Photo: Meet my Queen of Green coaches!

Meet the Pope's from Alberta!

There are so many Queens of Green out there it wasn't hard to hand pick four amazing women to coach 20 more Canadian families! Each will recruit five families from their networks and shepherd them (with my support) through four modules of green living: waste, toxics, food, and community action.

What will the families do exactly? Subscribe to this blog to read about their before, during and after stories, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter @DavidSuzukiQoG!

Meet my first team of Queen of Green coaches:

Melanie, St. Albert Alberta

It's official. Melanie Smith is ready to pay it forward. A lifetime ago she was in urban planning. Today she's the fearless captain of a team of four busy kids—the inspiration for greening their family life. Melanie hasn't looked back since winning me in a Canadian Living contest. Continuously striving to do more, she's thrilled to give this opportunity to other families.

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Jennifer, Waterloo Ontario

A mother and owner of Olivier Soaps, Jennifer was recently featured in Waterloo's Top 40 over 40. A mover and shaker in her community, she co-founded the Local Wellness Lifestyle Movement—a network of individuals and businesses sharing a common holistic outlook.

Tovah, North Vancouver B.C.

Tovah and I met on Twitter. She's a freelance communications expert (past development executive for CTV) and the family editor for Thrifty & Green Magazine where she hosts a blog called Growing Up Green about her adventures raising a sustainable family with three young children and a busy urban life.

Norma, Vancouver B.C.

Norma is studying International Relations at UBC with a focus on environmental history, law, and policy. A faithful David Suzuki Foundation volunteer, she caught my eye (and ear) with her work at A Little More Good — a Vancouver-based enterprise making it easy for people to create positive social change.

Over the next two weeks, 20 families will tackle Module 1: WASTE.

What's the first action you'd suggest to reduce their waste?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

March 26, 2012

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Oct 02, 2014
6:42 PM

There are no details of how to become part of this program. What if people want to sign up? I wouldn’t mind being a coach but I’m not sure how to get ahold of you except through the website.

Feb 19, 2013
8:00 AM

I recently watch an older program on Netflix called, Vegucation. It followed three people for six weeks. They had committed to a Vegan way of eating and living for these six weeks. I was very surprised to learn about the “dirty secrets” of how the USDA defines organic and free range practices. Can you shed a more positive light onto this subject. Have standards improved?

I was appauled at what the industry does with the male chicks.

Feb 10, 2013
6:46 PM


There is a product in Quebec that sells hand soap bars by the company Attitude it say’s dioxane free, and ethylene free. Is this a good product ? I’m trying to find the best product for my family. thanks

Apr 07, 2012
4:49 PM

Bring your own cloth produce bags to the grocery store. If you forget them at home, just go without. You probably wash your produce before eating it anyway so who cares if it touches the conveyor belt. And lots of things come in their own bundles like bananas!

Apr 03, 2012
3:44 PM

Ditch the disposables! Trade in paper towels, tissues, and take-out paper cups for rags, handkerchiefs, and a reusable ceramic or glass mug and NO MORE BOTTLED WATER!

Apr 03, 2012
10:17 AM

Compost! Compost does not belong in a landfill wasting into methane gases, but in a compost bin where it can reach its fullest potential decomposing into nutritive, life-affirming fertilizer.

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