SDG Action Projects

Knowledge Fair Projects 2023

Sustainable Protein Sources

Awarded Best Overall Project, for its meaningful contribution towards the SDG, exhibiting strong intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and sense of community.

Targeting goal 12


  • Arpita Khullar, York University
  • Annabelle Tucker, Brunel University
  • Dawn Theocharoulas, York University
  • Grace Ndlovu, York University
  • Richard Wu, York University

  • Ian Garrett, York University
  • Nigel Scott, Think Pacific







Awarded the Creative solutions Award for the project’s high degree of interdisciplinary thinking to mobilize and engage communities to act on the SDGs.

Targeting goal 2

Group Members:

  • Jasleen Nagra, York University
  • Samanta Gomes, York University
  • Tanyaradzwa Makoni, York University
  • Von Carlo Pangilinan, Tarlac Agricultural University
  • Xinyue Wang, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • David Huerta Harris, Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • Geoffrey M. Kistruck, York University

Food Waste Reduction Plan at York University

Awarded SDGs in Partnership for its outstanding collaboration and community engagement

Targeting goal 12

Group Members:

  • Maria Jose Pernas Rodriguez, York University
  • Maurinne Garciela Berewoudougou, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Carmen Parra, Abat Oliba CEU University
  • Divya Singhal, Goa Institute of Management

Food4All Delivery Program

Targeting goal 2

Group Members:

  • Peter Komiti, Brunel University
  • Salwa Regragui, York University 
Faculty Mentors

Athletic Leadership for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future

Targeting goal 10

Group Members:

  • Saranya Sivaneshon
  • Annie Jacqueline Garcia Cancino
Faculty Mentors

  • Kiemute Oyibo
  • Mohammad Ershadul Karim

Bridging the Generational Digital Divide

Targeting goal 10

Group Members:

  • Anacristina Helguera - Tecnologico de Monterrey
  • Pritumi Patel - York University
  • Deepansh Batra - York University
Faculty Mentors

  • Charles Hopkins
  • Katrin Kohl
  • Benny Soliman

Project STEP Glocal

Targeting goal 2

Group Members:

  • Sundas Begum, York University
  • Aqsa Aman, Brunel University
  • Francis Darko, Flinders University
  • Yedidja Tshebe
  • Kenza Ivanna Amor, Tec De Monterrey
  • Yaocihuatl Borrayo
Faculty Mentors

  • Caroline Gabis, Tarlac Agricultural University


Targeting goal 12

Group Members:

  • Evelyne Muriuki
Faculty Mentors

Echoes of Femicide

Targeting goal 16

Group Members:

  • Juliana De Braga
  • Federico Pozzo
  • Uswa Shafaque
Faculty Mentors

Promoting Student Activism and Advocacy on Campus: Proposing a General Assembly at York University

Targeting goal 16

Group Members:

  • Olakunle Oluwatobi
  • Kandana Weerasinghe
  • Anushka Nair
  • Lakeisha Eshiwani
  • Heet Narechania
  • Ejiroghene Ugolor
Faculty Mentors

  • Cuiying Jian
  • Jelani Karamoko
  • Valentina Stojceska


Knowledge Fair Projects 2022-23

Madawaska Valley Foodbank Website Improvement Project

Awarded Best Overall Project, for its meaningful contribution towards the SDG, exhibiting strong intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and sense of community.

Targeting goal 1. 2. 3. 10. 17.

Food insecurity affects both developed and developing countries because population growth is positively correlated with food insecurity and water scarcity. Foodbanks are at the forefront of addressing food insecurity challenges and are crucial for many communities around the world. Group 4 partnered with Madawaska Valley Food Bank in Ontario as well as a digital company to help the Madawaska Valley community and surrounding communities within the Renfrew County in increasing exposure, marketing and accessibility for the Foodbank. Through an improved and accessible website platform that supports community members in need, volunteers and donors, Group 4 contributes to reduction in poverty, hunger and inequities and thus contribute to their health and wellbeing. 


  • Colin Maitland, York University
  • Hiba Sundhu, York University
  • Gurjit Toor, York University
  • Nabanita Majumder, University of Miami
  • Jose Ignacio Reyes, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez

  • Sadia Malik, York University
  • Kevin McKeening, Brunel University of London

Aquifier: Water Sanitation Global Case Studies

Awarded SDGs in Partnership for its outstanding collaboration and community engagement

Targeting goal 6

Targeting the Sustainable Development goal 6 Clean Water, Group 3 created a resource for grassroots organizations contributing to the goals of water and sanitation for all by 2030. They identified, compiled and researched Case Studies of various water sanitation and management initiatives and issues worldwide (i.e. Canada, US and Brazil). Using secondary research, members created accessible infographics to illustrate their case studies which were collectively posted onto a public Microsoft Sway document.

