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.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT GRACIE SHEPHERD BARTEL, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Furman University | South Carolina, United States | Advancing SDG 11 & UNAI 9

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" Given that Sustainability is a multifaceted global issue that affects everyone differently, it will be fascinating to collaborate with others on a global scale and learn from individuals with so many different perspectives. I am so excited to take the first steps of my career with such an impactful organization. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Social Network Analysis of Sustainable Farms

Food is a central part of our lives and therefore its production is necessary, but negative environmental and social externalities associated with production methods need not be. Our research investigates the viability of small sustainable farms across the Upstate region of South Carolina and how their social connections could potentially improve the local food system. We interviewed ten farmers throughout the Upstate of South Carolina who own small-scale sustainable farms to learn about their farming methods and interactions with other farmers and community stakeholders. Data was also gathered through an online survey and sent to the ten principal farmers and their subsequent connections. This data contributed to the social network analysis which we employed to analyze the impact of network position on the success of a farm. We found that social network connectedness is helpful for the overall success of a farm, especially for very small farms with an income under $75,000. The community support is very influential in their success. We conclude that connecting small farms with each other and with community stakeholders can be very beneficial for their business and with the dissemination of sustainable farming methods. This could create an overall more sustainable local food system by increasing the viability and popularity of sustainable farming.

About the Millennium Fellow

Gracie Bartel is an enthusiastic young woman pursuing her Bachelor's of science in Sustainability Science and Bachelor's of arts in Spanish at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Gracie has always loved spending time outdoors and exploring new places. This led to her drive for a cleaner and more just planet for future generations. In her free time, Gracie loves to cook gourmet low-carbon meals for her friends and family using fresh ingredients from her garden. Gracie hopes to combine these passions for conservation, sustainable food, and foreign languages in her career.