Toronto, Ontario – Ontario students will be challenged with beautifying urban spaces with products made from recycled tires. Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) and the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) has launched the OTS Student Design Challenge, offering design students the opportunity to showcase creative, sustainable outdoor designs and win up to $3,000.

Since 2009, OTS has worked to recycle more than 25 million tires, many of which have been used to create consumer goods such as rubber mulch, playground equipment and pavers. As part of the challenge, students will be able to integrate Ontario-made tire-derived products into outdoor spaces.

For the challenge, the designs will be developed in response to a strict set of real-life design parameters, such as site dimensions, available tire-derived products and budget restrictions. The winning design will be implemented at Toroto’s Evergreen Brick Works.

The design challenge is open to post-secondary students in Ontario. Registration is open until October 17, 2011, with submissions due on November 21, 2011. The winning designed will be unveiled in the summer of 2012. To apply online, visit OTS Design Challenge.

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