Goal 6

Re-Imagine the Future of Urban Water in Bangalore

Apply today for HelloScience Live Lab in Bangalore.

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HelloScience is hosting a Live Lab in Bangalore on February 27 and 28, 2019, with the purpose to develop solutions addressing water purification, waste water, and water contamination. Applications are open to entrepreneurs and startups with innovative ideas and a collaborative mindset.

This opportunity will let applicants meet and work together with experts and change makers including engineers, scientists, and business developers. After showcasing solutions, individuals will receive direct one-on-one feedback from design, business, and tech development experts. Certain individuals will be able to launch their startup with a co-development partnership with either Grundfos or Novozymes. They may also receive a micro grant among other offers.

The experts working with HelloScience brings vast experience in working with global water challenges and developing solutions. At the live lab, individuals will work alongside local and global partners and experts to develop new innovations for water issues. Event partners include; Jaaga, Novozymes, Grundfos, Climate-KIC, and C-CAMP.

HelloScience was created by Novozymes to discover new sustainable solutions to the challenges of today. The platform encourages collaboration in technology and knowledge by posting ideas for sustainable solutions, which can in turn receive advice, microgrants, partnership opportunity, and more. The free platform is open to all people that are interested in developing solutions for water including innovators, experts, students, and individuals.

Applications close on February 15. Read more and apply here.

UN High-Level Political Forum 2018 Countdown: SDG 6 & 7

Ensure Water, Sanitation and Energy for All

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This year’s United Nations High-Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) on sustainable development will be held from July 9-18 in New York under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The theme for the forum will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” focusing in part on Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, and Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

As part of USCIB’s countdown to the UN HLPF, USCIB is highlighting select initiatives by its member companies. In particular, USCIB is selecting some company initiatives that are working to transform toward sustainable and resilient societies, while subsequently meeting the SDG targets set by the UN. A more comprehensive list of examples can be found on USCIB’s Business for 2030 website.

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

One impactful project to note is an initiative by Monsanto that led to the development of a well for clean drinking water in Malawi. A team from Monsanto Malawi discovered that students at Kaphulika Primary School near Lilongwe had a commute of two miles to the closest water source, and therefore limiting drinking water and hygiene water at the school. The team subsequently constructed a water pump on school grounds to provide clean and reliable drinking water for over 950 children and the village of 3,000 people. The children were also gifted with reusable water bottles to take water home every day after school. The development of the well is another step forward for Monsanto to help achieve SDG 6 for Malawi and the world.

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

In order to achieve SDG 7 to ensure renewable energy around the world, Mars has added solar panels to factories in California and aims to create renewable infrastructure in the U.S. and the UK. By the end of 2018, Mars will be using or purchasing renewable electricity to cover 100% of its operations in 11 countries. The use of renewable energy will help Mars reach its goal in reducing GHG emissions 100% by 2040 from direct operations and will help drive action for global climate change.

Tune in for next week when we will highlight company initiatives on Goal 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 12: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.