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ASU recognized as nation's most impactful for second straight year

April 24, 2021

ASU is #1 in teh US for global impact.With sustainability long held as a core value across the entire university and home to the nation's first comprehensive Global Futures Laboratory, ASU was again ranked by Time Higher Education as the top US institution when it comes impacts made addressing 17 specific goals aimed at achieving a better world for 2030, known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ASU also retained a top-ten international ranking, tied at #9 with last year's top ranked-institution globally, University of Auckland in New Zealand.

ASU scored a total of 95.8 points out of 100, with highest scores pertaining to goals for Sustainable Cities and Communities (93.4, second overall globally); Responsible Consumption and Production (89.7, fourth); Eradicating Poverty (87.1, third); Clean Sanitation and Water (82.3, fifth); Climate Action (81.8, fourth); and Life Below Water (89.5, seventh). Each SDG includes a set of targets and indicators designed by the United Nations and adopted in 2015 to provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.

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When She Leads: The power and potential of women’s entrepreneurship

March 17, 2021

On March 16th, 2021 the United Nations Global Compact’s Target Gender Equality Live event convened leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to discuss and demonstrate how the private sector can help bring down barriers to gender equality by respecting and supporting the rights of women and girls.

2020 WE Empower Awardee Valrie Grant and co-chair Amanda Ellis participated in the panel discussion “When She Leads: The Power and Potential of Women’s Entrepreneurship.” The session featured a fireside chat where women entrepreneurs from around the world spoke about how their organization advances the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the obstacles they face. Following the fireside chat, a panel discussion of industry leaders discussed best practices of how to support women-led businesses and how organizations can engage in similar initiatives.

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Celebrating Women's Empowerment at ASU: Launching the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021

March 4, 2021

Celebrating Women's Empowerment at ASU GraphicIn honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Educational Outreach and Student Services, and the ASU SDG5 Coalition are curating a series of events that showcase ASU’s partnerships advancing Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Join us on International Women's Day, March 8th at 11am MST (6pm GMT/1pm EST) for the first event of the series. We will launch the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021 and examine the barriers women face with World Bank Women, Business, and the Law. To learn how ASU is combatting these challenges by partnering with global organizations on SDG5 initiatives, join us to hear from Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary General, Martin Chungong, ASU's Inaugural SDG5 Male Champion for Change.

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Millenium Immobilier: Engineering Sustainable Homes

March 1, 2021

“Become an expert in what you are doing, and [customers] will all be sent to you… It gives you the power to fight and the power to learn more, and deeper than others.”

Ghislaine Tessa Ketcha - Founder and CEO of Millenium Immobilier, Cameroon

2020 WE Empower Finalist, Sub-Saharan Africa

The continuation of climate change is expected to bring about detrimental effects across the world, but Ghislaine Tessa Ketcha is working to create smart green housing in Cameroon so that local communities will be resilient to the projected increases in the already sweltering average temperatures. As the owner of Millenium Immobilier, Tessa Ketcha’s vision of engineering a sustainable future to handle the challenges that are on the horizon is becoming a reality. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed Tessa Ketcha and reveals how the Millenium Immobilier is tackling emergent climate issues through innovative solutions and is leading to a more adaptable and prosperous Cameroon where local residents will not only be prepared for an uncertain future, but will thrive.

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Aequales: Closing Gender Gaps Through Innovative Measurement and Consultancy Services

February 19, 2021

Andrea De la Piedra

“It’s important to do it, to express your ideas. For us, it was really important to do it in a sustainable way.”

Andrea De la Piedra & Mia Perdomo - Co-Founders of Aequales, Latin America

2020 WE Empower Finalist, Latin America & the Caribbean

Ensuring gender equality in today’s world is one of the most fundamental endeavors in obtaining a more equitable, just, and sustainable society. Co-founders Andrea De la Piedra and Mia Perdomo are leading the fight to ensure gender equality through Aequales, a company that brings tools to organizations for closing gender gaps through measurement technology and consultancy services. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed De la Piedra and expands upon how Aequales is furthering gender equality not only in Peru, Colombia, and Mexico but also across the globe.

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Feb 10: Carbon negative tech innovation event

February 9, 2021

Image by Jairo Valderrama from PixabayWE Empower UN SDG Challenge awardee Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, co-founder and CEO of ECOncrete Tech, will be one of three presenters at a February 10 event hosted by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Foundation, in partnership with the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR) Climate Adaptation Collective in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

To address the climate crisis brought upon by unprecedented levels of carbon released into the atmosphere due to human activity, President Joe Biden’s Administration has placed a focus on carbon reduction and sequestration as core elements of The Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice.

This webinar will feature innovative technologies from the United States, Japan, and internationally that are capable of reducing and sequestering carbon across the built and natural environments. Presenting with Perkol-Finkel are Christie Gamble, Senior Director of Sustainability for CarbonCure Technologies, and Yabing Qi, Professor at OIST. Register online.

