Students will use products made from recycled tires to enrich YMCA's
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, Ontario
students are being challenged to beautify a community space using
environmentally-friendly products made from recycled tires.
During the second annual OTS Student Design Challenge, students will compete to have their design selected and built at the new
concourse of the YMCA of Greater Toronto's central location. The challenge offers students the opportunity to have
their design implemented at a meaningful community organization, and
the chance to win up to $3,000 in scholarship funds. It also exposes
them to environmentally-progressive products made from recycled tires.
"The design challenge at the YMCA will benefit community members for
years to come" said Andrew Horsman, Executive Director at Ontario Tire
Stewardship (OTS). "We hope the challenge will increase community
organizations' use of environmentally-friendly products, like those
made from recycled tires, while inspiring students to incorporate these
products into future designs."
The challenge begins with a Design Jam, a two-day event held January 18th and 19th at YMCA's central location. Here, students will learn details of the
unique design opportunity and will work with design professionals,
manufacturers of products made from recycled tires and YMCA
representatives to develop design concepts. Students will present their
plans to a panel of judges, consisting of experts from industry,
academia, YMCA and OTS. The winning design will be announced on January
19th and it will be implemented at YMCA Central during the spring and summer
"The Y is committed to adapting to the needs of the community as it
changes and grows," said Mehdi Zobeiry, Vice President, YMCA of Greater
Toronto. "This design project with OTS allows us to take underused
space and turn it into a more sustainable area that will contribute to
the health of our community. Our members can look forward to an
extension of our Centre of Community in a new environmentally-friendly
Kiosks displaying products made from recycled tires are being featured
at YMCA Central until December 12, 2012. Members are able to answer
questions on usage and provide feedback, which will help inform the
The winners of the 2011 design challenge reinterpreted a community space at the
Evergreen Brick Works last summer, using products made from recycled
tires. The design mimics the curves and colours of Mud River, a
tributary of the Don River running beneath the site.
The 2013 design challenge is open to Ontario post-secondary students.
Registration is open until December 17th and participants are announced January 7th. To learn more visit www.otsdesignchallenge.ca.
For more information about Ontario Tire Stewardship visit www.RethinkTires.ca and www.GreenMyTires.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @GreenMyTires.
About Ontario Tire Stewardship:
Established in 2009, Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) is an Industry
Funding Organization (IFO) incorporated under Ontario's Waste Diversion
Act, to implement and operate the Used Tires Program.
The program recycles and reuses the 12 million tires sold annually in
the province, preventing them from ending up in landfills or being
dumped illegally. Instead, OTS directs these scrap tires to recyclers
who use them to make new green products for a variety of applications
including home, garden, school, arena, park and more. Beyond recycling,
OTS also educates and encourages Ontarians on the use of tire-derived
products - items made from used tires that last longer and work better
than similar products in market, and educates Ontario drivers on how to
get the most life and performance from their tires.
For more information, please visit www.GreenMyTires.ca. Follow us on Twitter: @GreenMyTires
SOURCE: Ontario Tire Stewardship
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To arrange an interview with an Ontario Tire Stewardship or YMCA representative please contact: