Lisa Kohler is the Executive Director of the Halton Environmental Network (HEN). A Climate Realty Leader and community engager discussing climate challenges, strategies, mitigation and adaptation. Ms. Kohler serves on Halton Region’s Natural Heritage Advisory Committee, Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable and The Halton District School Board’s Environmental Management Team.
Ms. Kohler earned her degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She started her career in the late 90ties working in the environmental not for profit sector in the United States.
She is the orchestrator of the Halton Climate Collective a dedicated team driving local climate change. She oversees successful programs, Halton Green Screens, Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Chapter, the HEN Ambassador Program, The Oakville Resiliency Hub. Ms. Kohler networks with numerous organizations, municipalities and community members to inspire environmental change and action.
Program Director, Halton Green Screens
Heather graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a PhD in Cell & Systems Biology, and Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and a passionate environmentalist both personally and professionally. Heather strives to live her life as close to zero waste as possible, and shares her waste reduction tips and tricks with family, friends, and the public through means ranging from casual conversations, to educational workshops, to formal presentations. Anyone who participates in her waste reduction workshops or presentations can expect to learn how their personal "garbage footprints" relate to over-consumption of the earth's resources, our growing problem of ocean plastics, and climate change. Heather has run the Halton Green Screens program and much of the educational programming for HEN since 2015.
Laura started the role of Program Director for Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Chapter in January 2018. Before joining the program she spent several years coordinating international research projects, mainly focused on biological monitoring of endangered species as well as the many complex human-environment relationships that promote or deter positive conservation action. She has worked on stakeholder engagement and partnership development for environmental initiatives in many diverse communities in Europe, Central America, and here in Ontario. Laura earned an MSc in Marine Environmental Management from the University of York (UK), an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Brussels (Belgium) and a BA Honours in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. When not at work, she is usually off exploring natural spaces by hiking, herping, birding and camping.
After leaving the corporate world in 2005 to raise her two boys, Andrea rekindled an appreciation for nature from her childhood. She joined the Halton Environmental Network in their Greening Sacred Spaces program. As the Garden Facilitator, she helps Faith Based Organizations reduce their environmental impact through greening initiatives. Recent projects have included implementing school gardens at elementary and secondary schools, consulting on kindergarten playground rejuvenations, and assisting social organizations support their clients through garden based initiatives.