S4 Fellow, Anna Novotny attended the 2014 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) at ASU on behalf of the Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools program on March 21st through 23rd. CGIU selects participants based on projects they propose and provides mentorship to help make those projects become a reality. Anna’s project is aimed at developing a community garden for the Town of Guadalupe, Arizona. Over 1000 university students attended CGIU from all over the world. At the opening reception Anna spoke with students pioneering projects in sustainability, education, poverty alleviation, health, and wellness from Latin America, Africa, India and the United States.
Anna also attended two workshop sessions hosted by former CGIU participants who shared how they made their projects a reality. The most inspiring story she encountered was from a woman who started a project in Michoacán, Mexico that traded recyclable items for fresh, local produce. The Town of Guadalupe has been struggling to implement a recycling program and this seems like an inspired way to keep waste out of landfills and good food in the kitchens of people who need it. Both provided insight on how Anna can continue work at the local level to gain cooperation from citizens and to sustain the Town of Guadalupe community garden project well into the future.