New in 2019: Green Building Festival Student Poster Competition

Calling all Graduate Students at Ontario Colleges and Universities

Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) advances the environmental performance of buildings and communities through advocacy, training and research. One way SBC does this is by holding a yearly Green Building Festival (GBF), now in its 14th year.  This year, we are adding a new component to the festival: an academic poster challenge!  

Green Building Festival 2019 Student Poster Competition

This year’s Green Building Festival theme looks at both simple and complex solutions to inspire the building community to reach the goal of zero carbon: How do we get to zero carbon buildings?

Does your research address ways of building more sustainably in either simple or complex ways?
If your answer is YES – we want to hear from you!

Students are invited to submit their proposed poster mock-up, abstract and research approach for a chance to win student passes and a poster presentation at the annual Green Building Festival in Toronto on October 8 2019.

You’ll have the incredible opportunity to display your poster to an audience of 350+ professionals working in the sustainable building sector at the 2019 Green Building Festival, taking place October 8 2019 at the Marriott Toronto Downtown hotel!


Individual students or student teams from accredited graduate programs at Ontario colleges and universities.


A poster describing research projects that take a simple or a complex approach or perspective to addressing sustainability in the built or urban environment.  Posters visually summarize and share information and/or research concisely and attractively, usually a mixture of brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats.

Entries will be evaluated on 5 criteria:

  1. Relevance to the conference topic
  2. Depth of content
  3. Content knowledge and organization
  4. Introduction and abstract
  5. Poster design

Students will be evaluated on the submission of a to-scale draft poster (submitted electronically either in .pptx or pdf) and winning entries will be expected to be displayed in full size 24″ x 36″ or 36″ x 24″ (suggested / minimum size) on the day of the conference.

Access the evaluation scorecard here.


Winning posters will earn:

  • An invitation to display your research project in full size poster format on Oct 8th at the Green Building Festival.  The organizers will display your poster in a prominent Festival location during daytime programming.
  • Up to 5 student passes (team members only) to the Oct 9th Green Building Festival in Toronto.  This includes a full day of expert presentations, daytime meals and breaks, and networking opportunities with hundreds of green building professionals.
  • Opportunity to participate in poster Q&A session during Festival Reception from 5 – 7 pm.
  • Your project could be listed in a Sustainable Buildings Canada LinkedIn article supporting the poster session and winning team(s).

August 1: Deadline for submission including project abstract, research approach, academic supervisor sign-off and to-scale poster mock-up (pptx or pdf)
August 15: SBC announcement of opportunities to present
September 15: Deadline for final draft poster design
October 1: Deadline for final full-scale poster to festival organizers
October 8: Green Building Festival date (www.GBF19.com)


Access the form here

Additional competition details:
  • Up to 10 qualifying posters will be selected for the opportunity to win.  
  • At the Festival, the researcher / research team are invited to stand by the poster display during networking breaks so Festival participants and delegates can view the presentation and interact with the author(s).
  • Teams may be invited to prepare a short (3 – 5 minute) presentation about their research project and poster.
  • SBC reserves the right to withdraw the opportunity to present at the Poster Session if deadlines are not met and/or the content, context or quality of the poster elements do not match the project overview information or expectations.
  • No costs, travel or accommodation funds or monetary prizing are available to contest applicants or winners.

Download the contest description here

Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.

Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.