Meaningful experiential learning that prepares newcomers


greener newcomer


Links for Greener Learning (LGL) is dedicated to creating opportunities for newcomers in Niagara Region community to engage and educate them through environmental programs and initiatives.

Programs such as “Train the Trainer”, Environmental Awareness and Education for newcomers, Internship program, Newcomers Green Moms, and our Growing Diversity Garden, allow newcomers to learn and experience the environment through applied education.


train the trainerThis program is targeted at newcomers who already have an environmental career or post-secondary students who are interested in starting an environmental career in Canada.
“Train the trainer” provides newcomers or domestic students with the knowledge and skills to teach other newcomers about environmental issues in Canada.
The program is structured to train newcomers in the basics of environmental knowledge; this information is distributed through lectures, seminars, workshops, and practical experience. These newcomers eventually become trainers, and continue on to teaching other newcomers what they have learned. It is wonderful platform not only for learning, but also for integrating international students into the Canadian environmental sector.
The trainer is also responsible for translating materials used for training into languages that are identified as currently trending in the Niagara Region.


environmental awarenessA series of workshops designed to help newcomers develop awareness and skills in the area of waste management, water conservation, and energy conservation to enhance the quality of life in Niagara community.

These awareness campaigns raise the level of understanding of environmental issues and the little things we can do to make the world a better place.


internship programThe internship program gives newcomers who are students or post graduate adults an opportunity to gain Canadian employment experience and create a network of contacts while gaining school credit.

This program is a great opportunity for newcomers to learn, expand their knowledge base, and benefit from invaluable hands-on experience.


eco chic boutiqueThe goal of this project is to re-use and recycle waste materials by using it as a source of raw materials for new products. These products include bags, jewelry, keychains, and decorative items.
The eco-chic boutique project employs newcomer women and utilizes their skills and talents to create unique and beautiful products from re-used and recycled materials.
This project will have great economic and environmental benefits to the community as it will provide a substantial source of income for low income newcomer women and also serve to reduce waste material.


diversity gardenThe goal of this program is to create a source of food for low income and newcomer families while simultaneously educating about the natural environment.
This program creates a positive impact on the environment by providing opportunities for low income and newcomer families to get involved in green initiatives. This program also focuses on expanding horticultural practices in the region, improving the agro-biodiversity available to communities by growing a wide variety of vegetables, and improving soil fertility by using natural organic fertilizers made from the composting of organic waste. It provides “newcomers” with a source of food, a way to learn more about local foods, and integrate themselves into the community. It also provides them with an opportunity to continue cooking their traditional recipes using local community grown ingredients. There are currently more than fifty newcomer families that are participating in this project throughout the Niagara Region.