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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women | Pune, India | Advancing SDG 12 & UNAI 9


" Millennium Fellowship is a platform which helps develop in every aspect such as gaining communication skills, develop great leadership qualities which help in creating impact on society which helps it develop. Using the Architectural knowledge of creativity to help and initiate sustainable projects and activities which will help in understanding and learning about social crisis and acting upon them which will have positive impact on society. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: GreenRec- A Green Reclamation

The GreenRec team was formed with the Millennium Fellows of the BNCA campus. Every college and school produces a large amount of paper waste every single day, which is thrown out most of the time without being recycled. Thus, our goal was aligned with SDG 12: responsible consumption and production. and a waste management project took place.

The GreenRec team was formed as a part of the Millennium Fellowship 2022. Along with the SDG hub and UNFCC hub, the formal inauguration of the Millennium Fellowship theme and the unveiling of the Millennium Fellows of 2022 took place on October 3rd on the college campus at the hands of Ar. Ojas Hirani, Founder, CSRD, and National Functionary; Sanskar Bharti; and Mr. Siddharth Desai, Environmental Engineer, Jt. MD, Kishore Pumps
On the following day, under the aegis of ISDS and in collaboration with the Millennium Fellowship, SDG Hub, UNFCCC Hub, and BNCA, a National Symposium on Sustainable Development was held in BNCA on the topic of sustainable development. It consisted of two panels: youth actions and SDGs, and current actions and SDGs. The moderator for the first panel was Prof. Piyush Girgaonkar, and the panel comprised of guests Madhish Parikh, National Youth Awardee, Govt. of India, Sarika Mahotra, CEO, Tarpan Foundation, Mumbai, and Anugrah Nagaich, Asst. Prof. Urban Planning at NIT Bhopal and Dr. Priya Nagraj, CEO of the Pune Knowledge Cluster The next panel was moderated by Prof. Namrata Dhamankar and consisted of Dr. Jyoti Kiran - 5th Chairman of Rajasthan Finance Commission who joined via a Zoom call, Meghna Bordikar - Member of Legislative Assembly Maharashtra, Dr. (CDR) Arnab Das - Maritime Strategist, founder of Maritime Research Center and Indraneel Chitale - Partner at Chitale Bandhu. Pune and co-founder of Herbea. Hon. Smt. Poonam Mahajan graced the valedictory function of the National Symposium on Sustainable Development.
A survey was done to gather information and increase our awareness regarding the current waste management practices in our college. Here, we visited the wood workshop, fab lab, material museum, and library to see the amount and type of wood dry waste that is generated. We then had a discussion with college authorities about the management of this waste.
A survey was also done gather information about how this waste could be turned into useful construction materials and create small prototypes. But after discussions with faculty, we concluded that creating prototypes is not feasible considering the scale of the project. But we proceeded with exploring and researching the applications of reused waste in the construction industry.
The paper waste generated in college was all gathered and cut into short pieces. It was mixed with water and left to soak for 24 hours. On the next day, the soaked papers were ground to make a thick paste. The paste was further processed to make recycled papers and seed balls.
The paste was spread in moulds that were made from steel jaalis and left under the sun to produce recycled paper. Another product, i.e., the seed balls, was produced, and tulsi seeds were added to them. We later planted these seed balls on a nearby hillock.

About the Millennium Fellow

Ketaki Anant Badhe is an architecture student at Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College Of Architecture For Women in Pune, Maharashtra, India. She was born and raised in Nashik and is now a student in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Ketaki had always been passionate about working for social causes and, whenever possible, engaged herself in social work such as providing clothing and food to the poor on the streets. She has also been working passionately for street animals wherever she goes, providing them with proper food and shelter, which has helped her build social confidence and learn leadership qualities by taking a stand against people who are not supporting the cause and making them understand how to cater to problems and help the society through impactful works and solutions and continue working for the social cause. She aspires to be a professional architect because she believes that the field of architecture begins with the idea of making society live more comfortably while also saving the environment. This will allow her to contribute to the development of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

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