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uOttawa Champions of the 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 and actions towards a sustainable future for our uOttawa campus, community and beyond!

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.

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


    uOttawa SDG Champions

    Past winners

    Evan Boogaart, étudiant, droit civil
    Evan a déjà entamé des discussions avec d’autres entrepreneurs sociaux sur la conception du projet et établi le modèle d’affaires de son projet visant à transformer le système de jardinage urbain en un plein système d'économie au service de l'environnement. Dans cette économie locale, ce qui était auparavant des « restes alimentaires » ou « déchets », est employé afin de produire de la nourriture pour l'ensemble de la communauté. Tout le monde peut y participer et en tirer égal bénéfice peu importe s'ils ont 0 compétence ou qu'ils sont pauvres. Son but est de former, entrainer, supporter les communautées par de l'expertise agro-alimentaire et tout le financement, matériel, ressources, main d'oeuvre nécessaires.
    ODD 2

    Student, Telfer School of Management,
    In the initial concept development phase, this initiative would include creating action groups that would allow students to create pilot projects (micro missions) in their community addressing its more pressing issues. The action groups would be interdisciplinary and be spearheaded by subject matter experts (professors, scholars, community leaders, etc.). The action groups would be a vehicle for real-life learning all while making an actual tangible difference in the community. Their first action will be to call out for micro mission ideas and begin recruiting volunteers and create a database for action groups.
    SDG 17

    Team submission:
    Carina Harb, student, Arts; Noah Hall, student, Social Sciences; David Bédard, student, Social Sciences
    Food Waste is currently one of the leading causes of ghg emissions: methane is produced during decomposition in landfills, CO2 released during transportation and there is unnecessary labor, processing, and transportation at a production level. Non-composted food waste at uOttawa is currently 200-400 tonnes per year. Therefore, finding a solution to how to deal with food waste will allow institutions to become more environmentally friendly, encourage composting methods, and save money which can be invested in other more significant projects. Our proposed method, the bokashi method, can solve these problems. Bokashi is often done on a smaller scale. The team is working on a concept for a technique to perfect the technique on a small scale then we want to implement this on a larger scale, on campus, to be able to divert more waste. It is a japanese composting method that involves fermenting compost with microorganisms to allow organic matter to disintegrate faster. The Bokashi method can break down food scraps in as little as one month, and can handle much more than 2 tonnes; essentially it can handle as much as the plastic bins we acquire can hold. Secondly, the Bokashi method doesn’t only reduce methane potential, but also retains nitrogen and doesn’t produce very much CO2 at all. This makes it local, sustainable, and low carbon, (low GHG’s in general)!  Additionally, it does not require human input, nor machine which solves the complex and expensive mechanical composting strategies. Bokashi is the best fertilzer by creating much healthier soils and allowing plants to thrive.Finally, the produced compost fertilizer will be donated to community gardens in the areas or farms.
    SDG 9 & SDG 11 


    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



    Events, Funding & Educational Resources


    Showcase your 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, #UnitedNations. Don’t forget to tag us @uOttawa and our social media accounts: Facebook and Instagram, as well as LinkedIn!

    • November 17: mapping constraints and solutions for sustainable development issues on campus (

    Learn more about uOttawa activities!



    Funding opportunity research on implementation of the United Nations SDGs – OUI-IOHE (January 16, 2021)
    Call for proposals: Case Studies of Climate Change Communication and Education - MECCE (January 4, 2021)


    Educational Resources

    Climate Change Guidebook: Decade of Action 

    Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth

    Professors and Staff

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