Group Members:

  • Alessia Mole, York University
  • Mennatt Zahra, York University
  • Wanandi Dominique, York University
  • Ilyas Basit, York University
  • Alexis Wilson, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Leah Abayao, University of the Philippines Baguio
  • Mark Terry, York University

Promoting Helpful Attitudes - Harm Reduction & Drug Use in the Philippines

Awarded the Creative solutions Award for the project’s high degree of interdisciplinary thinking to mobilize and engage communities to act on the SDGs.

Targeting goal 3. 17

In 2010, an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C occurred in Cebu City, one of the largest cities in the Philippines. More than 50% of People Who Inject Drugs (PWIDs) tested positive for HIV, and 93% had an HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection. Public health authorities are aware of the need for harm reduction interventions; however, there is lack of political support. Group 5 aims to raise awareness among youth about the benefits of harm reduction as a means to reduce the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C among drug users. Their project provides a “toolbox” of awareness-raising and policy advocacy materials for harm reduction approach.

Group Members:

  • Jigme Tsering, York University
  • Yuliya Chorna, York University
  • Ayush Sharma, York University
  • Kentaro Kojima, University of the Philippines Baguio 
  • Tinuade Salami, York University
  • Gurher Sidhu, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Trevor VandenBoer, Brunel University of London
  • Sian Lun, York University

Bio-Stimulants: A Sustainable Solution for Agriculture

Targeting goal 8. 9. 12. 17

Bio-stimulants can help in achieving several of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting sustainable agriculture and reducing environmental impacts.

Overall, the use of bio-stimulants can contribute to more sustainable and resilient agriculture systems, which can help to achieve multiple SDGs simultaneously. However, it's important to note that bio-stimulants alone are not a silver bullet solution, and their effectiveness may depend on a range of factors, such as soil type, crop species, and application methods. A holistic approach that integrates bio-stimulants with other sustainable agriculture practices may be necessary to achieve the SDGs.

Group Members:

  • Nina-Alexandra Aghdasi
  • Vansh Arora
  • Gabrielle Dutil
  • Shaheen Kanwal
  • Prikankshit Mor
Faculty Mentors:

  • Theodorus Peridis, York University

Sustainability in the Fish Industry

Targeting goal 2. 8. 12. 14

This project recommends the company invest in their customer education on sustainability efforts, improving traceability, and promote sustainable aquaculture to achieve some of the set-out SDG goals.

Group Members:

  • Ankita Tiwari, York University
  • Chirag Kaushik, York University
  • Nadim Dabbous, York University
  • Pavreet Singh Kohli, York University
  • Priyanka Jha, York University
  • Swathi Kalaivani Alagaraj, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Theodoros Peridis, York University

Low-Cost Medical Services Database

Targeting goal 1. 3

Although it is true that there are many non-governmental organizations that provide low-cost or even free health services, the information may not easily flow into the hands of those who need them the most. In this regard, we believe that this situation may be even more exacerbated in low resources countries such as the Philippines. Considering these gaps, we would like to introduce a website summarizing critical healthcare information to bridge this knowledge gap such that our target population can comprehensively grasp the necessary information required to make better-informed healthcare decisions at a low cost. 

Group Members

  • Ashraf Hutchcraft, York University
  • Moses Chelsea, York University
  • Pang King Yin, York University
  • Maria Angela Natividad, University of the Philippines Baguio 
Faculty Mentors

  • Valentina Stojceska, Brunel University of London
  • Adeyemi Olusola, York University

Carnes Loma Verde

Targeting goal 2. 3. 8. 12

This project developed a plan to reallocate CLV (Canes Loma Verde)’s food supply from restaurants to school programs, in a way that satisfies CLV’s mission and economic goals while concurrently contributing to this important issue. Our target is specifically to increase the number of schools that CLV provides by 3X in the next 5 years. Thus, enabling CLV to realize a profit and advance SDG number two by serving hungry school children through their programs.

