The $100,000 Go Green Challenge winners
Out of the hundreds of submissions received for the TD FEF $100,000 Go Green Challenge, four winning teams were selected from across Canada — each receiving $25,000 in prize money. Here are some details about the winning submissions:
Guided Eco Tours Toronto (GETT)
The team: Colleen Bator, Alesha Breckenridge and Fiona Street from Lakehead University
GETT is a plan to reinvigorate ecotourism in the City of Toronto by creating a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that will host 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
The team: Jennifer Hayward, Kerri Krawec, Jane Simmons and Rachel Savidge from the University of New Brunswick
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is developing a forested landholding known as the UNB Woodlot, situated within Fredericton city limits. The team created a woodlot-development proposal that would integrate elements of environmentally based community design and would bring both faculty and students into the development process.
New Ways to Look at Old Spaces: A Vision for Green Infrastructure Networks
The team: Chris Baker, Kaeley Wiseman and Richard Mahé from the University of Manitoba
This team’s proposal addresses existing infrastructure corridors (including rail lines, hydro rights-of-way, road rights-of-way and pipelines). They set out a plan to implement city-wide networks of green infrastructure that build on the unique characteristics of the corridors, such as: 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
The team: Bianca Sayan and Megan Chan from the University of Waterloo
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 from their retrofit and help Canada reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.