ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2018

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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship.  In the three months the application was open in 2018, students applied to join the Class of 2018 on 285 campuses across 57 nations.  30 campuses worldwide (just 11%) were selected to host the 530 Millennium Fellows in the global pilot this year. 

The Class of 2018 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 310,000 people worldwide this year. 


UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SAMANTHA GISTREN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2018.

Georgia Institute of Technology l Georgia, USA l Advancing SDG 12 and UNAI 9

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“As a problem solver at heart and with engineering in my bones, I am drawn to unpacking problems spaces and innovating solutions to help others. Having the privilege of growing up in culturally diverse environments, I have seen the beauties and the disparities in the world. Through the Millennial Fellowship I am excited to work with motivated and inspiration young minds who want to have a positive impact on the world, creating a better future for us all.”

Millennium Fellowship Project

The Small Businesses, Big Impact project aims to implement a working model with small businesses surrounding the Georgia Tech community to prompt customers to practice sustainable waste disposal. The project’s team will start by assisting three businesses to streamline their waste management by optimizing their recycling and/or composting programs, and expand the program in the following semester. Their main measurable goal is to reduce improper waste disposal (recyclables being thrown away, or non-recyclables being thrown in recycling bins) by 50% or more. Their progress will be measured by conducting waste audits and interviews with three chosen coffee shops in the metro Atlanta area to create the model off of.

About the Millennium Fellow

Samantha Gistren is a fourth year Environmental Engineering Major with interests in Water Conservation and Sanitation, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Consulting. She is Swedish-American; she was born in Raleigh, NC however, she spent most of her life living outside of the US in Hong Kong and Sao Paulo, Brazil. She considers Sao Paulo her hometown and hopes to move back some day or move around internationally. She enjoys travel, community service, and considers herself a life-long learner. If she could travel anywhere in the world she'd visit Fiji or go somewhere where she can see the Northern Lights.

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