Students Leading Sustainability:
Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award

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"The positive impact the Andy Kesteloo Award has had on my life is incredible. It has given me an opportunity to work on projects in which I believe and helped me gain a new confidence in my future career." Alison Walker, Sustainability Analyst, Integral Group, Vancouver and 2014 Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award Winner.

The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award is in memory of Andy Kesteloo, a visionary green building advocate, who shared his commitment for a sustainable earth with humour, insight and passion.

The objective of the Award is to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities. This competition challenges students to explore innovative, realistic design of the built environment thinking globally, acting locally to achieve a durable, efficient, comprehensive design that is easy to maintain and operate while being adaptable for future generations.

The Award consists of:

  • $2,000 cash award;
  • Free conference registration to Building Lasting Change, CaGBC's National Conference, including attendance at the
    gala dinner and award ceremony where the winner will be announced to the public;
  • Transportation costs to and from the conference;
  • Two nights lodging during the conference; and
  • $100 in expenses.

In addition, the award recipient's professor will be provided free entry to the CaGBC's National Conference Gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Criteria - The project should (but is not limited to):

  • Be a building, any component of a building, a green product, or part of the construction process
    (eg. layout, construction materials, technologies, systems, or methods of construction);
  • Inspire or teach others about forward thinking practices and design that serves to decrease contributions to global warming and climate change;
  • Clearly convey the fundamentals of sustainability by using innovative strategies and realistic solutions;
  • Recognize the need to provide options for today's and tomorrow's generation;
  • Present a creative vision for the future of green buildings and neighborhoods;
  • Articulate the project's key features and its environmental and human health benefits; and
  • Demonstrate the value and the importance of integrated/synergistic system design.  

Past winning projects include the integration of an industrial factory into an urban community; a culinary school that works to engage interest in sustainable food practices; and an alternative school for at-risk youth which brings sustainability to the forefront of learning. If you passionately believe that your project can make a difference in the way we live, work, play or learn, get your submission in. The future is truly up to you and we know you’re up to that challenge.

Current application process is now closed.

The 2017 winner: Andrew Martins

Andrew Martins, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Andrew won for his project The Center for Urban Energy Exchange – a concept that explores using Micro-Grids to create high density ‘off-grid’ cities. Operated through a central building, Micro-Grids help with the process of exchanging potential and kinetic energies, as well as other utilities. The Center for Urban Energy Exchange operates as the key link in the Micro-Grid. The building would facilitate the conversion of potential energies stored in municipal, organic, and black water waste into district heating and electricity.


View this video that details Andrew’s project idea:


The 2017 runner-up: John Benner

John Benner, Ryerson University

An honourable mention goes to John Benner for his project The Data-Driven-Design Environmental Learning Centre. This project features an educational environment that engages and teaches the community about established and emerging sustainable building practices, and strategies to achieve net zero design. Through a series of temporary exhibition halls and gallery spaces, the research and design community are able showcase emerging building technologies. The venue can also act as space to host Grassroots events. The top floor of the gallery houses a permanent interactive display that exhibits the building’s net energy design and how it is achieved. Visitors will be able to play with quick tutorial-guided 3D-modelling software and, by adjusting pre-set parameters through the use of number sliders and toggles, can modify conditions of the building envelope that are in accordance with glazing ratios and wall assemblies.

The 2016 winner: Ashley Hu

Ashley Hu, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Ashley won for her project Grow Cook Eat (GCE) – a concept for a culinary school in Vancouver which works by engaging and sparking interest in sustainable food practices. A unique feature of the project is her vision for a shared urban space which is designed to celebrate food by combining educational elements with public use and engagement spaces. Surrounding the community and students with what she refers to as "the process of food", from growing, harvesting, cooking, eating and returning it to the system, would provide a fulsome experience for all who visit.

The 2015 winner: Jason Reid

Jason Reid, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Architectural Science

Jason won for his project submission "Cross Industries: Bamboo Textiles" which shows how an industrial manufacturing facility can be integrated into an urban community, while incorporating the value of nature and the environment. Intended to exist in False Creek Flats, British Columbia, Jason designed an environmentally sustainable textile manufacturing facility. The building would be equipped with solar panels, a green roof, black water treatment, and a geothermal heating system. Jason's project shows that though natural closed loop resource systems, community amenity and social transparency, a sustainable fabric can be woven together benefiting the community, industry, and nature. See what Jason has been up to and watch his video now.