SDG Action Projects

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