Group Members:

  • Austin Leggett, York University
  • Kaliopi Dimitrakoudis, York University
  • Denis Keimakh, York University
  • Shaheryar Khan, York University
  • Rita Iafrate, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Theodoros Peridis, York University

Basic First Aid Program for Remote Communities in Costa Rica

Targeting goal 1. 3. 9. 17

The basic first aid project in rural Costa Rica hopes to bring basic and emergency first aid training, through a non-certificate-based program to communities. This project aims to teach young adults, and adults CPR, choking, and minor injury care skills in order to preserve life, in remote areas with a delayed emergency medical response. The goal of this project is to amplify voices and confidence of rural communities in Costa Rica that have identified gaps in health care response, due to delayed emergency response times, by giving them basic first aid training.

Group Members:

  • Alison Stacey, York University
  • Michelle Wijesinghe, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Marierose Talla

Slowing Down Fast Fashion

Targeting goal 6. 12

Through this project, we are targeting SDGs 6 and 12. We are aiming to raise awareness and encourage an open dialogue about the impact of fast fashion garment manufacturers on the environment and our own individual consumption of their products.

Group Members:

  • Mikaela Cordero, York University
  • Claire West, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Rama Pulicharla, York University
  • Partick Clark, York University

The Connections Between Homelessness & Health

Targeting goal 1. 3

Homelessness is a critical issue that affects individuals and communities worldwide, and it has significant implications for individuals' health and well-being. This project is dedicated to exploring the link between homelessness and health, including social, physical, and mental health. The research involved in this project includes surveys and interviews with people experiencing homelessness, government and non-governmental organizations, news articles, and scientific journals.

Group Members:

  • Natasha Advanti, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Douglas Barraza, Universidad Nacional & Universidad Tacnica Nacional de Costa Rica
  • Woldegebriel Assefa Woldegerima, York University

End Poverty Now (EPN), Equal Opportunities, Equal Outcomes: Ending Poverty and Stigma

Targeting goal 1. 3

This project aims to destigmatize poverty, within the context of Toronto, through knowledge sharing and promotion of resources. With the intention of taking a proactive approach to end poverty stigmatization, we must ensure that the next generation is well informed. By utilizing our educational and professional experiences in varying fields, we have created a well informed and comprehensive pamphlet that explains the complex discourse of poverty in a way that is palatable to a wide demographic including children, adults, and seniors.

Group Members:

  • Sheila Noriega Mestanza, York University
  • Asmaa Mohammed, York University
  • Clarence Paclibare, University of the Philippines Baguio
  • Precious Osadjere, York University
  • Rachel Hannah, York University
  • Sonia Said, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Mary-Helen Armour, York University
  • Tze Ying Sim, Sunway University

Advancing Gender Equality and the SDGs: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Policy Development and Implementation

Targeting goal 5

This project aims to create best practices and recommendations for policy development around gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With a focus on ethical engagement with survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and the importance of women's embodied knowledge and personal experiences, this research seeks to inform the development of policies that prioritize survivor-centered and trauma-informed approaches. The project's goal is to ensure that the perspectives and experiences of survivors inform policy development, leading to more effective and equitable outcomes.

Menstrual Hygiene for women in Manual Labour in the Philippines

Targeting goal 6. 8

This project suggests that conducting a robust study of the cost of potential economic loss will spur the government to make policies that will enforce WASH facilities. Systematic documentation of WASH environment in informal workplaces. Evidence for action at policy and program levels is to be preserved by all agencies involved. National and International bodies address the very neglected issue of health inequity on a priority basis.

Bridge the gap between Newcomer/ Refugees population and the Indigenous

Targeting goal 4. 17

Newcomers and Refugees in Canada lack resources and knowledge to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation journey. This project aims to bridge the gap between Newcomer/ Refugees population and the Indigenous population by collaborating with BAM collective- Books, Art and Music to host an event “Bridging the gap between Newcomers, Refugees and Indigenous peoples' on March 5th. The event will host an interactive research study presentation led by refugee and Indigenous youth, live performances, creative workshops, networking opportunities, and more.

Pilot Year (2021-2022)

PADS – Promoting Access and Deconstructing Stigma

Awarded Best Overall Project, for its meaningful contribution towards the SDG, exhibiting strong intercultural and interdisciplinary collaboration and sense of community.

PADS or the Promoting Access and Deconstructing Stigma is a project which aims to create meaningful discussions about periods and promotes the overall well-being of people who menstruate. Talking about menstruation and reproductive health is still taboo in some parts of the world. With the PADs project, Group 11 hopes to be able to advocate and support reproductive and sexual health education as well as provide equitable access to period menstrual products working alongside community partners - Laadliyan, a nonprofit organization located in Brampton for women, Software For Love, a non-profit organization whose mission is to give back to other non-profits through technology supports, and Poblacion V, a barangay/village located in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines.


