Winners announced for inaugural Scotiabank EcoLiving Awards – June 2011
June 07, 2011 - What does a not-for-profit contractor in Winnipeg, Man., a homebuilder in Bathurst, N.B., and a student from Calgary, Alta., 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.
“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.”
Photo, left to right: Axel Lerche, EcoPlus Home; Shaun Loney, Build; Eden Full.
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Business Leadership Award valued at $50,000, was awarded to BUILD of Winnipeg 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—a company that designs and builds 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—a mechanical engineering student at Princeton University. Full invented the SunSaluter, a $10 tracking rotation system that maximizes the output of solar panels, requiring 40% 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.”
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.
Full information on the awards, all finalists, the judging panel and the gala awards ceremony is available at http://ecoliving.scotiabank.com/awards.