Learn About Us

Green Schools Nova Scotia is an exciting initiative brought to you by Efficiency Nova Scotia to enhance environmental sustainability at schools. This free program helps support students, teachers, and the larger school community as they learn to waste less and become more energy efficient. 

Reducing energy consumption is the best way to mitigate climate change, and we are focused on energy! While we start from that foundation, we cover a spectrum of environmental concerns including energy, waste, water, transportation, and food. There are five pillars to the Green Schools NS program: Getting Started With Energy, Minimizing Waste, Using Water Responsibly, Living and Moving Green, and Supporting Local. 

Engagement Officers work with students, teachers, and school communities across the province to strengthen sustainable behaviour that helps the Earth. The program supports community efforts to reduce energy waste and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Through curriculum linked education, resources, presentations, and initiatives, Green Schools community members can discover more about the impact of consumption habits, and how to waste less. 

Using resources efficiently and considering our environmental footprint are necessary skills as the global community unites to address climate change. The foundational experience students gain from Green Schools NS cultivates sustainable choices and behaviours that stick around for good.
 

Meet Our Team

Olga Lucía Torres
Program Manager

An innovative, eager to learn, and “make it happen” person, Olga Lucia joined the Green Schools NS team early in 2017. Originally from Colombia, she has made the Maritimes her home since 2001. Her passion for learning led her to study Animal Science at the National University of Colombia. She had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by forests, animals, and nature, in a family where working the land and being sustainable on a small scale was the norm. Her love for the land, trees and Mother Earth has accompanied her ever since, wherever she goes.

Olga Lucia has welcomed all of life's opportunities that have taken her from farming in Venezuela to research work in Canada. These are the things that continuously drive her in life: be adaptable, be curious, be fearless, never stop learning, always be ready to embrace a new culture, meet new people, and always smile.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, speed skating at the Halifax Oval, practicing meditation, camping, singing, reading, dancing to Latin music, and being close to nature by exploring Nova Scotia’s beautiful outdoors. 

Ruvi Mugara
Program Coordinator

Ruvi Mugara was born and raised in the small, beautiful country of Zimbabwe. She moved to Nova Scotia after a fun game of 'spin the globe' that she played with her family at the tender age of 19, and then studied Psychology at Saint Mary's University. During her time at SMU, Ruvi was given the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to perform African dance at President Barack Obama's inaugural ball in 2009. Ruvi believes that anything can be upcycled or remade into something new with some love and a bit of DIY skill. In her free time, Ruvi loves teaching African dance to children of various ages and volunteers in the community. She also has a passion for cooking and in her spare time, she likes to prepare special dishes for the underprivileged. 

Natalie McMaster
Southern Nova Scotia Engagement Officer

Teaching, youth, ecology, sustainability, community involvement and implementing long-term change are Natalie's passions. Passions inspired when growing up outdoors along the Bras d'Or Lakes in Ben Eoin, Cape Breton. This lead her to Acadia University where she earned her BScH in Biology, studying the endangered Blanding's turtle in Kejimkujik National Park. Natalie then headed to the University of Alberta to study the impacts of climate change and nitrogen deposition on alpine ponds in Banff National Park for her MSc in Environmental Biology and Ecology. 
In her free time, you can find her outdoors with her children canoeing, surfing, swimming, camping, gardening, biking, or skiing.  Natalie is conscious about her everyday choices on the earth and loves to share ideas on how to live lightly with others. Natalie absolutely loves working with schools in the South Shore, Tri-Country and Annapolis Valley since 2013.

Pamela Chandler
Northern Nova Scotia Engagement Officer

Pam joined the Green Schools team in September 2016 as Engagement Officer for Northern Nova Scotia. Originally from Guysborough County, Pam received a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University of Newfoundland after first earning a diploma in Marine Environmental Technology from the Fisheries & Marine Institute in St. John’s. Her environmental studies led her to do a six-month internship in the Philippines where she experienced the local culture while studying aquaculture, including abalone and seaweed farming. While stationed in Palawan Pam had the opportunity to travel and explore in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Hong Kong, and other Filipino Islands. She moved home to Nova Scotia and bought her first house after having loved the province of Newfoundland and its natural beauty for six years. When she’s not demonstrating how to live more sustainably, you can find Pam exploring Canada’s beautiful East coast with her dog Barney, rummaging through thrift stores, doing renovations on her house, working on antique cars with her dad, or baking up a storm in the kitchen. Please feel free to contact her with any questions!

 

Kelsey Brasil
Engagement Officer, CSAP & Halifax

Kelsey Brasil is an enthusiastic and passionate changemaker. She is a sustainability graduate of Dalhousie University, a former national-level gymnast, and a ball of energy! Kelsey uses empathetic and creative approaches to her work and has successfully spearheaded projects locally and internationally. She is a born story harvester, a team player, and loves all things caffeinated. This young female leader is her best self when working for change, progress, and community!

Scott Marshall Ellis
HALIFAX ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Scott Ellis recently graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a diploma in Natural Resources Environmental Technology. During his time at NSCC, Scott was the Vice President of Services, which enabled him to make important changes that would impact others in the community.

Scott has a strong passion for making changes that will benefit others, especially when it comes to tackling environmental issues. Scott is ready to take on the challenges we face when it comes to energy and over-consumption, as well as educate others on how they can help the planet. On his spare time, you can find Scott outside in Nature hiking, kayaking, and exploring wild areas.

