The Waste Nothing Challenge
Global theme for the President's Challenge for Climate Solutions 2022
The theme “Waste Nothing,” has been selected to help students, residents, and interns engage with the massive issues of climate in a more manageable and pragmatic way. While the most obvious issue stemming from this theme is that of waste and pollution reduction, there are other ways to conceptualise ‘waste nothing’. Students may want to look at how waste products are created through hospital operations, the cafeterias at AKU, their own eating and cleaning habits at home and in hostels, in their communities, through economic activity in wider society, and much more.
Moving towards the alternate conception of wasting nothing—this may trigger students’ minds towards thinking of all the valuable resources that are wasted, and which could be conserved and reused, on a regular basis in their lives—e.g., water, electricity, gas, oil, food, and so much more.
The Challenge will consist of an annual educational and awareness campaign combined with an annual submissions-based competition.
Participants will be provided support in the forms of an Ideation Sprint, advisory sessions with subject matter experts, field visits to AKU and external facilities of power, water, and waste management.
This Challenge will kick off in May 2022 and will engage students through a variety of interactive events, culminating in a grand closing ceremony in November 2022.