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So many great students are enrolled in the GreenHouse program that we just had to showcase some of their stories. 

Check them out by Faculty:

Engineering l Science l Math l Applied Health Science l Environment l Arts

Engineering

Richard Yim: Demine Robotics (originally The Landmine Boys)
Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

Richard is going to help rid the world of landmines with a new robotic device.

UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

#15: Life on Land

#16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UN Sustainability Goal 16 icon

UN Sustainability Goal 16 icon

    Dhruv Guliani and Shahid Mawji: Bamboo Labs
    Spring 2017 

    Dhruv and Shahid have learned a lot from an initiative that didn't go as planned.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    UN Sustainable Development Goal 9 icon

    UN Sustainable Goal number 12 icon 

    Sylvia Green: Your City in Motion
    Winter 2015

    Sylvia wants to let people in on a secret: Cycling is the best way to get around.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    #13: Climate Action

    Sustainable Goals # 11

    Sustainable Goals # 13

    Science

    Zied Etleb: Curiato
    Winter 2016 & Spring 2016

    Zied says "Bedsores aren’t sexy. And maybe that’s why they haven’t gotten the attention believes they deserve.”

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Alec Vyshnevski: Gravity Chamber
    Winter 2015

    Alec is eager to encourage a new movement around physical culture as a social project in community.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Mathematics

    Pragya Dawadi: The Dialogue Xchange
    Fall 2016 & Fall 2017

    Pragya knows that dialogue inspires action.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #5: Gender Equality

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    #17: Partnerships for the Goals

    Sustainability Goal #5
    Sustainability Goal #10
    Sustainability Goal #17

    Ashwin Vadivelu: Children’s 10
    Winter 2016

    Ashwin seeks to support the rebuilding of educational institutions in Sri Lanka after its recent civil war.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #4: Quality Education

    Sustainability Goal #4

    Alex Wong: CUE Parties
    Winter 2016

    Alex is co-creatior of CUE Parties, offering engaging zero-waste birthday parties with a heavy emphasis on teaching youth about sustainability, particularly in terms of consumption. 

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    UN Sustainable Goal number 12 icon 

    Nayani Rajamohan: Saakshi Innovations
    Winter 2016 & Spring 2016

    Nia delivers South Indian classical dance and music to audiences who would not otherwise have the chance to experience such performances.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Linna Zheng
    Spring, 2015

    Linna is improvising her way to a social enterprise.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Applied Health Science

    Bailee Walls: Just Bee
    Spring 2017

    Bailee is creating educational storybooks for children to help them learn about and cope with mental health.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    #4: Quality Education

    Sustainability Goals Number 3
    Sustainability Goal #4

    William Marchand
    Spring 2016 & Fall 2016

    William is tackling programming for people with young onset dementia.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Laura Morrison: GameChangers  
    Fall 2015 & Winter 2016

    Laura is interested in ending sexual violence and knows that it will take an innovative solution to combat deeply rooted perspectives of unhealthy masculinity.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    #5: Gender Equality

    #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Sustainability Goals Number 3
    Sustainability Goal #5
    Sustainability Goal #16

    Rachel Thompson: Marlena Books
    Spring 2015 

    Rachel is creating books to meet the needs of older adults with dementia.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Benny Hua: Node
    Spring 2015

    Benny is rethinking the compression sleeve for breast cancer survivors.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Tina Chan: PASS
    Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016 & Spring 2016

    Tina is helping students cope with stress and anxiety

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Laura Barkin: Moving Libraries
    Fall 2013, Fall 2014 & Winter 2015

    Laura aims to make studying an active experience by bringing FitDesks to the University.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    #4: Quality Education

    Sustainability Goals Number 3
    Sustainability Goal #4

    Rosalind Wilkes
    Fall 2016

    Rosalind wants to help support survivors of sexual violence.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #5: Gender Equality

    #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Sustainability Goal #5
    Sustainability Goal #16

