Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute received an award recognizing its students’ work in sustainability.

The annual $1,000 award was given to the top three projects submitted, recognizing contributions to a sustainable future.

GCVI received third place for a project involving raised garden beds, which have solar-powered, self-watering irrigation system.

A rain barrel collects water and a solar panels power the pumps.

The school’s Green Industries students built the system.

Prize money will be put toward the school’s community garden project, a post on the Upper Grand District School Board’s website said.