics such as ocean plastics and electronic waste. We learn about the role art and creativity play in solving complex environmental problems.
26:17
April 26, 2022
Leaving the oil and gas field with Stephen Buhler
Leaving the oil and gas field with Stephen Buhler
In The Green Chair with Stephen Buhler, a journeyman machinist and community engagement officer for Iron+Earth.  In this episode, we discuss Stephen’s unique career journey. Stephen worked in the oil and gas industry as a journeyman machinist for the past 13 years and strives to transition fully into the renewable energy sector. We learn how Stephen uses his experiences as a former oil and gas worker to help other fossil fuel workers make the transition to working in renewables. 
23:47
April 12, 2022
Becoming a Civil Engineer with Victor Do
Becoming a Civil Engineer with Victor Do
In The Green Chair with Victor Do, a Civil and Water Resources Engineer. Victor has years of experience working on detailed planning and design of transportation and water infrastructure for municipalities, conservation authorities, and provincial bodies. In this episode, we talk about switching jobs during the pandemic, the winding road of careers and about the world of engineering.
21:48
March 29, 2022
Giving electric vehicle batteries a second life with Sumreen Rattan
Giving electric vehicle batteries a second life with Sumreen Rattan
In The Green Chair with Sumreen Rattan, the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at the clean-tech organization, Moment Energy. The British Columbia based startup creates sustainable energy storage systems by repurposing old electric vehicle batteries. Sumreen was recently named as one of Canada's Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders. In this episode, we discuss how Sumreen and her cofounders launched a start-up and how they're contributing to the circular economy.
20:05
March 15, 2022
Takeout food without the plastic with Julianna Greco
Takeout food without the plastic with Julianna Greco
In The Green Chair with Julianna Greco, the Co-Founder and Head of Growth at Suppli, a technology-enabled platform that facilitates the use of reusable packaging across all channels that touch food. Julianna was recently named as one of Canada's Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders. We talk about Julianna’s experience working on a start-up and how she’s helping Toronto make the shift towards a plastic-free city. More about Julianna: Before joining Suppli in late 2020, Julianna spent the previous two years at ME to WE, working with young social entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and community organizations to advance social justice initiatives within Canada. She also worked in two successful start-ups, where she gained invaluable experience growing a brand, customer base and business from the ground up. Julianna received a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from the University of Western Ontario and is completing a business innovation certificate at the University of Toronto.
23:47
March 01, 2022
What is Environmental Law with Eugene Kung
What is Environmental Law with Eugene Kung
In The Green Chair with Eugene Kung, a staff lawyer for West Coast Environmental Law. Eugene is committed to human rights and environmental justice. He has worked on social justice, anti-poverty and environmental law. We discuss Eugene’s career and his work opposing the Kinder Morgan TransMountain expansion project. We talk about how learning and working with Indigenous communities is pivotal in environmental law becoming more inclusive and holistic.
22:23
February 15, 2022
Building sustainable communities with Cheeying Ho
Building sustainable communities with Cheeying Ho
In The Green Chair with Cheeying Ho, the executive director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability. She has over 20 years of experience in sustainable urban and community strategic planning for local governments, private sector clients, and non-profit organizations. We learn about Cheeying's career journey and we discuss how a strong vision and shared community goals can help build greener cities and more sustainable organizations. 
22:59
February 01, 2022
How environments impact the way we think and feel with Dr. Lindsay McCunn
How environments impact the way we think and feel with Dr. Lindsay McCunn
In The Green Chair with Dr. Lindsay McCunn, an Environmental Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Vancouver Island University. We learn about Dr. McCunn's career journey and the basics of environmental psychology. We discuss how our built and natural environments impact human behaviour, productivity, eco-anxiety and more.
24:52
January 18, 2022
A story of science and the arts with environmental journalist Alanna Mitchell
A story of science and the arts with environmental journalist Alanna Mitchell
In the Green Chair with Alanna Mitchell, an award-winning Canadian journalist, author and playwright who writes about intersections between science and society. We discuss Alanna's career as a science journalist and why she believes taking risks in life leads to a worthwhile story.  (DISCLAIMER: Audio quality was affected in the recording of the beginning of this episode, but does improve after the first questions. Thank you for listening).