    Christina Hassan: FullSoul Canada
    Winter 2014

    Christina is working to improve the state of maternal health in Uganda.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Environment

    Indi Madar: Arawelo
    Spring 2017

    Indi is working to break down barriers for racialized women passionate about physical recreation.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    Sustainability Goals Number 3
    Sustainability Goal #10

    Nadin Sadek
    Winter 2017

    Nadin is interested in consumerism, waste management, and finding creative ways to make a difference with a new line of skin care products made from recycled fruit and peels.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #12

    Nicole Yang: republic
    Winter 2017 

    Nicole is moving forward with an interactive game-based app that would allow users to explore their urban environments through augmented reality.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Sustainability Goal #11

    Sheng Bian
    Winter 2017

    Sheng wants to break down barriers to education for rural children in China.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #4: Quality Education

    Sustainability Goal #4

    Michael Wideman: Eggplantr
    Fall 2016

    Michael has an urban planning solution for those who want to garden but don't have the know-how or time.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #13: Climate Action

    #15: Life on Land

    Sustainability Goal #13
    Sustainability Goal #15

    Bailey Jacobs: Green2Green
    Fall 2016

    Bailey is going to make it easier for renovation contractors to help their clients go green. 

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #7: Affordable and Clean Energy

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    #13: Climate Action

    Sustainability Goal #7
    Sustainability Goal #12
    Sustainability Goal #13

    Richard Norton: The Edible Art Project
    Spring 2016

    Richard has set up a 'Pollinator Pyramid' to start a conversation about critical food systems and food security.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #15: Life on Land

    Sustainability Goal #15

    Joanna Hausen: Bee Balm
    Spring 2016

    Joanna and her team are creating a line of eco-friendly skin care products that are not only 100% sustainable but also support locals farms, green houses and businesses.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #12

    Sharita Henry: SUNSHINE
    Spring 2016 

    Sharita is devising an online platform that will help parents and educators communicate better about the needs of children with Asperger’s syndrome. 

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    #4: Quality Education

    Sustainability Goals Number 3
    Sustainability Goal #4

    Nikhil Jagga: HeadHealth
    Spring 2016 

    Nikhil is creating a specialized mindfulness tool to help people deal with depression and anxiety.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Renata Burns: AdNature
    Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

    Renata is learning how peer-to-peer support in GreenHouse is invaluable. 

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #3: Good Health and Well-Being

    Sustainability Goals Number 3

    Nicolas Smith
    Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

    Nicolas had often heard about the necessity of planning for sustainability, but it wasn’t until he attended the 2013 United Nations Warsaw Climate Change Conference that he saw why.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    #13: Climate Action

    Sustainability Goal #11
    Sustainability Goal #13

    Emma Shulist
    Winter 2016

    Emma is creating 'fruitful' conversation around student poverty, health, food, debt, and the role of food banks.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #1: No Povery

    #2: Zero Hunger

    Sustainability Goal #1
    Sustainability Goal #2

    Hannah Furlong: Rockstar Café
    Fall 2014

    Hannah says today’s youth unemployment and environmental crises need a revolutionary solution, and revolutions start in cafés.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

    #12: Sustainable Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #8
    Sustainability Goal #12

    Prianka Siva: Soupfull Bill
    Fall 2014 & Winter 2015

    Prianka wants to create a ‘LinkedIn for ideas’ so that the best ideas for social and environmental change don’t get lost in the discussion.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    Sustainability Goal #9

    Geoffrey Evamy Hill: Pan Canadian Undergraduate degree
    Fall 2014

    Geoffrey says students often attend university close to home, which deprives future leaders of a necessary understanding of the strengths of the regions of Canada.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #4: Quality Education

    #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    Sustainability Goal #4
    Sustainability Goal #9

    Samiya Hirji
    Fall 2014, Winter 2015 & Spring 2015

    Samiya was washing dishes when she had an epiphany about how much water we mindlessly waste and what she could do to raise awareness and reduce water consumption.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #6: Clean Water and Sanitation

