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.

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 on Saturday March 16, 2019. We are inviting students from Ontario colleges and universities to WWF’s Toronto office to design and pitch their ideas to launch the next big shift in our daily lives.

How it works

Ontario students from all academic disciplines are invited to apply to join professionals from different industries at the WWF Toronto office on Saturday March 16 to create and share their ideas on how to build a sustainable future.

Drawing inspiration from the everyday and each student’s unique academic background, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Represent their campus
  • Create and innovate at WWF with their campus team of four students
  • 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 $1200 team prize and a one-on-one mentoring opportunity with an industry professional in a sector area of their choice

Students must apply as an individual or as a team of four to represent their campus before 11:59PM E.S.T on Monday February 25.

How you can be involved

Frequently asked questions

 

When and where is the event? The event is Saturday March 16, 2019 from 10:30AM – 5:30PM at WWF’s Toronto office.

Who will be there? Students from 18 colleges and universities will be amongst campus sustainability professionals, sustainability experts across diverse sectors, and WWF staff.

Who can participate? Students from all academic disciplines at any post-secondary school level.

How can I register to participate? Students can apply as an individual or as a team of four to represent their campus through the Living Planet @ Campus website before 11:59PM E.S.T Monday February 25, 2019.

When will campus teams be selected? Students selected to represent their campus will be notified in early March.

What previous experience is needed? No previous experience in design competitions or knowledge of sustainability or conservation is needed. All perspectives and academic backgrounds are encouraged and welcome to apply.

What preparation is needed? No preparation is needed. Everything required to successfully participate will be provided at the event.

Are student stipends available? Student stipends are not currently available. Students are responsible for getting to and from the event.

My school is too far to participate. Will this event be available in other regions of Canada? Currently, this event will not be available in other regions of Canada this school year. Stay tuned to the next school year for updates.

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.

Living Planet Leader

Designing Change for a Living Planet provides unique opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills and experience teamwork. Participants can use this opportunity to complete their Living Planet Leader category for Leadership and teamwork.

Testimonials

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 has opened my eyes to the power and influence students can have!

Kristina Guga, General Arts and Science, George Brown College, 2019

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

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