Three Canadian energy efficiency leaders to share $75,000
TORONTO, June 2, 2011 /CNW/ - What does a not-for-profit contractor in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, a home builder in Bathurst, New Brunswick and a
student from Calgary, Alberta have in common? They all have been named
the winners of the inaugural Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards and will share
a total of $75,000 in award incentives. The Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards
recognizes businesses, innovators and students for excellence in the
development of home energy efficiency initiatives. Scotiabank and Green
Living announced the award recipients at a gala ceremony attended by
over 150 guests at the Art Gallery of Ontario last night.
"Increased interest in saving on energy costs together with concern
about our environment has made efficient energy use a growing priority
for Canadians," said Anatol Von Hahn, Group Head, Canadian Banking,
Scotiabank. "Each of these winners has demonstrated leadership and
innovation in the development of products and services to reduce energy
consumption in the most important space to most of us, our homes."
The Awards are an important part of Scotiabank's flagship Canadian
environmental program, EcoLiving, introduced last year to help
Canadians make greener choices for their homes, reduce their energy
bills and take advantage of government rebates. Further information on
the program can be found at www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com.
Entries for the awards came from across Canada. In addition to
recognizing excellence and innovation in developing energy efficiency
solutions, the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards program is unique in its
focus on public awareness. A key criterion for award recipients was to
demonstrate capacity to generate public interest and excitement in
energy efficiency through their products or solutions.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award valued at $50,000, was awarded to BUILD of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for its pioneering not-for profit program of
retrofitting homes in low-income areas of Winnipeg with energy saving
materials, resulting in lower utility bills, employment of
neighbourhood members, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Innovators Award valued at $15,000 was awarded to EcoPlusHome of Bathurst, New Brunswick, a company that designs and builds Atlantic
Canada's most energy efficient home, a prefabricated family home that
puts zero demand on the power grid.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Student Leadership Award valued at $10,000 was awarded to Eden Full of Calgary, Alberta, a mechanical engineering student at Princeton
University. Full invented the SunSaluter, an affordable $10 tracking
rotation system that maximizes the output of solar panels requiring 40
percent fewer panels.
"Winning a Scotiabank EcoLiving Award validates the work we do through
BUILD and underscores the importance of creating energy efficient homes
for Canadians," said Shaun Loney, President, BUILD, recipient of the
Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award. "Energy efficient
solutions have an undeniable positive impact on our environment, and we
like to think that the work we do at BUILD also makes a meaningful
difference in the community."
Winners were selected by an independent judging panel including: Tom
Rand, Author, Cleantech Advisor and Practice Lead at the MaRs Discovery
District, Thomas Mueller, Founding Director of the Canada Green
Building Council, Andre Fauteux, journalist and publisher/editor of La Maison, Lisa Rochon, architecture critic for the Globe and Mail and Dr. Rick
Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence Canada.
"Change is best lead by example, and the Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards are
a crucial contribution to showcasing how home energy efficiencies are
within the grasp of every Canadian," said Laurie Simmonds, CEO and
President of Green Living Enterprises. "We are proud to support
Scotiabank in its efforts to embolden Canadians as they pursue
sustainable lifestyle choices."
Full information on the awards, all finalists, the judging panel and the
gala awards ceremony is available exclusively on Scotiabank's EcoLiving
About the Scotiabank EcoLiving Program
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Program, introduced in June 2010, is
Scotiabank's Canadian flagship environmental program designed to help
Canadians discover how they can make greener choices for their homes,
reduce their energy bills and take advantage of government rebates. The
EcoLiving website (www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com) is a cornerstone of the program and a unique online consumer resource.
The site offers government rebate and financial savings information all
in one place - providing an easy-to-use resource for Canadians to learn
about, plan and compare green home improvement options. EcoLiving
Magazine, a bi-annual publication, features seasonally specific home
greening information and tips.
Scotiabank is one of North America's premier financial institutions and
Canada's most international bank. With more than 70,000 employees,
Scotiabank Group and its affiliates serve some 18.6 million customers
in more than 50 countries around the world. Scotiabank offers a broad
range of products and services including personal, commercial,
corporate and investment banking. With assets above $571 billion (as at
April 30, 2011), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (BNS) and New York
Exchanges (BNS). For more information please visit www.scotiabank.com.
Green Living Enterprises is a pioneer and leader in developing social
and environmental marketing programs that keep consumers and clients at
the forefront of the green agenda. Green Living Enterprises is a
full-service, one-stop solution for green marketing, product and
program development, custom publishing, and event management. Green
Living Enterprises, an authentically green company, also includes
Greenlivingonline.com and The Green Living Show, North America's
largest green consumer show, dedicated to easy and workable solutions
for leading a sustainable lifestyle.
For further information:
Deborah Clark, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-933-0646, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty Stathokostas, Scotiabank Media Communications, 416-866-3625, email@example.com
Annette Borger, Green Living Enterprises, 416-988-7086, firstname.lastname@example.org