ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations. 30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 402 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year.
The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 48,785 hours and their 214 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 393,449 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT BRITTANY PIERCE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.
Alma College | Michigan, United States | Advancing SDG 2 and SDG 12 & UNAI 9
" I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because it is a fantastic opportunity for me to grow as a leader and get exposure with social impact careers. This Fellowship gives me a platform to share ideas and connect with others about the projects and issues we're passionate about which is not something I have had access to before. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Big Box Farm Project
The Big Box Farm Project is aimed at ensuring year-round access to sustainable and nutritious food by converting an abandoned former K-Mart building into an indoor aquaponic facility. The project is operating in an area of the Midwest where there is higher level of poverty and increase access to nutritional food will play a key role in increasing community health and wellness as well as to stimulate the local economy and better the environment by promoting shopping locally. Additionally, the project focus on the reutilization of existing infrastructure.
The projected outcomes of our project by December of 2018 include operating a small scale aquaponics system to serve as a model for our long term goal of a full scale aquaponics facility. This small scale model will allow for experiments to be run on how to most efficiently run the system, as well as better plan for the operating cost and factors of a full scale system. This also provides an opportunity to bring campus and community together through outreach events. Building this relationship is one of the most important focuses for the project moving forward. Another focus will be on fundraising efforts for the purchase of the K-Mart facility and equipment.
The long term goal is to create a full scale indoor farming facility and food network for mid-Michigan. This network will provide nutritional local food for large hubs like schools and hospitals as well as for household consumption. The team aims to raise community health and ensure access to nutritional food no matter a person’s income level.
About the Millennium Fellow
Brittany Pierce is a sophomore at Alma College. She is double majoring in Sociology and History with a minor in Public Health. She has participated in Model United Nations for one year. This experience allowed her to research topics such as human rights issues and sustainable agricultural and development practices. Brittany is also a member of the Public Affairs Institute and the Honors Program at the college. She is passionate about helping others and hopes to use her educational experiences to promote positive social change.