NB Power announces recipients of Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards
Fredericton, N.B. – This evening, NB Power celebrated organizations, individuals and communities who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in energy efficiency with the first annual Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards. The awards ceremony was held as part of NB Power’s Energizing Efficiency Conference in Fredericton.
The Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of New Brunswickers who have undertaken efficiency projects in 2017 or who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to furthering energy efficiency in New Brunswick.
“NB Power is pleased to celebrate excellence and leadership in energy efficiency happening in New Brunswick,” said Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power’s President and CEO. “We are excited to bring energy efficiency leaders together to share success stories and create a platform for collaboration among champions who are involved in growing the energy efficiency ecosystem.”
The award recipients in each category are:
- Legacy Award: Canadian Home Builders' Association NB (Fredericton)
Recognizes an organization’s long-standing commitment and contribution to energy efficiency in New Brunswick.
- Innovation Award: Rise (Fredericton)
Recognizes an exemplary energy efficiency and/or renewable energy project in New Brunswick that demonstrates innovative practices, scalable technology, green economic development and/or significant energy savings.
- Partnership Award: NexGen Energy (Quispamsis)
Recognizes a service organization, retailer, vendor, realtor or supplier that has demonstrated leadership and best practices in helping NB Power deliver its energy efficiency programs.
- Community Award: Sustainable Saint John (Saint John)
Recognizes a New Brunswick community or First Nations community in New Brunswick that has demonstrated commitment to energy efficiency through growing awareness, taking action.
- Rising Star Award: Jordan Kennie (Fredericton)
Recognizes an individual (or group) less than 30 years of age who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to energy efficiency and conservation through advocacy, volunteerism, research, education or projects.
- Education Award: The Gaia Project (New Brunswick)
Recognizes an educator, group of educators, class or educational institution that has developed and implemented an educational program to inspire action on energy efficiency and conservation.
“These award recipients have shown innovation, leadership and achievement in energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental stewardship,” said Energy and Resource Development Minister, Rick Doucet. “These projects and others like them are more important than ever before as New Brunswick transitions to a low carbon economy.”
More information on the award recipients is included below. More information on the awards is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheila Lagacé, communications, NB Power, (506) 458-4375 orSLagace@nbpower.com
Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Winners’ Profiles
Canadian Home Builders' Association NB
The Canadian Home Builders’ Association New Brunswick has been delivering energy efficiency and conservation building programs for more than 35 years. Their dedication to providing training and their sustained advocacy has helped New Brunswick homeowners make informed decisions which have resulted in lower energy use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a smaller environmental footprint.
In fact, energy efficiency and environmentally conscious building practices are at the core of the Association’s culture. That culture comes from within the industry as it commits to environmental responsibility and the needs of home owners, builders, trades, students, architects, engineers, and building officials.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. When RISE founder Matt Daigle was about to become a father and needed to renovate his home, he struggled to find the resources that would help him make sustainable, cost-saving, and energy efficient choices. He knew that if he was looking for this information, surely others were as well.
That was the spark that created RISE – a Fredericton-area business which operates a web-based platform that helps individuals turn any home improvement project into a sustainable one.
The platform is an education hub that offers insights from successful projects across Atlantic Canada, a list of vetted professionals and subject matter experts, as well as a Rebate Finder that highlights available rebates across North America.
NexGen Renewable Energy helps New Brunswickers understand the energy pyramid and find their path toward grid-tied renewable energy using smart technology. They help customers understand how and when they are using energy so they can change behaviours, look at efficiency upgrades and incentive programs and THEN consider renewable energy sources.
Its biggest achievement has been its partnership with the agricultural community in New Brunswick. NexGen identified opportunities for energy conservation and efficiency, helping farmers discover ways to reduce operating expenses. Their approach was even integrated into the Environmental Farms Plan which farms must follow to be eligible for certain government grants.
Sustainable Saint John
Sustainable Saint John has successfully engaged a network of local businesses, individuals and non-profits to foster a culture of sustainability. Since its launch in 2012, the community-based non-profit has become a hub for sustainability in Greater Saint John and a go-to resource its members.
Sustainable Saint John engages its community with a strong social media presence, online resources, an annual awards event and a popular Lunch & Learn series which has brought energy efficiency to the forefront for many local businesses.
Sustainable Saint John is a true community champion – growing awareness, taking action, and supporting its network of citizens and local organizations, all while spurring positive change.
Jordan Kennie is a rising star in the energy efficiency industry in New Brunswick. It all started in his final year of an electrical engineering degree, when Jordan became intrigued with the idea of energy conservation.
After hearing an interview about the challenges associated with energy reduction and storage, Jordan and a friend were inspired to use what they’d learned to try and solve the problem. From those early days, Jordan’s passion for energy efficiency and conservation only grew, culminating in Stash Energy – an energy storage company he co-founded in 2015 that provides solutions to make energy storage sustainable, affordable, and convenient.
Today, Jordan travels across North America – learning about the industry, technologies, and ideas that will improve his company, help his clients save energy and money, reduce emissions, and manage our impact on the environment.
The Gaia Project
Smart habits formed early make all the difference. That could be the motto of The Gaia Project, a non-profit charitable organization with the mission to empower youth to take action on climate change
Since 2009 they have been leading classroom-based programs related to energy, waste, water, transportation and general sustainability for New Brunswick students grades 4 to 12. These programs have had great impact on student’s energy literacy levels, climate change education and, in many cases, tangible shifts in energy use at schools.
Their long term hope is that present and future generations of youth will become members of society that rank the environment, energy efficiency, and climate change as issues of the utmost importance.