Managing a 175-acre campus that is an important bioreserve within the greater Western Ghats – one of world’s biodiversity hotspots – takes strong leadership, effective collaboration, and commitment. At UWCMC, the Head of Biodiversity & Sustainability, Lilian Marquez (PCUWC, Class of 1991) and Biodiversity Consultant, Ashwin Paranjpe, play a key role in directing the college’s biodiversity conservation efforts on the one hand, and guiding the administration, staff and students in adopting sustainable systems and processes on the other.
To live the UWC mission of a sustainable future is challenging, but Urs Riggenbach (UWCMC, Class of 2008) from Switzerland is determined to change the way we use technology to help build a sustainable future. He is diligently working to provide renewable energy access through GoSol.org – “a start-up developing and spreading a solar energy technology at both the industrial and artisan level.” Discover more about what he calls “solar entrepreneurship!”
After the recent earthquake struck Nepal, 15 young economically and socially disadvantaged women from villages near Pune, alongside 25 international students, who had been preparing to ascend one of the country’s highest peaks, decided to give an additional meaning to their challenging four-week expedition by raising funds for earthquake-stricken Nepal.