TD Friends of the Environment Foundation $100,000 Go Green Challenge plants the seeds for a greener future


- Third annual challenge invites students to submit their ideas on
protecting the environment -

Think green, impact your community...and win.
Canadian post-secondary students with creative ideas for making a difference
to Canada's environment are invited to submit their plan for a chance to win
prize money and the potential to bring their concept to life. TD Friends of
the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) today announced the call for entries for
the third annual $100,000 Go Green Challenge, a national competition that
encourages students to develop ideas about and proposals for environmental
sustainability in their communities.

How the TD FEF $100,000 Go Green Challenge works:

-  Teams of two or more students plus one faculty sponsor are invited to
submit an essay (maximum of 4,000 words and 20 pages) about an idea
that could reduce Canada's ecological footprint.
-  A judging panel will choose four winning submissions based on
creativity, originality, viability and the positive impact the
submission would have on the livability of Canadian communities.
-  Each of the winning teams will receive a $25,000 cash prize which can
be used towards bringing their idea to life, or for other expenses
such as tuition, books and rent.
-  The challenge is open to all legal residents of Canada who are
enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, full or part-time,
at a Canadian college or university.

"When it comes to improving the environment, there is a lot of talk about
'making a difference.' The Go Green Challenge is an opportunity for students
to turn that talk into action by giving us their best ideas," says Mary
Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.
"Winning teams receive $25,000, which would go a long way towards turning an
environmental vision into reality or to help finance the costs of
post-secondary education."

Essays from 182 teams representing 460 students from 52 schools across
the country were submitted to last year's Go Green Challenge. The four
winning student submissions included:

-  Lakehead University's Guided Eco Tours Toronto (GETT);
-  University of Manitoba's New Ways to Look at Old Spaces: A Vision for
Green Infrastructure Networks;
-  University of New Brunswick's Research and Partnership Opportunities
in University Land Development;
-  University of Waterloo's My Green Neighbour, which matches Canadians
in need of a loan for residential energy efficiency projects with
individual Canadians seeking a good return on their investment.

"The Go Green Challenge provides students the opportunity to gain the
satisfaction of bringing their ideas to life in a way that contributes to
shaping a healthy, just, and sustainable future," says Joanne Perdue,
Director of Sustainability, University of Calgary. "Engaging in initiatives
outside the formal curriculum allows students to apply and deepen their
understandings of the principles of sustainability, gain real world
experience, and develop essential leadership skills."
"There is no shortage of great ideas from Canada's post-secondary
students. Last year, we received more than double the number of entries, on
topics from energy efficiency to ecosystem management," says Desjardins.
"We're trading cash for calories. Brain calories that is, in the form of
4,000-word essays on environmental sustainability. What student couldn't use
$25,000 to help finance their education and future career as an environmental
For further information about the TD FEF $100,000 Go Green Challenge and
to view the rules and regulations, visit The deadline
for entries is January 15, 2010. Each entry will be reviewed by an
independent judging panel whose role will be to identify four winning
submissions that most accurately meet the criteria. Selection of the four
prize-winning entries will be made in Toronto in March 2010.

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:

Since 1990, TD FEF has provided $49 million in funding to over 18,000
grassroots environment and wildlife projects across Canada. In 2008, TD FEF
provided more than $3 million in support of over 800 projects. Thousands of
donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank Financial Group
contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the management
costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar
donated goes directly to funding environment and wildlife projects in the
community where the donation was made. For more information on how to donate
and get involved in your community, visit