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #6
    Sustainability Goal #12

    Dean Mizzi
    Fall 2014 & Winter 2015

    Dean would like to introduce you to another side of gaming.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #4: Quality Education

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Sustainability Goal #4
    Sustainability Goal #10
    Sustainability Goal #16

    Rhea Daniels
    Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 & Winter 2016

    Rhea is using GreenHouse as a journey to find her passion.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Sustainability Goal #10
    Sustainability Goal #16

    Fatima Youssef
    Fall 2016

    Fatima wants to help members of the Canadian refugee community live a full and meaningful life here in Canada.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Sustainability Goal #10
    Sustainability Goal #11

    Mavis Chan: whyvote
    Winter 2014 

    Mavis is developing an online peer-to-peer web application to motivate students to vote

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #13: Climate Action

    #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Sustainability Goal #13
    Sustainability Goal #16

    Lexi Salt: St. Paul’s Community Garden & Youth Consent Education
    Fall 2013 & Winter 2014

    Lexi wants to promote local and sustainable food resources and created the St. Paul's community garden.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #6: Clean Water and Sanitation

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    #15: Life on Land

    Sustainability Goal #6
    Sustainability Goal #10
    Sustainability Goal #15

    Arts

    Cassie Myers: SheLeads
    Spring 2017 

    Cassie is building a video game for girls to encourage core leadership skills.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #4: Quality Education

    #5: Gender Equality

    Sustainability Goal #4
    Sustainability Goal #5

    Elizabeth Stankiewicz: Finer Minds
    Spring 2017

    Elizabeth is developing a skill-building program for homeless youth with a mental health focus.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #1: No Poverty

    #4: Quality Education

    #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Sustainability Goal #1
    Sustainability Goal #4
    Sustainability Goal #8

    Julia Hiscock: MapleKey Pods
    Spring 2017

    Julia is finding ways to make sleeping more secure by introducing individual sleeping pods to Canada.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #1: No Poverty

    Sustainability Goal #1

    Anna Chang: Midori Co
    Winter 2017

    Anna has long-term plans to get her eco-fashion company, Midori, off the ground, exploring how textiles can be repurposed to alleviate landfill waste.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #12

    Konica Kochar
    Winter 2016 

    Konica helped put a a face on homelessness during her stay at St. Paul's GreenHouse.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #1: No Poverty

    Sustainability Goal #1

    Dinojah Patkunarajah and Sybill Jules
    Fall 2015 & Fall 2017 

    Dinojah and Sybill are breaking employment barriers for immigrants.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Sustainability Goal #8

    Trishala Pillai: The Dialogue Xchange
    Fall 2015 & Winter 2016

    Trishala is harnessing passion to make a difference.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #5: Gender Equality

    #10: Reduced Inequalities

    #17: Partnerships for the Goals

    Sustainability Goal #5
    Sustainability Goal #10
    Sustainability Goal #17

    Kwame Ansong: Civil News
    Fall 2014 & Winter 2015

    Kwame investigates the way news is disseminated. In a world of thousands of news sources, how do you ever know whom to listen to?

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #16: Peace, Justive and Strong Institutions

    Sustainability Goal #16

    Patrick Quan
    Spring 2015

    Patrick is using his business know-how to achieve social change.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #12

    Elle Crevits: Food Not Waste
    Winter 2015

    Elle wants to develop a way to get food that’s still edible to people who need food.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #1: No Poverty

    #2: Zero Hunger

    #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

    Sustainability Goal #1
    Sustainability Goal #2
    Sustainability Goal #12

    Alisha Karmali
    Fall 2014 & Winter 2015 

    Alisha and her team want to enhance early childhood education in urban slums.

    UN Sustainabie Development goals targeted:  

    #4: Quality Education

    Sustainability Goal #4

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