Students design our future

What’s the Next Big Shift? From bike share programs to online paperless banking, almost overnight, innovations are changing how we shop, commute, learn, access entertainment, and connect with others. These big shifts have had local, regional, even global reach.

Last year, students from 12 different colleges and universities came together at WWF-Canada to design and pitch their ideas to launch the next big shift in our daily lives. In 2019, WWF is calling for all eyes on accelerating change that will protect and restore our planet at the annual Designing Change for a Living Planet competition.

How it works

Students from all academic disciplines will be invited to join professionals from different industries in winter 2019 to create and share their ideas on how to build a sustainable future.

Last year, students came together to collaborate from a diverse range of programs, including: social services, mental health and addictions, architecture, engineering, culinary services, arts, global studies, law, business, mathematical physics, web design, supply chain, and more.

Drawing inspiration from the everyday and their unique academic backgrounds, each student was given the opportunity to:

  • Represent their campus
  • Create and innovate at WWF with their student team
  • Connect with other post-secondary students and staff
  • Develop new contacts with professionals from different industries
  • Present concepts to WWF staff and a panel of expert judges
  • Compete for a prize

How you can be involved

Winter 2019 dates to be announced

This year, we will announce how you and your school can get involved in Designing Change for a Living Planet. Sign up to our Living Planet @ Campus newsletter to receive updates about our 2019 event.

Get inspired: 2018 campus teams

Why participate

Build your resume with professional skills

Develop the skillsets employers are looking for, including: Critical & Analytical Thinking, Problem Solving, Strategic Planning and Time Management. Throughout the event, students will practice Thought Leadership, Pitching & Presenting, and Teamwork & Collaboration.

Have a voice and contribute to change

Come together with students from different academic programs and schools to share perspectives on how sustainability can be practiced. Working with an interdisciplinary team, multi-faceted and creative solutions can be born.

Build your network of professional contacts

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find a job and meet the right people. Take the opportunity to get in front of industry professionals from diverse sectors at Designing Change for a Living Planet and widen your professional network.


Had a great time collaborating with peers interested in sustainability. We took a holistic look at an important issue and delivered recommendations to industry leaders that were well received. Thank you so much for the opportunity to collaborate for a better world!

Devon Fernandes
Community Psychology, MA, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2018

Being a part of this experience really opened my eyes to the impacts that we have students are able to have on the Earth!

Kristina Guga, General Arts and Science, George Brown College

WWF's Designing Change For a Living Planet 2018 was an incredible event put on by caring and dedicated volunteers that consisted of WWF-Canada staff, academic institutions and other organizations. This event challenges individuals to not only think outside the box and disrupt the norm but to redefine societal norms as they currently exist for a better future.

Rob Monico
Office of Sustainability, Fleming College

Designing Change for a Living Planet






Big Shift Ideas