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 ASHWIN NAIR, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

O.P. Jindal Global University | Sonipat, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 6

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" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. This quote by Margaret Mead stands true and inspires me to work with my cohort and other like-minded Millennium Fellows to achieve our collective aim of working towards the Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with the UNAI and MCN. The Millennium Fellowship under The United Nations Academic Impact and the MCN will do wonders for my knowledge and experience, it will help me to integrate environment with social relationships on a global stage "

Millennium Fellowship Project: EcoScript

Eco-Script is a green purchasing guide/manual containing sustainable alternatives for a lot of products and services used by educational institutions. The reason behind choosing educational institutions as the target for social impact was the fact that these institutions use a lot of resources. Minor changes to their purchasing practices could make a huge difference. Additionally, we felt that students enrolled in these institutions, seeing the positive change will start to incorporate sustainability in their day-to-day life as well. The modules covered in the project include ‘Building and Construction Material’, ‘Paper Products’, ‘Furniture’, ‘Cleaning Supplies’, ‘Heating Ventilating and Cooling Appliances’, ‘I.T. Appliances’, ‘Energy Efficiency Services and Consultancy’, and ‘Renewable Energy on Campus’. Eco-Script addresses two main points which are often left out by other purchasing manuals of a similar kind. Firstly, Eco-Script is tailored for the needs of educational institutions in India and lists sustainable products and services clearly for the reader including a cost-benefit analysis. Secondly, the main issue we found with guides of similar nature was that we couldn’t make out which products exactly are eco-friendly and sustainable. This issue arises due to the abundance of ecolabels and eco marks in the market which confuses the consumer. Therefore, Eco-Script also lists trustworthy ecolabels for each of the modules informing the consumer and make decision-making much easier for educational institutions.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ashwin Nair is a passionate advocate of the Environment and its many ecosystems, a man not just of words but strong action. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities as Environmental and Sustainable Development as his major at O.P. Jindal Global University, India. Alongside his academics, he has worked with multiple environmental NGOs where he has worked tirelessly towards environmental awareness and conservation. One of his most prominent accomplishments was organizing a thirteen-day International summit on Climate Literacy featuring attendees from eleven different nations and speakers from prominent universities like the University of Reading, University of Essex, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, and University of Queensland, Australia. He is looking forward to pursuing his postgraduate studies and aims to achieve a doctorate in the field of Environmental Management and Governance. He hopes to work with the United Nations Environment Programme and similar organizations in the future.