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Youth Innovation Challenge

How green is your dream?

North American youth aged 18 to 26 were invited to enter the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) innovation challenge to compete for C$5,000 in seed funding and a chance to present their idea to North America’s top environmental officials at the 2017 CEC Council Session in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Over 160 ideas were ultimately evaluated by the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee and nine semifinalists were invited to develop their innovative ideas into full proposals.

Three winning projects were selected by a panel of judges consisting of government officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Poster for the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge - How green is your dream?

Winners of the 2017 CEC Youth Innovation Challenge Announced

Poster for the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge - How green is your dream?

Small-scale Waste to Energy

Vanessa Fiore and Adam Wali

The challenge topics our project will be addressing are the reduction of air pollutant emissions and the diversion/reduction of food waste. We are proposing an innovative, all-in-one device that converts food waste into biogas, and biogas into energy, to create electricity to power businesses.

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Poster for the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge - How green is your dream?

ROCAPET - Sustainable Structural Concrete

Ernesto Alonso, Tilo Daniel Hernández Cadena and José Luis Hernández García

ROCAPET arises from the idea of using PET (polyethylene terephthalate) in the construction industry to make use of a waste material that, in Canada, Mexico, the United States, and other countries, has yet to be used extensively in the sector.

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Poster for the 2017 Youth Innovation Challenge - How green is your dream?

Restaurant Waste to Superfood Powder

Kristian Krugman and Reyanne Mustafa

Soulfull is a company dedicated to providing nutrient-rich products that are healthy both for our bodies and also for our environment by reducing food waste while minimizing our carbon footprint.

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Other Challenges

For more information, contact:

Bhan Gatkuoth

Coordinator, Diverse and Inclusive Outreach and Engagement
(514) 350-4324

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