ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT NANDIN PORWAL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

University College London | London, United Kingdom | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9

" I am thrilled to be a part of Millennium Fellowship as it will allow me to maximise the potential of the impact I want to achieve - reduce plastic waste. By being a part of such a diverse and global community, not only will I be able to influence but also get inspired by the contributions of my peers. The opportunity to learn and interact with ambitious young people will help me develop personally. It will help me re-imagine ways to achieve my goal of reducing 3.3 grams of plastic for every disposable cup. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: De-lid

University College London has 4 on-campus cafes and multiple other coffee chain outlets in the greater vicinity of the campus. Each disposable cup of coffee comprises of a plastic lid and a cup made out of plastic and paper. Due to the composition of the disposable cup – plastic and paper – only certain specialist plants in the UK are capable of working on recycling these cups. However, the polypropylene plastic lid can be effectively recycled. I aim to establish ‘Re-lid Bins’ that are used to separately dispose the plastic lids. This segmentation will allow for easy recycling. I strive to spread awareness regarding the cause and encourage students to pursue this green practice. Additionally, I seek to implement the ‘BYOL’ or ‘Bring your own lid’ scheme to promote the practice of carrying your own reusable lids made of materials like metal or rubber. I hope to spread awareness and send more than 1000 lids for recycling.

About the Millennium Fellow

Nandin Porwal is the Founder of a startup - Raice, which aims to replace plastic lids with disposable rice starch lids. He has been recognized by the Hult Prize Foundation and the UCL's Innovation and Enterprise for his efforts towards reducing plastic waste.

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