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  • Want to connect students with partners through open-ended projects?
  • Want to offer students more real-world research opportunities?
  • Want to infuse more EE into courses but don’t have the time?

If so, you have come to the right place!

Please use the drop-down buttons below, categorized by the UN Sustainable Development
Goals, to reveal the projects waiting for students inside. To learn more, click the challenge
question to see all the details relating to the projects and organizations involved. Once you
know which project(s) you are interested in and are ready to be put in contact with a
potential mentor, please contact us at ycn@yorku.ca for an e-introduction.

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Browse projects by Sustainable Development Goal

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Project 5: How do we use technology to enable a sense of connection between caregivers, family, and the residents of long-term care homes? YU - Centre for Vision Research

Project 16: How can newcomer/immigrant youth become aware of the support they need and how to find it? FYI - For Youth Initiative

Project 23: What kind of policy changes would counter the effects of systemic racism within the existing Ontario education systems? University Women's Club - North York

Project 27: How can we develop affordable dialysis machines that work with renewable power and water sources for developing regions? Freire-Gormaly Lab

Project 32: What are the benefits and pitfalls of using AI as a tool to help students identify what their "dream job" might be? Jobster

Project 36: In what ways do students want to connect with alumni, and how can we enable those connections to happen in a way that is fulfilling for both? YU - Alumni Engagement

Project 39: How can seniors give up their car keys and maintain their lifestyles and personal freedoms? Teens Learn 2 Drive (TL2D)

Project 61: PIP*: How can resident care and the working conditions for staff be improved in long-term care homes in Ontario? University Women's Club - North York

Project 62: What is the public perception of gun ownership? How do we detect trends in public perceptions of gun ownership? What factors impact those trends? University Women's Club - North York

Project 80: What training and initiatives would you propose for people working in the Senate in Ottawa to change awareness and impact around workplace harassment? Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion - York U

Project 81: What actions are needed around the current government initiative of Elder Helpers for the federal prison population of indigenous origin? Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion - York U

Project 82: In what way could the federal government response to future issues like COVID-19 better address all communities more equitably? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 93: How can we improve our experiences of public restrooms? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 94: How can we best address removing liquid pollutants from oceans? Inzymes - Innovation Enzymes Group

Project 102: In what ways can Mental Wellness and Domestic Violence Information and Resources be accessible and shared with specific communities? Dr. Roz's Healing Place

Project 109: How might a fitness app be accessible for people with disabilities? Motiv Fitness

Project 1: How can we break down the barriers that impede the success of first-generation students in higher education? Teaching and Learning Research In Action (TLR)

Project 11: PIP*: Can you locate examples of indigenous storytelling and story structure from around the world? Are there similarities in structures and ways of sharing that we can learn from as we develop our own writing workshops for kids? Story Planet and York University Indigenous Studies Department

Project 23: What kind of policy changes would counter the effects of systemic racism within the existing Ontario education systems? University Women's Club - North York

Project 35: In what ways can legal, political, educational, and social mechanisms in Ontario be changed to address their failings with regard to anti-Black racism in Toronto? YU - Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Project 36: In what ways do students want to connect with alumni, and how can we enable those connections to happen in a way that is fulfilling for both? YU - Alumni Engagement

Project 62: What is the public perception of gun ownership? How do we detect trends in public perceptions of gun ownership? What factors impact those trends? University Women's Club - North York

Project 73: PIP*: How can educators approach indigenous perspectives in numeracy, literacy and the arts? Anne J. MacArthur Public School

Project 74: PIP*: How can Grade 6 students promote environmental education in their local community? Anne J. MacArthur Public School

Project 86: In what ways can AI encourage student use of imagery to support their writing? Nailing Knowledge, York U

Project 98: How can AI be brought to bear on improving educational experiences and outcomes in the K-12 age range? Partner B.E.S.T Lab

Project 99: Can we design an engaging, interactive, equitably accessible online virtual conference platform? Centre for Vision Research

Project 61: PIP*: How can resident care and the working conditions for staff be improved in long-term care homes in Ontario? University Women's Club - North York

Project 72: How can we disseminate hydrological risk mapping of 22 watersheds to communities and local government in Chile? Surnorte Inc.

