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 VIBHA V, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

PES University | Bengaluru, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9

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" “What I stand for is what I stand on”, is what I believe in. Knowing the prevailing environmental damages caused by various human activities, I intend to utilize bioremediation as a tool to help the making of a healthier environment. This opportunity to become part of the Millennium Fellowship has given me a great platform to express my idea and help me contribute to the initiatives of the United Nations Sustainable Goals. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Plastic Biodegradation At Home

Our idea involves biodegradation of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics at the household level. These are plastics which are difficult to reuse and recycle. In this project, kitchen and garden waste are mixed with soil and buttermilk, after which plastic subjected to heat pretreatment is added directly to the mixture. This set up is left to compost, so that the microbes present can degrade the embedded plastic effectively. Here, waste (plastic) is being eliminated using other waste (organic household substances) to give harmless by-products, which may even be used as organic fertilizer. On fine-tuning this approach, we may be able to clear up the landfills and waste dumps around us. Furthermore, wastes can be handled right where they are produced, without even a need for segregation into wet and dry groups. This method helps us degrade plastic using only household resources with no additional expenditure, and is a promising solution to the global problem of plastic waste management.

About the Millennium Fellow

Vibha is a bright and diligent individual pursuing Biotechnology at PES University, India. She aspires to be a researcher in the field of life sciences and through her work, she intends to bring about a positive social impact. Gaining inspiration from nature to shape her perspectives motivates her to work towards her vision.