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PowerStream invests in education and student awards at York University


March 5, 2012
By Alyssa Dalton

March 5, 2012 – York University president and vice-chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri, and PowerStream board chair mayor Frank Scarpitti have announced an investment towards sustainable energy research and student awards for the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

PowerStream has pledged a gift of $930,000 to support scholarship, research and student awards in the area of sustainable energy economics and innovation.

“We are pleased that PowerStream has made this significant investment at York University,” said Shoukri. “This transformative gift will help continue to shape environmental studies by allowing our students the ability to focus on their studies and research, and faculty the opportunity to enhance their leadership in the field of sustainable energy.”

The donation is directed to the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. With this donation, York University hopes to establish the PowerStream Chair in Sustainable Energy Economics, the PowerStream Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund, the PowerStream Graduate Awards in Sustainable Energy and the PowerStream Undergraduate Awards in Sustainable Energy. York University also plans to name a hall after PowerStream in its Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies (HNES) building.

“This donation directly aligns with PowerStream’s vision of being a socially responsible company committed to the environment and sustainable growth,” said Scarpitti, who also serves as the Town of Markham, Ont., mayor. “By investing in environmental education at York University we are helping to build a more forward thinking workforce that will help us meet Ontario’s socio-economic needs of the future, which includes graduating students who will one day work in our industry to champion the environmental initiatives of electricity distribution companies like PowerStream.”

York University’s Sustainable Energy Initiative was established to support sustainable energy in Ontario through research, education, and partnerships between educational institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, as well as business and industry.