JCU Announces Fall 2022 Triggering Change Competition Winners

On November 29, the JCU Institute for Entrepreneurship announced the winners of the second edition of the Triggering Change competition. Triggering Change is a two-tiered event that culminates in a two-minute video where participants pitch their ideas, proposing a solution to a specific environmental problem. The aim of the competition is to use creativity and engagement to spark action on environmental sustainability.

Institute for Entrepreneurship

Fall 2022 Triggering Change Competition

The winners were: Josephine Gravatt, with “Triggering Change for the Computer Crisis,” in which she explained how much CO2 we emit on a regular basis when we use computers and provided some tips to save energy; and visiting students Andre Worrell and Maggie Peterson with “Change the World a Bulb at the Time,” in which they gave an overview of the environmental and financial benefits of using LED lights.

The finalists were: Sofija Kaluderovic with “Turn the Lights Off,” in which she encouraged people to turn the lights off the reduce carbon emissions; visiting students Caroline Wolfington and Ainsely Dundon with “Here is a Bright Idea: Turn Off your Lights,” in which they talked about how the world will look in 2050 if people don’t change their habits; and visiting student Madelin Di Pietro with “Produce Plastic,” in which she encouraged people to reduce their plastic use.

The selection committee was composed of Professor Tanja Lanza, entrepreneur and senior strategy consultant at the European Institute of Innovation for Sustainability, JCU Professor of Business and Communication Michèle Favorite, consultant on environmental sustainability content strategy, alumna Asia Guerreschi (Class of 2016), founder of “Rethinking Climate” and Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainability and Wellbeing, and alumnus Giacomo di Capua (Class of 2021), postgraduate researcher in Climate Health Economics, and environmental advocate. This edition saw the submission of many pitches, making the selection harder for the committee. According to Professor Michèle Favorite, the winning pitches had a combination of scientific data, creativity, and relatability to the audience.

Triggering Change, supported by John Cabot’s Frank J. Guarini School of Business, is part of a university-wide effort to capture the community’s commitment to educating young minds about the importance of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. This is an endeavor that cuts across disciplines and finds expression in both academic and extracurricular activities, such as the Certificate in Sustainability, the Alumni Sustainability Hub, the Grassroots Club, the JCU Enactus chapter, as well as the research of its faculty.

Congratulations to all the winners!