  • Chizaram Eje, York University
  • Emery Alday, York University
  • Fauzhea Guiani, University of the Philippines
  • Manvir Mangat, York University
  • Kirubel Shewarega, Universita degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale

  • Cheryl L van Daalen-Smith, York University
  • Katrin Kohl, Executive Coordinator, York UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability







Influencing Waste Management Behaviours of the Filipino Youth: Recycling Olympics

Awarded SDGs in Partnership for its outstanding collaboration and community engagement

As a response to the targets of SDG 11.6.1- Solid Waste Management, Group 6 conducted research and implemented a community-based intervention to uphold solid waste management practices, such as the recycling behaviour of Filipino communities, specifically the youth. The Recycling Olympics was designed and piloted by the team with university students and community partners in the Philippines - University of the Philippines Haring Ibon (UPHI), a student-led organization committed to environment protection and Youth for Justice, Service, and the Environment, a youth-led organization found in Kalinga, a province in Northern Philippines.

Group Members:

  • Carmina Ioia, York University
  • Roxanne Tremblay, York University
  • Gagandeep Singh, York University
  • Tewodros Teklu Teklehaymanot, Universita degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale
  • Jessel Domerique Herradura, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Van Sach Nguyen, Universita degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale
  • Mohammed Abrar, Universita degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale
Faculty Mentors:

  • Alidad Amirfazli, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University
  • Diana Segura, Department of Social work and Health, Tecnologico de Costa Rica

Global Citizenship Education in the Philippines and Sri Lanka

A Collaborative Discourse and Curriculum Analyses for Quality Education

Awarded the Creative solutions Award for the project’s high degree of interdisciplinary thinking to mobilize and engage communities to act on the SDGs.

This group investigated the efficacy of global citizenship education (GCED) in the Philippines and in Sri Lanka using discourse and documentary-style research analysis. To understand the gaps in the educational system in GCED cross-culturally, the group examined the language communicated by academics, public policy stakeholders, and relevant figures implementing, advocating, or promoting the curriculum. And finally, Group 8 worked together on producing a working (draft) syllabus – one each for Sri Lanka and the Philippines - both informed by the socio-cultural contexts of the respective countries.

Group Members:

  • Danica Grace Bautista, University of the Philippines
  • Mila Monica Maralit, University of the Philippines
  • Renchillina Joy Supan, University of the Philippines
  • Christiane Marie Canillo York University
  • Edgar Torres Cano BA International Studies, York University
  • Ravichandiranesan Ponnudurai, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • James Papple, York University English Language Institute (YUELI)
  • Elvira Margarita Lora Peña, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Dominican Republic)
  • Ana Maria Martinez, Las Nubes EcoCampus (EUC/YI), York University

Promoting Responsible Consumption through Climate-Smart Practices

A Community-Based Participatory Approach

To contribute to SDG 11: Sustainable communities, the project team targeted participation rates in climate change mitigation by introducing climate-smart solutions and raising awareness of water-related disasters as a consequence of climate change in the University of Philippines – Mindanao campus community. The climate-smart solutions include replacing the existing facilities with a central water fountain running on solar power with extra features, a climate-smart water shower, and solar gas stoves for canteens. The study and reflections on the implementation provides strategies and prototypes for adopting climate-smart solutions to the existing activities to make the campus green and involve communities towards climate change mitigation.   

Group Members:

  • Dania Mahadin, York University
  • Franck Desir, York University
  • Darwin Castillo, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Kennedy Kwabena Kesse
Faculty Mentors:

  • Rahul Arora, Assistant Professor of Economics, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), India
  • Alidad Amirfazli, Professor and Department Chair, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University

Conflict Resolution Amidst Belief Differences and Peace education

This project addressed SDG 16: Peace and Justice by designing a webinar to share the t the importance of peace and the different conflict resolution skills that they can apply in their communities to prevent any conflict or misunderstanding. This activity will specifically aim to learn conflict resolution skills, especially in the context of differing belief systems, and practice the skills learned in the workshop. In addition to the design of the pre and post-test to determine the impact of the webinar, the team will also be connecting with the International Peace Institute in search of community partners to co-design and deliver the webinar.