Project 77: PIP*: How can agri-tourism be used as an opportunity for growth in rural areas to attract people and business? Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Project 84: How can we help the public better determine their clothing size for online stores, to provide more equitable access to online shopping? Re•Vision Centre

Project 105: In what way can Canada play a role in supporting Canadian youth entrepreneurs that want to collaborate and seek opportunities in the Asia Pacific? Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Project 112: Considering as a starting point the 17 protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code, how can we design an inclusive built environment for all? Human Space

Project 116: How can we help better simulate the signal environments that renewable energy systems work in, to help design them to be less susceptible to failure or to working in unintended ways? KPM Power Inc

Project 118: How can we better predict the motion of people and traffic around us, to improve the safety of self-driving vehicles? Spacecraft Dynamics Control and Navigation Laboratory (SDCNLab)

Project 122: How can we design a better approach to remove plastics from our waterways and oceans? Nano Satellite Lab

Project 1: How can we break down the barriers that impede the success of first-generation students in higher education? Teaching and Learning Research In Action (TLR)

Project 5: How do we use technology to enable a sense of connection between caregivers, family, and the residents of long-term care homes? YU - Centre for Vision Research

Project 9: How do we find ways to ensure equitable access outside of the traditional classroom setting for students without technology or full internet access. What other ways can we reach students? Story Planet

Project 11: PIP*: Can you locate examples of indigenous storytelling and story structure from around the world? Are there similarities in structures and ways of sharing that we can learn from as we develop our own writing workshops for kids? Story Planet and York University Indigenous Studies Department

Project 16: How can newcomer/immigrant youth become aware of the support they need and how to find it? FYI - For Youth Initiative

Project 21: What kind of basic income policy would help counter the effects of systemic racism within the existing welfare system? University Women's Club - North York

Project 35: In what ways can legal, political, educational, and social mechanisms in Ontario be changed to address their failings with regard to anti-Black racism in Toronto? YU - Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Project 37: How do we tackle the barriers that various communities face around accessing educational resources relating to entrepreneurship? YU - YSpace / Innovation York

Project 39: How can seniors give up their car keys and maintain their lifestyles and personal freedoms? Teens Learn 2 Drive (TL2D)

Project 73: PIP*: How can educators approach indigenous perspectives in numeracy, literacy and the arts? Anne J. MacArthur Public School

Project 76: How can the state of affordable housing be tracked at the community level, and how can affordable housing providers assess the impacts of their projects? Union Co-operative

Project 78: How can we develop supports for people who have challenges with daily tasks of dressing? March of Dimes

Project 80: What training and initiatives would you propose for people working in the Senate in Ottawa to change awareness and impact around workplace harassment? Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion - York U

Project 81: What actions are needed around the current government initiative of Elder Helpers for the federal prison population of indigenous origin? Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion - York U

Project 82: In what way could the federal government response to future issues like COVID-19 better address all communities more equitably? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 87: In what ways, if any, can an AI detection of "anomalies" in video monitoring of crowds be implemented, ethically? Software Construction Analytics and Evaluation - SCALE Lab

Project 88: What can we learn from digital data regarding inequities in digital learning due to COVID-19? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 95: How might we implement an ultra-cold refrigeration system appropriate for rapid deployment anywhere in the world? Surface Engineering and Instrumentation Lab

Project 98: How can AI be brought to bear on improving educational experiences and outcomes in the K-12 age range? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 99: Can we design an engaging, interactive, equitably accessible online virtual conference platform? Centre for Vision Research

Project 101: How can social procurement be directed towards transformation in the community? York Region Food Network

Project 103: PIP*: How can we create a sustainable ecosystem to protect independent artists and freelancers against unfair wages? Markham Arts Council and StageKeep