26:06
January 05, 2022
Outdoor sports, tourism and sustainability with Nat Knowles
Outdoor sports, tourism and sustainability with Nat Knowles
In the Green Chair with Natalie Knowles, an athlete, research coordinator and PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo. We talk about the ski industry and climate change, Nat’s research on eco-tourism and her work in different countries. 
24:57
December 21, 2021
Sustainable investing: What is it and how to start investing with Tim Nash
Sustainable investing: What is it and how to start investing with Tim Nash
In the Green Chair with Tim Nash, the founder of Good Investing. We discuss all things about sustainable investing. Learn about ESG, sustainability, impact investing, and sustainable finance. We talk about Tim's career path and why he believes the most important thing you can do with your money is to begin investing now. Check out Tim's website https://www.goodinvesting.com Listeners can use code RELAY20 for 20% off the Introduction to Sustainable Investing course until Jan. 31. Listen to Tim's podcast with the Toronto Star "Responsible Investing for a Sustainable Economy" https://open.spotify.com/show/0GaFXN1HDeJIlLAbv0pc7F?si=e2ffbb22a8334d90 
35:19
December 07, 2021
Climate activism isn't a hobby with Allie Rougeot
Climate activism isn't a hobby with Allie Rougeot
In the Green Chair with Allie Rougeot, a Canadian climate justice activist, a Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader Canada, and is the Climate and Energy Program Manager for Environmental Defence. We talk about Allie's career path, what climate activism is and how you can adopt the role no matter your background or occupation.
23:29
November 23, 2021
This season on In the Green Chair
This season on In the Green Chair
We are back! Tune in every other week to hear insights and tips from a range of professionals working in the green economy on how to get your green career started with your new host, Ana. This podcast is part of the Green Collar Careers program brought to you by Relay Education. Relay Education is a Canadian charity that delivers renewable energy, environment and green careers programs for young people. Remember to check out our website, relayeducation.com and social media channels @relayeducation to find resources on how to start your green career.
01:20
November 20, 2021
What is Environmental Justice with Isaias Hernandez (Creator of QueerBrownVegan)
What is Environmental Justice with Isaias Hernandez (Creator of QueerBrownVegan)
In the Green Chair with Isaias Hernandez an Environmental Educator and the creator of QueerBrownVegan, an Instagram page focused on accessible educational posts about environmental terms. Isaias grew up and lives in L.A., we talk about his career path, veganism, and environmental justice work. https://www.instagram.com/queerbrownvegan
20:33
April 12, 2021
What is Food Justice with Kyla Pascal (Food justice advocate)
What is Food Justice with Kyla Pascal (Food justice advocate)
In the Green Chair with Kyla Pascal, a Métis, Black woman who works in food justice, sustainability and climate action from Edmonton, AB. Kyla is currently completing her post-graduate degree in Indigenous community planning in Vancouver, while working part-time for Indigenous Climate Action and launching a food zine. Learn about food justice, Kyla's food stories and her passion for bringing BIPOC people together to share meals.
20:47
March 23, 2021
Becoming a leader for gender equity with Megan Bennett (Communications Director)
Becoming a leader for gender equity with Megan Bennett (Communications Director)
In the Green Chair and the Becoming series by Efficiency Canada collaborated on this episode for International Women's Day. Our host Adeye is joined by the Becoming host, Kirstin Pulles, to speak with guest Megan Bennett. Megan is the Director of Communications for StepUp, a volunteer non-profit working to advance gender equity in the energy management industry. We talk about energy efficiency, gender in the workforce and how to support women in their careers.
18:45
March 08, 2021
What is package-free living with Kate Pepler (Business Owner)
What is package-free living with Kate Pepler (Business Owner)
In the Green Chair with Kate Pepler, Founder and CEO of The Tare Shop, Halifax's first package-free coffee shop and bulk store. This young entrepreneur started her own brick-and-mortar business with passion, research and a lot of hard work. Learn what package-free living is, and how she's designed her stores to be more accessible for the community.
