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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


" Being a part of Millennium Fellowship will help me grow my knowledge and will help me understand new things and various goals of living a sustainable life. I believe that , if your environment is kept clean and hygienic, automatically you will feel energetic, your mind will be at peace, you'll feel much lighter and sorted which has become a very important in our life. "

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

Riddhi Baphana is an architecture student, at Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture,Pune, Maharashtra, India. She is always eager to try new arts and craft skills and always tries to learn something new everyday. She is a passionate artist and loves to travel and go out in nature, and enjoy the beauty of the mother earth. Besides this, she also likes to keep her environment clean and hygienic, and always tries to help others to understand the need of cleanliness and how one can feel absolutely energetic and at peace, just by keeping their surrounding environment clean and hygienic. She also tries to avoid single use non recyclable products and goes for sustainable alternatives. With the help of Millennium Fellowship program she will be able to learn new things and can look forward to continue all of this in future and also, help others to understand the importance of sustainable and clean living.

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