Members of the University of North Georgia (UNG) Enactus won third place and $3,000 in the nationwide Bright Future Project Accelerator competition. The award was announced at the Enactus USA National Conference held May 20-22 in Kansas City, which was attended by students from Enactus chapters across multiple UNG campuses.
Aiming to drive sustainability, the Bright Future Project Accelerator program asks Enactus teams to design innovative projects that “apply market-based solutions to reduce food waste, as well as achieve sustainable agriculture, improve livelihoods and/or improve the health and well-being of communities in the United States,” according to the program’s website.
Led by Olivier Williams, Enactus members from UNG’s Gainesville campus partnered with schools across the city of Gainesville through Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) and Family Promise to teach children how to plant gardens salsa, compost food waste, attract bees and manage pests in an environmentally friendly way. way. Williams is president of the Gainesville Enactus chapter.
UNG is one of 20 Enactus teams across the country taking part in Bright Future, which is sponsored by Unilever. The 20 teams received a $1,500 grant to implement their project and the top three teams were selected as national grand prize winners and awarded additional cash prizes.
Also at the national Enactus competition, a group of students from the various Enactus chapters of UNG placed third in their league; UNG competed against Texas Wesleyan University, Evangel University, University of New Hampshire at Manchester, Roberts Wesleyan College, and SUNY Oswego.
The National Enactus Conference was the culmination of a successful year, said Steven Myung, vice president of the UNG Oconee Enactus team.
“It was a life-changing experience,” Myung said. “We all overcame so much and really went out of the park. I’m so proud of our team.”