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Students looking at a laptop   The $100,000 Go Green Challenge

Winning submission summaries for 2008 Go Green Challenge

We received a tremendous response to this year’s $100,000 Go Green Challenge. We want to express our thanks to the hundreds of students who submitted entries. We are pleased to announce the four winning teams of the Challenge:

GETT- Guided Eco Tours Toronto
Lakehead University

Submitted by:

  • Colleen Bator, Alesha Breckenridge and Fiona Street – Faculty of Education
  • Faculty Sponsor - Sue Hamel – Faculty of Education

GETT is a plan to reinvigorate ecotourism in the City of Toronto by creating a non-profit, volunteer-based organization committed to introducing a variety of interactive Green Guided Tours. Green Tours would be established based on the themes of water conservation, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, Green business initiatives, waste minimization, and natural, cultural, and historical sites of interest within the City of Toronto.

Research and Partnership Opportunities in University Land Development
University of New Brunswick

Submitted by:

  • Jennifer Hayward - Geological Engineering
  • Kerri Krawec – Political Science
  • Jane Simmons – Geological Engineering
  • Rachel Savidge – Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty Sponsor – Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie – Civil Engineering

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is developing a forested landholding, the UNB Woodlot, situated within the municipal limits of the City of Fredericton. This team created a proposal around Woodlot development that would integrate multiple elements of environmentally-based community design by incorporating faculty and students in the development process.

New Ways to Look at Old Spaces: A Vision for Green Infrastructure Networks
University of Manitoba

Submitted by:

  • Chris Baker, Kaeley Wiseman, Richard Mahé – City Planning
  • Faculty Sponsor – Dr. David van Vliet – City Planning

This team’s proposal addresses existing infrastructure corridors which include rail lines, hydro rights-of-way, road rights-of-way and pipelines. They set out a plan to implement citywide networks of green infrastructure that build on the unique characteristics of the existing infrastructure corridors which include: urban agriculture, naturalization and remediation, storm water management, active transportation paths, conservation lands and wildlife habitat

My Green Neighbour – Residential Energy Efficiency Loans for Canadian Investors
University of Waterloo

Submitted by:

  • Bianca Sayan – Faculty of the Environment
  • Megan Chan – Faculty of the Arts, School of Accountancy
  • Faculty Sponsor – Steven Young – Faculty of the Environment

This team created a program called “My Green Neighbour” which matches Canadians in need of a loan for residential energy efficiency projects with individual Canadians seeking a good return on their investment. It provides an ethical and interesting investment vehicle to Canadians, and allows homeowners to benefit financially form their retrofit and help Canada reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

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