ECOnsult signs MOU with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development

View Source | February 1, 2021

Sarah El Battouty shaking handsOn January 26th, 2021, ECOnsult signed an MOU with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development to create climate resilience awareness and green building guidelines for Egypt’s low-income villages. This is an ambitious national plan to upgrade and work on empowering men and women in 3000 villages with a budget of 500bln EGP and full engagement with NGOs and the private sector. The signing of the MOU was witnessed by HE Dr. Hala El Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development. ECOnsult is finally reaching a dream goal of making green buildings a right and not a niche for a green recovery! Read Arab Finance's article to learn more about the exciting day.

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Call for Applications: Women Enterprise Recovery Fund

January 12, 2021

Request for Applications GraphicAs the world continues to cope with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis will have an ongoing impact on progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In response, a Women Enterprise Recovery Fund has been launched. The aim is promoting and upscaling digital solutions for enhancing women’s enterprise growth and resilience. The Fund will provide up to US $50,000 in co-funding, along with technical assistance. Applicants to the Fund can be based anywhere globally, but the project implementation and solution must target women enterprises in one or more of the following countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Viet Nam.

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Deeya Panel Products Private Limited: Innovative Solutions to Plastic Waste

December 8, 2020

Radhika Chaudhary

“It is important to allow yourself to make mistakes because it is most often that you learn faster and quicker through making mistakes than to try very hard to avoid them. Your growth path is extremely restricted if you try to be perfect all the time”.

WE Empower UN SDG Challenge Finalist, Radhika Chaudhary - CFO and Co-Founder, Deeya Panel Products Private Limited, India

2020 WE Empower Finalist, Asia Pacific

Plastic waste is leading to significant environmental and humanitarian challenges across the world. Radhika Chaudhary is addressing these issues in India through her company, Deeya Panel Products Private Limited, which is paving the way for a future that is better equipped to handle the unprecedented effects that plastic waste is having on ecosystems and society. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed Chaudhary and explains how Deeya Panel Products Private Limited is leading to innovative uses of plastic waste that also hold great importance in creating a better future.

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Alternative Waste Technologies: Providing Cleaner and More Responsible Energy

November 24, 2020

Stella Sigana

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help because women are so used to juggling so many things and are able to really pull all the strings to make sure the puppet is moving comfortably, but it’s really hard so don’t be afraid to ask for help”.

—WE Empower UN SDG Challenge Finalist, Stella Sigana - Founder, Alternative Waste Technologies, Kenya

2020 WE Empower Finalist, Sub-Saharan Africa

A challenge that over 3 billion people around the world encounter each day is finding safe fuels to cook their food with. Stella Sigana is changing the way in which Sub-Saharan Africa is approaching this issue with her Keynan-based company, Alternative Waste Technologies, which provides clean-burning and environmentally friendly charcoal briquettes to families and businesses. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed Sigana and expands upon how Alternative Waste Technologies is not only furthering societal development through improving access to vital cooking fuels, but is leading the way for the preservation of endangered ecosystems.

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MENA Women Speakers: Promoting Equal Opportunities for Tomorrow

November 10, 2020

Saana Azzam

“Since information belongs to all of us, it should be shared by all of us”.

WE Empower UN SDG Challenge Finalist, Saana Azzam - Founder, MENA Women Speakers, United Arab Emirates

2020 WE Empower Finalist, Greater MENA

Equality and equal opportunities for all are fundamental aspects of forging a just and equitable society. Saana Azzam’s MENA Women Speakers is ushering in a new era of equal representation for female speakers not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but across the world. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed Azzam and details how MENA Women Speakers is leading to more equitable, and fair representation amongst female speakers at professional events and conferences.

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eLiberare: Safer Futures From Human Trafficking

October 27, 2020

Ioana Bauer

“As women, we're very critical of ourselves and we like to have everything figured out before we start something… but if you’re a reluctant leader, if you’re not sure that you should be doing something, that doesn’t disqualify you, it just means that you understand the responsibility and the weight of the things that you're taking on.”

Ioana Bauer - President of eLiberare, Romania

2020 WE Empower Finalist, Europe, North America, & Other

Human trafficking is one of the world’s most horrific crimes, yet it still takes place even today in our modern age. Ioana Bauer is leading the fight against human trafficking and exploitation through eLiberare, a non-profit based in Romania that focuses on educating youth and first responders on the dangers of human trafficking and how to effectively counter it. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed Bauer and explains how eLiberare is making a difference in preventing human trafficking not only in Romania, but also around the world.

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Switch: Connecting Lives Through Technology

October 13, 2020

Danielle Sharaf“You’re made of the same stuff I am. Just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean I can’t do this.”

Danielle Sharaf - CEO, Switch, Pakistan

2020 WE Empower Awardee, Greater MENA

When it comes to staying connected, Danielle Sharaf dedicates herself to ensuring that people receive the information they need to stay safe, educate themselves, and find work. Sharaf’s “Switch” keeps users up-to-date with SMS and audio alerts across Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe regarding critical healthcare services, gender equality, career services, and essential announcements. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, details how Switch benefits local communities and paves the way for a more interconnected and equitable tomorrow.

