We believe that students today can shape the world of tomorrow by driving innovative solutions to the challenges that we face. It is imperative to transform young learners into responsible citizens with sustainable, eco–friendly lifestyles and schools remain the hub for bringing in change and larger impact in society. Not just creating or installing infrastructures that promote the use, reuse and recycling of energies, students need to be empowered to ideate, suggest improvements and assess the impact of their intervention too. Like to calculate how much water was saved after installing rainwater harvesting structures in school? Or how much electricity was saved after equipping the building through solar panels? That’s where the ‘WHY’ is answered.
This competition offers students from India, a chance to showcase their innovative ideas and critical thinking skills to champion sustainability integration into day-to-day life in the school environment.
By submitting a 4-5minute video, our future leaders stand to win fantastic prizes and an opportunity to showcase their innovative sustainability projects to our global student and alumni community.
Your work will be recognized at an online awards ceremony and proudly featured on the University’s website and social media channels.
Winners and finalists will receive attractive prizes*.
Prizes and certificates will be shared in October 2022.
You need to be:
Note: You may form a team with one or two fellow students and a teacher from your school.
2021 winner – Adhi Daiv of The Shri Ram School Moulsari, Gurugram
This project was seeded in the year 2020, in ‘Dhaulpur’ district of Rajasthan, India. Within one year, the land coverage area increased to 12 acres of land in three villages ‘Seekar’ district of Rajasthan, impacting the lives of 20,000 people. Undertaken to reverse the ecological impact of Global warming, this project mobilised the local community members comprising of men, women, children and civic bodies, towards creating a reality of Green Deserts!
Mini Reshika.J and Andrea Bettina.A of Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai
Humanity faces many threats, but none is greater than climate change. Climate change is caused by several factors but in this video, we have considered air-conditioners as one of the important factors that release CFCs thereby affecting the climate. That's why we've proposed the Homi Cool which is applicable only for houses as the water is supplied continuously by recycling the wastewater. Our Innovation is to switch the typical air-conditioner's refrigerant with an eco-friendly refrigerant such as water without experiencing a shortage of water during summer.
Ananya Chatterjee, Syeda Shua Zaidi, Tvisha Talwar of Bluebells School International, New Delhi
Combating the deadly impact of climate change and forcing us to stop and take note of their innovative idea on an Air-conditioner, that gives cool air with help of ice and the very smart idea of Smart Green cities which aim to reverse the carbon footprint of modern cities and purify the air.
Participation is open to students pursuing Grade 11 or 12 at an English medium school in India (any board).
Participants should submit their entries directly through the University's website.
The last date for submission is 5 Septembe 2022.
To create a video, you should:
No, participation in the competition is free of charge.
No, each participating team can enter only one project entry.
Yes, students may take the help of a teacher. In such case, the teacher’s details have to be mentioned in the application form.
Each submission will be evaluated against the degree to which the project meets the category and to which the actions were deemed to be innovative, transformative and impactful. The weightage distribution is as follows:
The submissions will be reviewed by the judging panel from 1 to 30 September 2022.
Results will be conveyed in the week of 10 to 15 October 2022.
All finalists will be notified via email by the University of Sydney and contacted directly to plan their participation at the Online Award Ceremony.