Project 104: PIP*: What are the adaptability changes artists should be anticipating to continue to work and generate income in a post-COVID landscape? Markham Arts Council

Project 109: How might a fitness app be accessible for people with disabilities? Motiv Fitness

Project 112: Considering as a starting point the 17 protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code, how can we design an inclusive built environment for all? Human Space

Project 115: PIP*: How can we help a municipality support the community move from fossil fuel property maintenance devices (lawnmowers/snow blowers etc.) to renewable energy sources? Markham Environmental Advisory Council

Project 20: How might we integrate existing modes of transportation with a campus ridesharing system to reduce environmental footprint and cost? YURide

Project 37: How do we tackle the barriers that various communities face around accessing educational resources relating to entrepreneurship? YU - YSpace / Innovation York

Project 59: How can the Peel Community Climate Council, a youth-led not-for-profit, work to divert food waste in the Region of Peel? Community Climate Council

Project 71: How can fair trade be brought into service for greater systemic change? Green Campus Cooperative and the Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee

Project 76: How can the state of affordable housing be tracked at the community level, and how can affordable housing providers assess the impacts of their projects? Union Co-operative

Project 82: In what way could the federal government response to future issues like COVID-19 better address all communities more equitably? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 92: How might we develop an equitable dashboard of city impacts on social and environmental challenges? Engineering Change Lab

Project 93: How can we improve our experiences of public restrooms? B.E.S.T Lab

Project 96: How can York U set up a composting program? Green Campus Cooperative and the Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee

Project 106: How can we create a student led reuse facility on campus for project supplies and other materials that the university disposes of? Office of Sustainability, YU

Project 107: PIP*: How can we create a circular economy for urban agriculture and promote biodiversity within the university campus? Office of Sustainability, YU

Project 108: How do we engage students and build a culture of sustainability within residences to help meet our goal of carbon neutrality and reduce our ecological footprint? YU Office of Sustainability

Project 110: How to create a beverage bottle collection program for large hospitality companies (restaurants, hotels, etc.) to donate bottles and deposits are donated to a charity? CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

Project 111: How might distributed food production system be used to provide food security and safety for homes and communities? HiGarden

Project 114: How to recycle materials found in landfills into reusable materials? CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

Project 118: How can we better predict the motion of people and traffic around us, to improve the safety of self-driving vehicles? Spacecraft Dynamics Control and Navigation Laboratory (SDCNLab)

Project 119: How can we tackle sustainability at Glendon Campus? Office of Sustainability - YU, Regenesis, Pollution Probe

Project 121: How does Canada as a society move beyond “green washing” and “virtue signaling” and take responsibility for sound environmental and social decisions in our economy? The George Weston Ltd. Center for Sustainable Supply Chains

Project 20: How might we integrate existing modes of transportation with a campus ridesharing system to reduce environmental footprint and cost? YURide

Project 59: How can the Peel Community Climate Council, a youth-led not-for-profit, work to divert food waste in the Region of Peel? Community Climate Council

Project 71: How can fair trade be brought into service for greater systemic change? Green Campus Cooperative and the Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee

Project 84: How can we help the public better determine their clothing size for online stores, to provide more equitable access to online shopping? Re•Vision Centre

Project 92: How might we develop an equitable dashboard of city impacts on social and environmental challenges? Engineering Change Lab

Project 96: How can York U set up a composting program? Green Campus Cooperative and the Fair Trade Campus Steering Committee

Project 97: What steps can households take to increase recycling of plastics? Polymer and Inorganic Composites, Structures and Surfaces Lab (PICSSL – “Pixel”)

Project 106: How can we create a student led reuse facility on campus for project supplies and other materials that the university disposes of? Office of Sustainability, YU

Project 110: How to create a beverage bottle collection program for large hospitality companies (restaurants, hotels, etc.) to donate bottles and deposits are donated to a charity? CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

Project 111: How might distributed food production system be used to provide food security and safety for homes and communities? HiGarden

Project 114: How to recycle materials found in landfills into reusable materials? CleanRiver Recycling Solutions

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