Submissions for 2013 Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards in Business Leadership, Innovation and Student Leadership now open

With rewards totalling $75,000, Scotiabank has announced the opening of submissions for the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards, a unique Canada-wide awards program that recognizes businesses, innovators and students for excellence in the development of home energy-efficiency products, services and solutions. Submissions can be made through Scotiabank’s EcoLiving website until February 15, 2013.

“The EcoLiving Awards showcase outstanding Canadian home energy efficiency solutions at all levels – from students to business leaders – and we’re looking forward to another year of high-calibre submissions,” said Kaz Flinn, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Scotiabank. “It’s the only awards program in Canada that recognizes home-efficiency excellence. We’re thrilled to reward innovators and share their energy-saving ideas with all Canadians.”

The Scotiabank EcoLiving awards include: the Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award ($50,000), which is to be awarded to a business or individual who is leading the way in home energy efficiency products, services or solutions; the EcoLiving Innovators Award ($15,000), which will go to a business or individual who is demonstrating innovation in home energy-efficient products, services and solutions. Where the Business Leadership Award will focus primarily on the execution of a proven idea or program, the Innovator’s Award will focus on the introduction of exciting new ideas for products or programs. Additionally, the Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award ($10,000) will be awarded to a full-time college or university student who demonstrates promise for the future of home energy conservation.

The largest green awards program in Canada, the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards were introduced in 2011 and are a cornerstone of the bank’s broader EcoLiving Program aimed at enabling and encouraging Canadians to save money and energy at home.

Winners of the first EcoLiving Awards came from across Canada. BUILD of Winnipeg, Manitoba won the Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award for its pioneering not-for-profit program of retrofitting low-income Winnipeg homes with energy-saving materials. EcoPlusHome of Bathurst, New Brunswick, a company that designs and builds prefabricated homes that put zero demand on the power grid won the Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovators Award. Eden Full of Calgary, Alberta received the Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award for her invention of the SunSaluter, an affordable tracking rotation system that maximizes the output of solar panels requiring 40 percent fewer panels. Learn more about their solutions and progress at

Full information on the awards, including submission forms, key dates, eligibility and judging criterion are now available exclusively on Scotiabank’s EcoLiving website at