ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CLAYTON SHEPARDSON, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Bentley University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9
" Communication is our greatest struggle to implement change. Everyone has their own opinions, and accompanying interest. The professionals who understand as many stakeholder groups as possible will be the professional who is able to unite and bring communities to action. I am excited to learn from all the different perspectives that the Millennium Fellowship provides, so that I may be a better communicator. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Spoiled
The goal of the SPOILED project is to accelerate residential compostable waste collection, specifically in our university, with the hope that finding and introducing a composting system that works will encourage the larger Waltham and Boston community to amp up their composting efforts as well. At Bentley University, we began by conducting thorough research of the systems in place for composting, as well as by talking to neighboring universities such as Brandeis that had proved successful in composting in the past. We encountered two major obstacles: lack of funding and the issue of individuals throwing trash in composting bins. To tackle the second issue, we implemented an awareness campaign that included teaching people about the significance of composting, as well as explaining why a single piece of trash thrown into a composting bin made the whole composting bin un-usable and hence negatively affected the entire composting system, many times even making the cycle unsustainable.
About the Millennium Fellow
Clayton is a second semester senior marketing major. He has grown a skill set of brand management, database management, and content creation. Clayton's environmentalist passion has led him to work in sustainability, and a desire to maintain an active role in facilitating sustainable projects and communities. He expects to complete his marketing major with minors in Business Economics and Earth, Environment, and Sustainability. He idolizes future roles in business strategy, regarding conscious consumerism and circular economies. He hopes to work in urban development, building management, and real estate as he views our built environment as a focal point/opportunity to address many of our climate and consumption problems. Every problem we face can be connected to the way we use our land in some way or another.