18:52
February 22, 2021
Hydroponic farming and plant science with Molly Neave (Research Associate)
Hydroponic farming and plant science with Molly Neave (Research Associate)
In the Green Chair with Molly Neave, a Research Associate at The Growcer. Learn about how hydroponic farming can address food insecurity, working as a researcher and Molly's story about transitioning from university into the work force.
18:59
February 05, 2021
Working in the trades and wind energy with Meredith Halfpenny (Wind Technician)
Working in the trades and wind energy with Meredith Halfpenny (Wind Technician)
In the Green Chair with Meredith Halfpenny, a Wind Technician in Ontario. Learn about Meredith's determination and passion for working in renewables, and what it's like to work in the trades as a wind turbine technician.
20:29
January 26, 2021
Green buildings and construction with Melinda Zytaruk (Passive House Builder)
Green buildings and construction with Melinda Zytaruk (Passive House Builder)
In the Green Chair with Melinda Zytaruk, General Manager of the Fourth Pig Green Construction and CEO of Tooketree Passive Homes. Learn about sustainable buildings at all stages of construction and how Melinda applies her passion for a sustainable future in the projects she builds. 
20:22
January 11, 2021
Storytelling and cultural anthropology with Candace Campo (Business Owner)
Storytelling and cultural anthropology with Candace Campo (Business Owner)
In the Green Chair with Candace Campo, Co-Owner of Talaysay Tours, a First Nations Sechelt (shishálh) owned and operated eco tour company, with an emphasis on education in First Nations history and culture, art, ecological practices, and outdoor adventure. Learn about Candace's lifelong journey of being an educator, anthropologist and storyteller. 
23:41
December 18, 2020
Ethical business and organic skin care with Patrice Mousseau (Conscious Entrepreneur)
Ethical business and organic skin care with Patrice Mousseau (Conscious Entrepreneur)
In the Green Chair with Patrice Mousseau, owner and founder of Satya Organic - a natural, clean skin care company. Learn how she created her own skincare product to treat her daughter's eczema and grew it into an international business that upholds sustainable practices.
21:42
December 07, 2020
How we capture electricity with Shivani Chotalia (Manager of Engineering)
How we capture electricity with Shivani Chotalia (Manager of Engineering)
In the Green Chair with Shivani Chotalia, the Manager of Engineering and Community Partnerships at NRStor. Learn about energy storage, choosing to study Engineering, and how to find your dream job.
23:55
November 23, 2020
A circular economy with Lindsey Swartzman (Business Development Manager)
A circular economy with Lindsey Swartzman (Business Development Manager)
In the Green Chair with Lindsey Swartzman, the Business Development Manager at Terracycle Canada. Learn about circular economies, her journey to working in business, and how she helps companies divert their waste.
18:07
November 09, 2020
Civic action with Ontario's Green Party Leader, Mike Schreiner (Politician)
Civic action with Ontario's Green Party Leader, Mike Schreiner (Politician)
In the Green Chair is Mike Schreiner, Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph and the Leader of Ontario’s Green Party. Learn about civic action, environmental advocacy, and what it’s like to work in Queen’s Park.
16:02
October 16, 2020
Protecting the wilderness with Katie Krelove (Environmental Campaigner)
Protecting the wilderness with Katie Krelove (Environmental Campaigner)
In the green chair is Katie Krelove, the Ontario Campaigner for Wilderness Committee. Katie works to build relationships and advocate for wilderness preservation for the benefit of all in Ontario. Learn about Katie's personal journey to her current green job and more! 
12:35
October 14, 2020
Running your own green business with Akil Mesiwala (Entrepreneur)
Running your own green business with Akil Mesiwala (Entrepreneur)
In the green chair is Akil Mesiwala, entrepreneur and founder of The Box of Life, a social enterprise that makes composting kits, so people can compost easily at home.  Learn how Akil is helping people divert food waste from landfill, how we can use this 'waste' as a resource and the story of how The Box of Life began.  Check out The Box of Life on www.instagram.com/the.box.of.life and https://www.theboxoflife.com/
15:16
October 14, 2020