Finalists from student teams across Ontario met at UTM with competing sustainability proposals this month.

Over 30 teams competed in the eighth annual Show Me the Green Conference in the Instructional Building on March 7. Competitors rose to support modern, cost-effective environmental sustainability and development.

The morning began with a reception to welcome the delegates, followed by challenge rounds and interactive workshops before lunch and the Gold Sponsorship speech.

The winners of the popular vote were chosen by the audience through a text message tally. A finalist was chosen for each of the five rooms.

In the lecture hall afterwards, the five finalists presented the potential implementations of their plans to reduce waste before the winners were chosen. Six judges picked the winner, OIKOS, whose plan focused on investment and cost-saving in environmental projects.

Green Tech Consulting, which placed second in their room, focused on streamlining The Medium.

According to SMG promotions associate Victoria Nader, this year’s conference attracted almost 200 people.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie also spoke at the event.

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