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 SHANNON COUSINEAU, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

The University of South Florida | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 15 & UNAI 9

" The times being what they are, it's very easy to feel disconnected from and lose sight of what it means to be a community. For me, the Millennium Fellowship is an opportunity to reconnect and come together with peers who are all similarly driven towards a singular goal. I believe that real change takes a team, and look forward to collaborating on a project I otherwise could never accomplish on my own. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Composta-Bull

In the United States, 30-40% of food produced goes to waste, making it the single largest component in municipal landfills. When discarded in this manner, food waste quickly generates methane, a greenhouse gas largely responsible for global warming, and climate change. Composting not only reduces this waste, but reduces environmental degradation by creating useful natural fertilizer that encourages plant growth. My proposal would designate facilities on campus for composting, making it easier and more accessible to students. Additionally, the finished compost could readily be applied in USF's 16-acre botanical gardens, thus educating students about the importance of composting while providing the opportunity to take part in it.

This project would take time to plan and implement, along with various administrative approvals. Therefore, my goals for this fall are to communicate with university faculty gaining permission, as well as communicating with the student body to discern interest. Fortunately, communication is not heavily affected during this time, and can be achieved 100% virtually. In fact, if the project receives approval from administration, this time of quarantine would be a good time to prepare the necessary locations without worrying about any possible crowds of students going to class (depending on the final location). Surveys can be completely digital and sent to students virtually.

About the Millennium Fellow

Shannon Cousineau is a rising sophomore studying mechanical engineering full time at USF, focusing her efforts on sustainability. A true Florida native born in Clearwater, Shannon's passion for the environment comes from her love of local beaches and waterways. Her main focus is on rerouting waste away from landfills towards useful projects, and reducing the impact of plastic pollution within nature.

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