$100,000 student challenge: What kind of community do you want to live in?



    TD Friends of the Environment Foundation competition encourages creative
    environmental planning

    TORONTO, Nov. 6 /CNW/ - Energy efficiency, water conservation, and tree
planting for city streets are just a few of the many areas students can
explore as they develop their submissions for the $100,000 Go Green Challenge,
a new competition from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation designed
to encourage creative thinking from Canada's best young minds. With bragging
rights and prize money up for grabs, the $100,000 Go Green Challenge is
actively soliciting creative, workable plans from Canadian college and
university students to promote greener communities and make life more
sustainable for the future.

    
    How it works:

    -   Each team of three or more students plus one faculty sponsor will
        submit an essay with a maximum of 4,000 words plus supporting
        documents.
    -   The essay must include an idea or proposal outlining the changes that
        could be made in a Canadian community to improve the environmental
        impact and create healthier, greener and more diverse conditions.
    -   Judges will be looking for original ideas that are viable, but
        forward-looking and integrate elements of environmentally-based
        community design, which can include issues such as transportation,
        energy efficiency, water conservation, ecosystem management, air
        quality, environmental health or urban forestry.
    -   There are four prizes to be won, each consisting of $25,000. For each
        winning submission, $12,500 will be awarded to the student team
        members (to be shared equally) and $12,500 will be given to the
        team's university or college faculty.
    

    "The environment is a top priority for Canadians; as a result our future
leaders will play a dramatic role in influencing the environmental agenda for
Canada's communities. That's why we're asking students to start thinking about
the types of green communities they'd like to see today," said Mike Pedersen,
Group Head Corporate Operations, TD Bank Financial Group and TD's environment
champion. "This challenge provides a forum for new and fresh thinking on the
environment from young people with diverse backgrounds. We're hoping to foster
teamwork and creativity, and come up with a few smart ideas along the way."
    The $100,000 Go Green Challenge is open to all legal residents of Canada
who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a
Canadian university or college, on a full-time or part-time basis at the time
of entry in the competition.
    Submissions can be emailed to tdaward@td.com. The deadline for
submissions is January 25, 2008. Each application will be reviewed by an
independent judging panel whose role will be to identify four winning
submissions that most accurately meet the challenge and judges criteria.
Selection of the four prize-winning entries will be made in Toronto by
March 31, 2008.
    For more information on the $100,000 Go Green Challenge and to view the
complete rules and regulations, please visit www.tdcanadatrust.com/gogreen. To
learn more about the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation visit
www.td.com/fef.

    TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together

    Children's health, literacy and education, and the environment are the
three primary areas of focus for TD's community giving. The major flagship
programs within these areas are: TD Children's Hospital Fund, TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation and the TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, TD
Canadian Children's Book Week, TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community
Leadership, and the TD Summer Reading Club. In addition, through the support
of our customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national,
regional and local programs in support of diversity, arts and culture and
other causes. In 2006, TD donated $33 million to more than 1,600 charities and
not-for-profit organizations across Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Matt Cram, TD Bank Financial Group, (416)
983-1514, matthew.cram@td.com; Jill Anzarut, (416) 969-2708


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