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Handprint Challenge: Sustainability Challenge for Colleges in Asia-Pacific


  Supported by UNEP, this challenge aimed at promoting sustainability in college students across Asia and the Pacific by asking students to form teams (not exceeding 10 members per team), identify sustainability issues on their campus and propose an action plan to be implemented by them in the upcoming months.

Nineteen of the best project ideas from India, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal and Vietnam were selected and funds were assigned to each team for the practical execution of their individual green proposals in their college campuses or cities.

 

 Top teams were given a seed funding of up to USD 1000 each (upto USD 750 for preliminary qualifiers and an extra USD 500 for final winners), to implement their action plans and carry out sustainability activities on campus. The reports from these teams are available on the website and their individual profiles on the contest page. Based on their Handprint, the teams with the largest Handprint in their region were adjudged winners and awarded the Handprint flag in an award ceremony held at Centre for Environment Education (CEE), in February, 2015

 

Read more about the projects done by the 19 teams below:

 

   

Biodiversity Park, Nepal

Students of Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science are planting varieties of trees to conserve landforms, prevent erosion, increase fertility, and improve aesthetics, and educating and encouraging the local community to maintain a sustainable clean, green and healthy environment. readmore...

        Catch the Rain Drop, India
The project attempts to make water conservation practices more sustainable and contribute towards solving the water supply shortages in Pune city, by introducing water harvesting. readmore...
                   
   

Climate Smart Forestry, Indonesia

An innovative project to help conserve tropical forestry and biodiversity in Indonesia and to increase productivity of forest products and resilience (adaptation), reduce/remove GHGs (mitigation), and achieve Sustainable Forest Management. readmore...

       

Creation of a Microhabitat for Butterflies, India

 ‘Creation of a Microhabitat for Butterflies’ aims at sustaining the biodiversity of the Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering campus by creating a micro-habitat for butterflies to gain insight into the behavior and role of butterflies in sustaining natural ecosystems. readmore...

                   
   

Developing Campus Biodiversity Park and Green Trail, India

A team of ten students intend to create a well guided trail in their campus for students, teachers and the local community to experience a walk through rich biodiversity and observe varieties of flora and fauna. readmore...

       

Developing Entrepreneurship through Waste Management, Nepal

The project intends to develop a Green Youth Entrepreneurship for the students by involving them in the area of laboratory waste management, paper waste management and garden development to reduce finances currently being spent in Waste management sector. readmore...

                   
   

The Garb"less"age, India

The project plans to tackle the waste at the source by introducing the programme of identification, quantification, segregation and promotion of alternative uses of waste, to ultimately change the attitude of the CEPT Community. readmore...

       

IRMA Organic Farming Club, India

IRMA Organic Farming Club project aims at developing an efficient and sustainable Organic farming system in their campus and a technique to spread awareness about sustainable agriculture as well as to learn the concept of Agricultural Business Management. readmore...

                   
   

Malaysian Youth Heroes Project, Malaysia
The project involves both interactive and hands-on environmental learning experiences with an aim to train young Malaysian youths to understand the basic scientific strategy to clean up contaminated Brownfield sites with the aid of a sophisticated green technology called Phytoremediation. readmore...

       

Nbin Project, Vietnam

Students of Vietnam National University aim to improve the awareness of students in the campus about classifying garbage by developing a classifying system.readmore...

                   
   

Prayas - An effort to create a carbon neutral campus, India

The project focuses on achieving a carbon neutral campus, by measuring each activity performed in the campus that is contributing to the carbon footprint.readmore...

       

Project Accelerate, India

The project aims at setting up a replicable model for establishing college campuses into premium hubs of incubation for green and sustainable start-ups and business ideas.readmore...

                   
   

Remake Festival, Nepal

The projects aims to educate and spread awareness among people about the contemporary environmental issues and also bring out the best ideas of environment conservation within the people so that they are able to advocate and attract the attention of the concerned authorities.readmore...

       

Rooftop Gardening, Nepal

The Rooftop Gardening project demonstrates current and creative ways to affordably produce food in small, urban spaces by promoting greening of spaces like small level rooftops, college entrances, parking spaces and vertical gardening, to decrease the heat effect, water runoff, and improve air quality.  readmore...

                   
   

SEW: Sustainable and Ethical Waste Management Project, Nepal

Project SEW focuses on sustainable and ethical management of wastes along with developing a habit of wisely using dustbins and introducing the culture of 3Rs i.e. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle concept among university students, staff, teachers and all stakeholders. readmore...

       

Site Specific Art Installations to enhance and promote bio-diversity, India

The project attempts to sensitize the large student body of St. Xavier’s college to field botany, conservation and protection, by site-specific installations and artistic engagement, promoting as well as conserving bio-diversity in their campus.readmore...

                   
   

UpGREEN, Philippines

The main goal of the project is to be able to make the campus at Caraga State University Cabadbaran a "Green Model" across the region and to create a positive change by upholding eco-friendly activities for environmental sustainability, by encouraging the students to reduce carbon footprints and handprints and shifting into practices that are environmental friendly. readmore...

       

Use of ICTs for Agriculture, Nepal

The project focuses on promoting use of social media channels in disseminating Agricultural information, use of blogging to promote the sustainable development goals at a global level and the use of mobile phone technology to disseminate the agriculture information and innovations at the farmer level.readmore...

                   
   

Waste Management and their Economic Utilization Project, Nepal

A team of students proposed to implement a sustainable Waste Management plan in their campus by promoting proper waste segregation procedures in the campus, spreading awareness about decomposable and non-decomposable waste and utilization of the waste material for educational purposes along with pollution management and diversity conservation of the college premises.readmore...