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$15,000 will be awarded to Ontario students with the best sustainable future ideas for our planet

Friday, March 23rd 2007 1:11:45pm

Sustainable Future Day, April 2nd, Markham, ON:

$15,000 will be awarded to Ontario students with the best sustainable future ideas for our planet

Finalists from York Region District School Board, Seneca College, and Trent University

Meet the winners of the "Building a Sustainable Future" contest, an initiative of the cement and concrete industries to reward sustainable thinking. Up to $15,000 will be awarded to winning students with sustainable future ideas for our planet. View this year's submissions at http://sustainablecontest.cement.ca.

Several high profile government officials, corporate sector leaders and community group activists will be on hand for Building a Sustainable Future Day. Tony Genco, President and CEO of Downsview Park will speak to guests in the afternoon about living in sustainable communities.  Special guests (see itinerary below) will officiate and speak at the Awards Ceremony in the afternoon. Student trophies were designed by environmental sculptor, Dawna Robertson, from Kleinburg, Ontario, who will provide demonstrations of soapstone carving at the event.

Students and education professionals from York Region District School Board; Centre for the Built Environment at Seneca College; and Indigenous Environmental Studies at Trent University will discuss living in a sustainable world; and the Sustainability Pavilion will feature displays and demonstrations on sustainable development in a modern world.

WHEN:            

    Monday, April 2nd, 2007

TIME:            

    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, with the Awards Ceremony at 2:30 PM (see itinerary below)

WHERE:                  

    Seneca College Markham Campus (see map below)

DIRECTIONS:    

    From Hwy 404 North, take Hwy 7 exit; turn right onto Hwy 7 and travel East; turn left onto Allstate Parkway

WHO:            

    * Donna Cansfield, Ontario Minister of Transportation
    * Ernie Parsons, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, Chair, Ontario Cement Caucus
    * Wayne Dawson, V.P. Ontario Region, Cement Association of Canada
    * Bill Humber, Chair of the Centre for the Built Environment, Seneca College
    * Dawna Robertson, Environmental Sculptor, Kleinburg, Ontario
    * Tony Genco, President and CEO of Downsview Park
    * Linda Irvine, Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, Town of Markham
    * Dan Longboat, Director of Indigenous Environmental Studies Programme, Trent University


For more information and media registration, contact:

Sally Moore, Cement Association of Canada, (416) 449-3708, smoore@cement.ca


Sustainable Training Day Itinerary
April 2, 2007

8:30 am, Front Foyer
Registration and Orientation
Continental Breakfast
Welcome Guests

8:50 am, Front Foyer
Welcome Students and VIP Address

9:15 am, Front Foyer
YRDSB and Seneca Student Judging
Education, Environment and Industry Displays and Demonstrations

10:00 am, Ground Floor Auditorium
Trent University Judging

12:00 pm, Ground Floor Cafeteria
Lunch, All Welcome

1:00 pm, Ground Floor Auditorium
"Living in Sustainable Communities"
Keynote Speaker: Tony Genco, Downsview Park
Panel Discussion
Moderator, Bill Humber, Seneca College
Linda Irvine, Town of Markham
Dan Longboat, Trent University

2:30 - 3:30 pm, Ground Floor Auditorium
Awards Ceremony


Awards Ceremony Itinerary
2:30 pm, April 2, 2007
Auditorium, Ground Floor

Welcome and Introduction
Sally Moore, Cement Association of Canada

Special Guest Speaker
TBA

Special Address
TBA

Building a Sustainable Future Awards Ceremony
Moderator, Sally Moore, Cement Association of Canada


Awards

York Region District School Board
3rd place winner
2nd place winner
1st place winner

Centre for the Built Environment at Seneca College
3rd place winner
2nd place winner
1st place winner

Trent University Indigenous Environmental Studies
1st place winning group

People's Choice Sustainable Innovation Award

Final Address
Sally Moore, Cement Association of Canada


Partners for Building a Sustainable Future Contest:

Cement Association of Canada (CAC), Ontario Concrete Pipe Association (OCPA), Centre for the Built Environment at Seneca College, EnerQuality/R2000, Ontario Masonry Training Centre (OMTC), Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO), Town of Markham, Trent University Indigenous Environmental Studies Programme, Warner Bros Entertainment Inc., and York Region District School Board

Please see the following sites for additional information: www.cement.ca, http://sustainablecontest.cement.ca

For information on special guests:
www.pdp.ca, www.dawnarobertson.net, www.markham.ca