TORONTO, May 3, 2016 /CNW/ - The Enactus team from the University of Waterloo partnered with an organization in Tanzania to create an incentivized network of waste collection, which allows locals to exchange their plastic waste for money, generating an income for their families. Prior to the launch of this project, locals in Moshi, Tanzania would burn, bury or inappropriately dispose of their waste, resulting in harmful chemicals being released into groundwater and soil.
These outcomes were rewarded on Monday, May 2 at the 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition, where the Enactus University of Waterloo team took home the title of 3M Canada Problem Solving Project Partnership Best Project.
"Put simply, 3M is committed to improving our business, our planet and every life," says Liisa Sheldrick, communications and 3Mgives leader, 3M Canada. "We recognize that improving every life is ambitious, and believe it's a worthwhile pursuit. Projects like this reflect our belief in applying science to improve lives, as well as collaboration – with our customers, partners and communities."
The 3M Canada Problem Solving Project Partnership is designed to empower Enactus teams with the resources needed to identify, create and deliver truly innovative projects that address the specific and unique needs and opportunities within Canada.
"Enactus students are problem solvers and, with partners like 3M, are ready to challenge the status quo for the benefit of social good," said Nicole Almond, president of Enactus Canada. "[University of Waterloo] has much to be proud of today and we are pleased to share with Canada the progressive change they have made in their local community."
Enactus University of Waterloo is a group of innovative students, working together towards one goal, to create positive change for villagers in Tanzania.
The 3M Canada Problem Solving Project Partnership was awarded at the 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition, where more than 1,500 delegates including the country's brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs came together to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
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ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, this country's largest student leadership development organization, is shaping generations of entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 2,650 entrepreneurial post-secondary students led 288 community empowerment projects and business ventures this past year in communities coast to coast. As a global network of 36 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.
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