April 11, 2006
by Canadian Architect
$12,300 was awarded to students for their sustainable solutions and innovations during Building a Sustainable Future Day at the Earth Rangers Centre in Vaughan on April 7, 2006. Over 120 people attended, including Acting U.S. Consul General Jeffrey Tunis, Ontario Minister of Energy Donna Cansfield, and Simon Jackson of Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, to honour the award-winning students and their work.
“I’m very impressed by the level of awareness and creativity that the finalists have shown today,” said Sally Moore of the Cement Association of Canada, the organization which coordinated Sustainable Future Day. “The judges had to work hard to choose the winners. In fact, an additional prize had to be given because they were so impressed.”
She continued, “There was obviously a lot of hard work and research put into the projects. But most inspiring, along with highly innovative ideas, was the connection between the ideas and the viability of the projects, as there was great economic consideration given to their implementation, even in the projects at the high school level. These students will undoubtedly transform our capacity for sustainability in the future, as they put their ideas into practice.
The winning projects were those that proposed novel solutions to sustainability challenges; integrated technologies to enhance efficiencies; addressed key elements of sustainability features; and clearly identified sustainability goals.
Each York Region District School Board finalist received $250, with the first-place winner receiving an additional $500. Seneca College finalists each received $500, with the first-place project entrant winning an additional $500. And, each group project received $1,000, with the winning group receiving an additional $500, which they were required to donate to an Indigenous project or community. From the York Region District School Board, winners include Caitlin Urquhart (first place), Brendon Irwin (second place), and Justin Apperley (third place). All three are from Aurora High School From the Centre for the Built Environment at Seneca College, winners include John Vipond of Oshawa (first place), Daina Marie Kennedy of Vandorf (second place), and Harry Busch of Richmond Hill (third place). From Trent University Indigenous Environmental Studies, the winning group was comprised of Christina Hadekel, Paige Shaw and Dana Sykora of Caledon East.
The Cement Association of Canada, which awarded the cash to the winning students and finalists, made an additional $15,000 donation to Earth Rangers on behalf of all the contest finalists. Earth Rangers is a wildlife and education centre, and a world-class veterinarian research and training hospital which houses Canada’s only oil spill response unit dedicated to wildlife.
“The Earth Rangers Centre building was an ideal location to hold Building a Sustainable Future Day, since it is a showcase environmental building that has a gold Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard rating,” added Moore.
For more information, please visit www.cement.ca, http://sustainablecontest.cement.ca, and www.earthrangers.ca.