Genaya Fraser
CAPE BRETON ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Genaya Fraser is a jack of all trades with a great love for her community. She likes to spread out and work in many different fields and loves learning new things and meeting new people. She is currently working for a local convention in Cape Breton and volunteers for another small business to help create safe and welcoming environments for all age groups to express themselves and be openly unique! She loves being a part of a team and making new connections.

On off-nights, Genaya hosts paint parties for all different ages, karaoke, and medieval tavern nights. She loves nature and collects tropical house plants. For fun she loves being outside by a fire, playing board games, relaxing with her dog Loki, being around her friends, and working towards new events and projects that she can help bring into her community. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, she is currently working towards a Masters of Education in counselling.   

Olga Lucía Torres
Program Manager

An innovative, eager to learn, and “make it happen” person, Olga Lucia joined the Green Schools NS team early in 2017. Originally from Colombia, she has made the Maritimes her home since 2001. Her passion for learning led her to study Animal Science at the National University of Colombia. She had the good fortune to grow up surrounded by forests, animals, and nature, in a family where working the land and being sustainable on a small scale was the norm. Her love for the land, trees and Mother Earth has accompanied her ever since, wherever she goes.

Olga Lucia has welcomed all of life's opportunities that have taken her from farming in Venezuela to research work in Canada. These are the things that continuously drive her in life: be adaptable, be curious, be fearless, never stop learning, always be ready to embrace a new culture, meet new people, and always smile.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, speed skating at the Halifax Oval, practicing meditation, camping, singing, reading, dancing to Latin music, and being close to nature by exploring Nova Scotia’s beautiful outdoors. 

Ruvi Mugara
Program Coordinator

Ruvi Mugara was born and raised in the small, beautiful country of Zimbabwe. She moved to Nova Scotia after a fun game of 'spin the globe' that she played with her family at the tender age of 19, and then studied Psychology at Saint Mary's University. During her time at SMU, Ruvi was given the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to perform African dance at President Barack Obama's inaugural ball in 2009. Ruvi believes that anything can be upcycled or remade into something new with some love and a bit of DIY skill. In her free time, Ruvi loves teaching African dance to children of various ages and volunteers in the community. She also has a passion for cooking and in her spare time, she likes to prepare special dishes for the underprivileged. 

Natalie McMaster
Southern Nova Scotia Engagement Officer

Teaching, youth, ecology, sustainability, community involvement and implementing long-term change are Natalie's passions. Passions inspired when growing up outdoors along the Bras d'Or Lakes in Ben Eoin, Cape Breton. This lead her to Acadia University where she earned her BScH in Biology, studying the endangered Blanding's turtle in Kejimkujik National Park. Natalie then headed to the University of Alberta to study the impacts of climate change and nitrogen deposition on alpine ponds in Banff National Park for her MSc in Environmental Biology and Ecology. 
In her free time, you can find her outdoors with her children canoeing, surfing, swimming, camping, gardening, biking, or skiing.  Natalie is conscious about her everyday choices on the earth and loves to share ideas on how to live lightly with others. Natalie absolutely loves working with schools in the South Shore, Tri-Country and Annapolis Valley since 2013.

Pamela Chandler
Northern Nova Scotia Engagement Officer

Pam joined the Green Schools team in September 2016 as Engagement Officer for Northern Nova Scotia. Originally from Guysborough County, Pam received a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University of Newfoundland after first earning a diploma in Marine Environmental Technology from the Fisheries & Marine Institute in St. John’s. Her environmental studies led her to do a six-month internship in the Philippines where she experienced the local culture while studying aquaculture, including abalone and seaweed farming. While stationed in Palawan Pam had the opportunity to travel and explore in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Hong Kong, and other Filipino Islands. She moved home to Nova Scotia and bought her first house after having loved the province of Newfoundland and its natural beauty for six years. When she’s not demonstrating how to live more sustainably, you can find Pam exploring Canada’s beautiful East coast with her dog Barney, rummaging through thrift stores, doing renovations on her house, working on antique cars with her dad, or baking up a storm in the kitchen. Please feel free to contact her with any questions!

 

Kelsey Brasil
Engagement Officer, CSAP & Halifax

Kelsey Brasil is an enthusiastic and passionate changemaker. She is a sustainability graduate of Dalhousie University, a former national-level gymnast, and a ball of energy! Kelsey uses empathetic and creative approaches to her work and has successfully spearheaded projects locally and internationally. She is a born story harvester, a team player, and loves all things caffeinated. This young female leader is her best self when working for change, progress, and community!

Scott Marshall Ellis
HALIFAX ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Scott Ellis recently graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a diploma in Natural Resources Environmental Technology. During his time at NSCC, Scott was the Vice President of Services, which enabled him to make important changes that would impact others in the community.

Scott has a strong passion for making changes that will benefit others, especially when it comes to tackling environmental issues. Scott is ready to take on the challenges we face when it comes to energy and over-consumption, as well as educate others on how they can help the planet. On his spare time, you can find Scott outside in Nature hiking, kayaking, and exploring wild areas.

Genaya Fraser
CAPE BRETON ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Genaya Fraser is a jack of all trades with a great love for her community. She likes to spread out and work in many different fields and loves learning new things and meeting new people. She is currently working for a local convention in Cape Breton and volunteers for another small business to help create safe and welcoming environments for all age groups to express themselves and be openly unique! She loves being a part of a team and making new connections.

On off-nights, Genaya hosts paint parties for all different ages, karaoke, and medieval tavern nights. She loves nature and collects tropical house plants. For fun she loves being outside by a fire, playing board games, relaxing with her dog Loki, being around her friends, and working towards new events and projects that she can help bring into her community. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, she is currently working towards a Masters of Education in counselling.