POCATELLO – Ritesh Yadav, an economics student at the Idaho State University College of Business, won first prize in the UNA-USA Sustainable Development Goals pitch competition on Sept. 24.
In August, the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) sent calls for pitch proposals to more than 20,000 members. Eight candidates were selected to present four-minute pitches explaining their proposal to the judges. Yadav was declared the winner and awarded $500 to implement his proposal on campus.
Yadav’s proposal focused on two Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which were SDG 13: Climate Change and SDG 14: Life Below Water. His pitch centered around starting an awareness campaign through discussions that would incentivize students to participate and learn about the problems that single-use plastics create. As a board member of the UNA-USA ISU chapter Yadav plans to work with his fellow members to develop a strategic plan to implement his proposal on campus.
“We have often learned about the harm plastic causes to our environment,” Yadav said. “Unfortunately, only a handful of universities in the United States have adopted sustainable alternatives on-campus. I want our campus community to be a leader in adopting sustainability on-campus and set an example.”
After graduation Yadav plans to attain a doctorate in development economics and eventually start a non-profit.