Students Leading Sustainability:

Andy Kesteloo Memorial Project Award

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.

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Award criteria, eligibility and submission process

Nominations are now open. This year's winner will be announced in September.

Criteria -
Student project should (but is not limited to):
  • Be an idea for a building, any component of a building, a green product, or any part of the construction process.
  • Clearly convey the fundamentals of sustainability by using innovative strategies and realistic solutions.
  • Present a creative vision for the future of green buildings and neighbourhoods.
  • Articulate the project's key features and their environmental and human health benefits.
  • Demonstrate the value and the importance of integrated/synergistic system design.
The Award
  • $2,000 cash award.
  • Free full access to Building Lasting Change PLUS one complimentary registration for your lead professor. 
  • Featured article in CaGBC’s special Ask the Expert Award Series, interviewed by CaGBC and distributed to 25,000 industry professionals.
  • Award recognition:
    • Media Release in August
    • Profile shared during BLC conference
    • Profile and Project video hosted on CaGBC's website and the BLC event platform
Must be a full-time, undergraduate student, enrolled during the academic year of 2020/2021, involved directly or indirectly in the built environment. Some examples include programs related to: Architecture, Engineering, Urban Planning, Interior Design, Community Planning, Sustainability Management, Supply Chain Management, Construction, Trades, etc.

Project groups must select one group representative. A project award can only be awarded to one group member.

Submission Requirements:


All project requirements must be submitted online.

  • Personal Profile Form
  • Proof of full time enrollment in a post-secondary institution
    Please provide a registration receipt, a current transcript, or a letter from your department.
  • Maximum 2000-word essay about your project
    Your essay must demonstrate and describe:
    • How your project satisfies the objective and criteria of this award (listed above).
    • Key project features and intended positive environmental and social impacts.
    • Your design approach (process, goals and objectives) and any lessons learned.
    • Your project’s feasibility and applicability to a real world need.
  • A maximum of four project posters
    Posters must be submitted as an electronic PDF or JPEG and formatted to a print quality resolution on an A0 panel (841x1189 mm; horizontal or vertical format). In the event that the project is selected, a poster should be prepared in order to be printed for display at CaGBC’s national conference.
  • Green building community involvement reference letter
    This should be a signed PDF written by a third party that demonstrates a commitment to sustainability outside the classroom.


  • If your project makes the top two submissions, you will be required to submit in June 2021 an informal video of five minutes or less where you verbalize the merits of your idea, speak about the inspiration behind it and provide the judges with some insight into your personal contributions and aspirations in terms of green building. Once selected, you will be provided with an outline that further articulates the terms of this video component.
Application Process:

The application and review process is done entirely online. The link to apply will be available on January 11, 2021.

If you require assistance, please contact CaGBC Education.

  • Competition opens: January 11, 2021
  • Deadline for submissions: June 7, 2021 
  • Top two finalists will be notified to submit video: June, 2021
  • Video submissions due: July, 2021
  • Winner will be notified by: August, 2021
  • Building Lasting Change - dates to be confirmed
Contact information
CaGBC Education
Canada Green Building Council
100 Murray Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, K1N 0A1
Phone : 866.941.1184 ext. 1023

Panel of judges for the Award:

Alex Blue
Principal, Building Energy Practice Lead
Morrison Hershfield

Sheila Brown
Sustainability Consultant

Tony Cupido
Research Chair, Sustainability
Mohawk College

Michael Flowers
Municipal Engineer
WSP Canada Inc.

James Furlong
Managing Partner

The 2020 winner: Colin Pinchin

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Colin, a fourth-year student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, is recognized for his project Pathways: A Sustainable Approach for Rehabilitation and Regeneration of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This design project seeks to provide opportunity to the significant vulnerable population in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood through a thoughtful mix of place regeneration, transitional housing, and skills development within a progressive mixed-use building design. Colin’s project envisions green building playing a central and empowering role in Canada’s post-COVID recovery.

Colin Pinchin

View this video that details Colin's project idea: