South Hill School of Laguna Vies for Prestigious Zayed Sustainability Prize in Dubai

South Hill School  Zayed Sustainability Dubai
Discover how South Hill School in the Philippines is making a global impact with its innovative sustainability project at the 2023 Zayed Sustainability Prize in Dubai. Screengrab from Zayed Sustainability Prize video.

South Hill School in Los Baños, Laguna, steps onto the global stage as a finalist in the esteemed Zayed Sustainability Prize 2023. This recognition takes place at the 15th Awards Ceremony in Expo City Dubai’s iconic Al Wasl Plaza on December 1, coinciding with COP28 UAE. The Prize celebrates the innovative spirit of youth, driving a sustainable future where humanity and nature flourish together.

South Hill School proudly represents the Philippines in the Global High Schools category. They face stiff competition from Beijing No. 35 High School of China and Fiji’s Swami Vivekananda College in the East Asia & Pacific division. This honor underscores their impactful contributions to environmental and societal challenges through groundbreaking project ideas.

The school’s entry, a community-scale carbon farming initiative, aims to tackle malnutrition. This ambitious project plans to establish 30 solar-powered enzymatic composting bioreactors and a post-harvest facility. The initiative will rejuvenate degraded soils, boost crop yields, and counter climate change’s negative impacts. Furthermore, it promises to return nutritious produce to local farmers and residents, ensuring food security and accessibility.

Celebrating their achievement, South Hill School announced on social media, “It is an incredible achievement to stand among pioneering organizations and high schools, all united by a shared commitment to tackling our planet’s most pressing sustainability challenges with innovation and ambition.”

The Zayed Sustainability Prize has previously recognized Philippine schools, including Muntinlupa National High School’s solar-powered micro-farm project, winner of the 2019 edition, and Bohol Wisdom School’s automated water-quality system for aquaculture, a finalist in 2022.

Initiated in 2008 as a tribute to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s legacy, the UAE-based Zayed Sustainability Prize champions outstanding sustainability efforts worldwide. The Prize acknowledges nonprofits, SMEs, and high schools excelling in sectors like Health, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action, and Global High Schools. Since its inception, it has impacted over 378 million lives globally, with 106 winners across diverse categories.

Join us in supporting South Hill School’s journey at the Zayed Sustainability Prize. Share their inspiring story and follow their progress as they represent the Philippines on this prestigious international platform. Let’s cheer for their innovative endeavors in shaping a sustainable future!

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