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About Us : Peel Environmental Youth Alliance

About Us

PEYA is a regional network of over 1400 action-oriented students in Peel concerned about environmental issues and determined to make positive change! PEYA is a youth-initiated organization, guided by a student Executive Committee and supported by Ecosource.

Based on our strong student expertise and adult support at Ecosource, PEYA assists students from Grades 6-12 and their teachers who are looking to create sustained environmental change in their schools and supports students in building their capacity to create positive environmental change in their schools and local communities.

PEYA’s worked is propelled by a youth steering committee from grades 9 through 12 and unites students across Peel working to improve the environment in their schools and neighbourhoods through monthly events as well as through online platforms. PEYA also organizes large-scale events for students across the Region of Peel, including our popular annual EcoBuzz Conference and Amazing Green Race.

We provide a forum for students to learn from one another and form relationships with local environmental organizations.

In the community, PEYA is a catalyst for youth participation in environmental policy-making and is committed to exploring best practices for youth-adult partnerships. PEYA is part of the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Action Committee, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Future Ground Network and the Principal’s Sustainability Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus.

For the 2020-2021 academic, year, PEYA is generously funded by the Climate Impact Fund and the Peterborough KM Hunter Foundation. For more information about these funders, please click on their names to be directed to their websites.

Our commitment to sustainability:

  • All PEYA printed content is done using Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) paper
  • All registration for programs and events is done electronically
  • Our executive meetings are paperless as the PEYA executive team are encouraged to use their laptops, tablets or other mobile devices
  • All food served at our events is either vegetarian or vegan and we attempt to use local ingredients whenever possible
  • All of the events have three streams of waste disposal (organic, recycling and garbage)
  • All PEYA t-shirts provided to students and teachers are 100% certified organic cotton
  • Favour vendors who have their own organizational sustainability goal