Energy ambassadors: Energy efficiency pays off for students

VANCOUVER -- Thirty-nine university students from across Canada have seen their future and it is green -- in more ways than one. Today, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced this year's Energy Ambassadors, a talented group of post-secondary students recognized for their projects related to energy efficiency.

"I am pleased to congratulate the winners of this year's Energy Ambassadors competition," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. "These young people have demonstrated solutions and innovative technologies that will help reduce energy consumption and contribute to making Canada a world-leading economy."

Launched in the fall of 2002, Energy Ambassadors is an annual competition that recognizes and rewards undergraduate post-secondary students for achievements in the field of energy efficiency. The program, delivered by NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency, draws attention to the role of energy efficiency in reducing consumption and conserving energy resources.

Each winner or winning team receives a prize of $1,000 per person (maximum of $3,000 for team entries). Energy Ambassadors also have the opportunity to meet with energy-efficiency leaders from industry, utilities and the non-profit sector at Globe 2006, the Biennial Trade Fair and Conference on Business and the Environment starting on March 29.

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Natural Resources Canada has announced the winners in the 2006 Energy Ambassadors competition. These 39 university students from across Canada, who developed practical solutions and innovative technology to reduce energy consumption, will receive prizes from $1,000 to $3,000.

For more information, media may contact:
Ghyslain Charron
Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
(613) 992-4447

Emma Welford
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
(613) 996-2007

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.


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