Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student 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 with humour, insight and passion shared his commitment for a sustainable earth.

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 2016, the CaGBC's National Conference, including attendance at the gala dinner and award ceremony where the winner will be announced to the public (the 2016 event will be taking place in Toronto);
  • 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 2016 National Conference Gala dinner and awards ceremony. Put this poster up in your school to let everyone know about this great award.


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. Recognizing 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.

This year's winner is:

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 ... watch his video now.

To apply:

We are currently accepting submissions. Submissions are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 10, 2016. Please refer to the application package here for details about the award and evaluation criteria but please note all nominations must be submitted via our online application process. Start your application now.

The Award will be presented at the CaGBC Leadership Awards Gala during "Building Lasting Change 2016" in Toronto on June 7, 2016 at the beautiful Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex.