Winter 2021 uOttawa Contest on Sustainable Development Goals

There’s never been a better time to come together to create your own impact in the world! Help build a better tomorrow by sharing your ideas on a sustainable future for our uOttawa campus, community and beyond!

What are we looking for? If you have a brand new idea or if you’re already taking action on fighting for a more sustainable future, we want to hear from you! Submit your application  and showcase your initiative!

To be eligible to the contest, participants must:

Who can participate?

  • Students (domestic, international, part-time, full-time) 
  • Alumni
  • Professors (all teaching personnel) 
  • Staff (all support staff at uOttawa) 

Why participate?

  • Small changes can make big differences. Living sustainably leads to better personal health, greater prosperity in our communities and a healthier environment.
  • Participants submitting as a team will receive accreditation for one eligible activity towards the Entrepreneurial Mindset Certificate (networking stream) and the uOGlobal recognition.


  • Individual entry : One gift basket filled with zero-waste items from Nu Grocery
  • Honourable mention : One gift basket filled with zero-waste items from Nu Grocery
  • Winning team (up to 5 members): Monetary prize to support the proposed initiative

Deadline to submit your entry to the uOttawa SDG Contest: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 3 p.m.

uOttawa SDG Contest Application Form 


Don’t know where to begin? Get inspired here!

Have questions about the contest? Write to us!


Thanks to the support of our exclusive sponsor!

uOttawa student initiatives (2019):

Jacintha Gedeon, Common Law/Social Sciences
As Program Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada, I work hard to develop programs to help provide access to justice to vulnerable communities in the city.
SDG 13 and 16

Léa Carpentier, Arts; Yan Haiyi, Arts; Astha Saxena, Social Sciences
Our drama project consists of involving uOttawa students to use our privileged position as university students to pass on the awareness about the importance of SDGs.
SDG 3, 4, 10, 11, 17

Kami Temisjean, Civil Law
With my spouse, we are writing a "responsible" cookbook that will be sold to raise funds to set up a community kitchen in Montreal.
SDG 12

Michelle Wronski, Arts; Elisabeth Mercier, Engineering/Science
Project Nibi is a community project run by 7 students, focused on finding solutions to boil water advisories affecting several indigenous communities across Canada.
SDG 12

Georgiana Ghitau, Social Sciences
In my Bridging Borders club, we are working on creating a sustainability program with several community partners. We will organize job search workshops for refugees, newcomers and people with disabilities.
SDG 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 17

Rahul Balasundaram, Social Sciences
We mobilized over 160 participants from public, private, civil society and academic actors to discuss various sustainable development challenges around the world.
All 17 SDGs


Showcase your online intercultural and international events here – write to us!

Consider using SDG logos as part of your event promotional tools by sharing them in a post on social media using the following hashtags: #SDGs #IEW2020, #uOttawa, #uOGlobal, #uOExperience, #UnitedNations.

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