Group Members:

  • Juanquine Carlo R. Castro, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Arushika Harchand, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair of Reorienting Education Towards Sustainability
  • David Huerta, Director of International Experiences and Models at Tecnologico de Monterey

SDGivesBack: a global, online Crowd-funding Platform focused on Small and Sustainable Businesses

In this project, the team wanted to address SDGs 10: Reduced Inequalities and SDG 11: Sustainable cities, by thinking about: “How might we assist in funding small, sustainable businesses to grow and reach more space in the global market?” Through this question, the project team developed a business model for an online crowdfunding platform that performs on a global scale to connect investors with small, sustainable businesses all over the world. The platform’s operation will be supported by a team of business analysts who will conduct research and identify small, sustainable businesses in their respective areas to be featured on the site. It will also allow eligible businesses to submit their own applications or project ideas and vision to be qualified for funding opportunities on the platform. 

Group Members

  • Codrina Ibanescu, York University
  • Trang Ngo, York University
  • Cindy Hung Ling, York University
  • Isabela Pereira, Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy
  • Nijat Hummatov, Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy
  • Claudine Enduma, University of the Philippines, Diliman
Faculty Mentors

  • Julie Hard, International Relationships Mananer, Faculty of Health, York University
  • Leah Abayo, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines Baguio

Targeting SDG 3.4.2: Suicide Prevention Project

Reflecting on the alarming world-wide epidemic and personal experiences of the negative impact of suicidal ideation, this team created the Student Initiative towards Suicide Prevention (SISP) as a student-led that raises awareness about the current information available regarding suicide and suicide prevention. The goal of the project is to build a stronger community through storytelling incorporating the principles of sustainability. We are committed to reaching people who are affected by suicide, know someone who might be thinking about suicide, and/or have suffered losing someone through suicide,  regardless of where they are in the world.

Group Members:

  • Leo Macawile, York University
  • Renan Baqui, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Brazil
  • Leslye Castillo Martinez, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Carolyn Steele, Faculty of Education, York University
  • David Huerta, Director of International Experiences and Models at Tecnologico de Monterey

Achieving Sustainability through Community Participation

The community-based participatory approach is useful to solve the local issues of the communities. It is the best solution when one policy does not fit all. It is also felt that when communities are empowered they take ownership of the issue, encouraging them to invest their best efforts toward solving their own problems. Given this notion, the present study proposes a research design to identify community-level participatory approaches to solve the issue of water poverty in the Southern and South-Eastern parts of Rajasthan, India. Positive impacts of the intervention phase will include an increase in income by requiring less time to collect water thus allowing more productive activities, low dropouts among children, and reduction of water-related diseases, among others. Overall, the outcome of the full program of research and intervention would be many steps towards sustainability through the capacity building of communities and governance partners in solving their own problems while conserving the environment.

Group Members:

  • Jesse Winger, York University
  • Mohammadhassan Ebadi, York University
  • Abduljamal Lawal, York University
  • Yulenny Mariel Cisneros Prudenico, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Madison Downer Bartholomew, York University
Faculty Mentors:

  • Rahul Arora, Assistant Professor of Economics, Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), India
  • Martin Bunch, Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

The Plant Initiative: Sustainability Levy

One of the targets of Sustainable Goal 13 (Climate Action) is to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity of countries against climate-related hazards while fortifying the climate discussion through effective science communication. In response to this, the team examined the sociological aspect of the climate emergency and engages its students to actively contribute in formulating a feasible solution as manifested in its Climate Change Solutions Park and the campaign for the attainment of carbon neutrality by 2049. This project aims to introduce indoor plants into the York University campus, to improve air quality at the grassroots level.

Group Members:

  1. Mattea Kennedy, York University
  2. Iman Nazir, York University
  3. Francine Pradez, University of the Philippines Diliman
  4. Marjorie Picones, University of the Philippines Diliman
Faculty Mentors:

  1. Ian Garrett, Director, Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Associate Professor, York University
  2. Tze Ying, Head of the Centre for American Education, Sunway University, Malaysia

Computational Thinking as Foundation for Programming

Focusing on SDG 4: Quality Education, the project is concerned with what skills, knowledge, and awareness taught in the IT and technology sector. More specifically, through computational thinking, education about Programming can become more accessible and affordable for students from diverse background. To achieve this, the project will create a well-researched database of resources about computational thinking, with “computer-free” learning. The project aims to partner with local organizations in Bangladesh to deliver customized workshops to encourage students to learn about Programming.

Project Lead: Raisa Zerin Arshi

Project Mentor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tze Ying, Head of the Centre for American Education, Sunway University, Malaysia