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SoilCyclers: Constructing a Sustainable Future

October 6, 2020

Alison Price Headshot

“Don’t be afraid to be different and remember your difference is your strength”

Alison Price—Founder & Managing Director of SoilCyclers Pty Ltd, Queensland, Australia

2020 Australasian WE Empower Awardee

Alison Price understands the struggles of being a woman entering the Australian construction industry. While trying to break into one of the most male-dominated industries in Australia, Price was building a company that emphasized the need for recycling industrial waste when “sustainability just wasn’t trendy.” Despite these hurdles, her company has grown significantly and offers various services from topsoil amelioration to mobile composting and soil remediation. WE Empower intern, Revere Wood, interviewed Alison Price and elaborates on her company’s impact on the UN SDG’s.

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Chabana Farms: mitigating wildlife conflict through ensuring food security

September 21, 2020

Mavis Nduchwa“Let’s network with each other. Let’s build a very strong network of us in communities we can transform.”

Mavis Nduchwa - Founder and CEO, Chabana Farms, Botswana

2020 WE Empower Awardee, Sub-Saharan Africa

Food security and conflict with wildlife are salient issues in Sub-Saharan Africa but Mavis Nduchwa takes community care and conservation to the next level in Botswana. As the owner of Chabana Farms, trading as Kalahari Honey, Nduchwa has taken matters into her hands through mitigating wildlife conflict with elephants, providing stable work for women, preserving the food supply of her community, and empowering women to lead abuse-free lives. WE Empower intern, Sidney McKee, interviewed Nduchwa and expands upon how Chabana Farms is paving the way for community-based changemakers in Botswana and across the globe.

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ECOnsult: building the future of sustainability

September 5, 2020

Sarah El Battouty“You must work beyond the conventional in order to shift paradigms.”

—Sarah El Battouty, founder, ECOnsult, Egypt; 2020 WE Empower Awardee, Greater Middle East and North Africa

Throughout Sarah El Battouty’s early career, she viewed the hurdles that she faced not as challenges, but rather as opportunities for growth. As founder of ECOnsult, she has built Egypt’s leading environmental design and architectural consultancy business that works to localize the architecture process, ultimately supporting the health and wellbeing of communities by creating jobs, promoting responsible production and consumption habits, and reducing harmful climate impacts through renewable energy and sustainable resource management. While pioneering sustainability efforts, ECOnsult also champions gender equality as a woman-owned company with 50% female staff in a male-dominated sector. WE Empower intern, Jessie Kaull, interviewed Sarah El Battouty and expands on her company’s support of the UN SDGs.

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GeoTechVision: Locating a Sustainable Future

August 21, 2020

Valrie Grant

“Be authentic. Be yourself. Make sure your superpower is your persistence because you are going to need it,”

Valrie Grant — Founder and MD, GeoTechVision, Jamaica

2020 WE Empower Awardee, Latin America/Caribbean

As the first black woman-owned spatial solutions business in the Caribbean, Grant understands the intersectional challenges that women face entering a male-dominated industry. Despite these hurdles, Grant has fostered a geospatial business that impacts systemic inequities in education and access to digital technology. WE Empower intern, Revere Wood, interviewed Valrie Grant and expands on her company’s support of the UN SDGs.

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Cloud to Street: Leveraging satellite technology and big data to to build flood resilience

August 12, 2020

Bessie SchwarzFlooding impacts more people than any other natural disaster. Bessie Schwarz, a grassroots environmental and community organizer by training and at heart, is the CEO and Co-founder of Cloud to Street, the leading flood mapping platform designed specifically for governments, humanitarian organisations and insurers in low data environments to effectively respond and prepare for disaster. By harnessing global satellites, advanced science, and community intelligence, the company can monitor worldwide floods in near real-time and remotely analyze local flood exposure at a click of a button. Founded by two women at Yale and seeded by Google, Cloud to Street has been used by governments and companies in almost 20 countries

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Island and indigenous youth voices: Building back better and fairer

July 24, 2020

Event FlyerThe unprecedented global health crisis we are facing is affecting all parts of society and changing lives and livelihoods. In times of need, from climate change and natural disasters to the current COVID-19 pandemic, youth have been quick to take action and respond to the needs of their communities. That is why the Local2030 Island Network, WE Empower partner Hawaii Green Growth and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU convened a panel of island and indigenous youth to have a solution-oriented conversation on responding to COVID-19 and building back better, harnessing their creativity and innovation.

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Announcing the 2020 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge Awardees

July 22, 2020

WE Empower Challenge LogoThe Global Business Challenge honors women who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to act to create the world we want by 2030

The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge – a global business challenge led in partnership by Vital Voices Global Partnership and Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU – today announced the six social entrepreneurs selected as their 2020 Awardees.

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