Post-Secondary Students in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia Recognized for their Efforts to Build a Greener Canada

(Halifax) March 19, 2019: Students at St. Mary’s University and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) have been named 2019 Scotiabank Environmental Challenge Champions by Canada’s largest experiential learning platform, Enactus Canada, and program supporter Canadian Western Bank. Both teams will now move on to the national level of competition taking place May 8, 2019 at the Enactus Canada National Exposition in Vancouver.

Students at Saint Mary’s University were recognized for using food waste to solve food insecurity through two different initiatives: an affordable produce bundle service and a restaurant token program that serves people in need. Students at the University of Prince Edward Island created Bury & Bloom to foster the sustainability of the region by producing greeting cards that can be planted from paper waste while teaching elementary school students how to make more sustainable decisions.

“The innovative environmental initiatives our students undertake to create a sustainable and healthy future is incredibly inspiring,” says Nicole Almond, President of Enactus Canada. “They’re proof that when organizations and communities collaborate, we have the power to drive sustainable change.”

“Congratulations to the Regional Champions of the Scotiabank Environmental Challenge,” says Craig Thompson, Senior Vice President, Atlantic region, Scotiabank. “Scotiabank aims to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. As our leaders of tomorrow, the winners play an important role in protecting and conserving our environment for future generations and we look forward to seeing their achievements in Canada and internationally.”

The Scotiabank Environmental Challenge empowers post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that teach viable solutions to relevant environmental issues. Since 2009, 9,196 Enactus students have delivered over 846 environmental projects. Last year, they saved 11,946,205 litres of water and saved $1,769,678.85 through reduction of waste.

Enactus UPEI and Enactus Saint Mary’s will now move on to the national level of competition taking place May 8, 2019 at the 2019 Enactus Canada National Exposition, taking place in Vancouver.

ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,498 post-secondary students led 275 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, positively impacting over 28,000 lives.

As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit

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