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A Commitment to Action — the defining feature of CGI — is a plan for addressing a significant global challenge. Commitments can be small or large and financial or nonmonetary in nature. Many commitments are the result of cross-sectoral partnerships, with CGI members combining efforts to expand their impact. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $88 billion.

CGI supports the development of commitments by facilitating dialogue, providing opportunities to identify partners, showcasing the actions taken by commitment-makers, and communicating results. CGI serves as a catalyst for action, but does not engage in the actual implementation of commitments.

Every CGI Commitment must meet three basic criteria:

A CGI commitment is a plan that presents a new idea or approach to a major challenge. While preexisting work is not eligible, an expansion of a successful program also qualifies as a valid Commitment to Action. Additionally, participants can become partners on other CGI commitments, for example, by providing in-kind support or technical expertise.

A CGI commitment must outline a specific approach to a problem, have clear and feasible objectives to be accomplished within a defined period of time, and articulate the desired outcome of the effort.

A CGI commitment must have specific quantitative or qualitative goals that can be monitored by the commitment-maker to evaluate progress over time. As each commitment is implemented, annual progress is reported to CGI to show the extent of its impact.


Below is a random sample of the 3349 CGI commitments as of March 1, 2014, w/ a focus, ate the end of the list, on env oriented projects.

While many are explictly environmentally oriented, many related to health, access to food & water, econ dev, resource dev, & more also have direct env impacts

Revenue Watch
Commitment by: Open Society Institute
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: In partnership with the Hewlett Foundation and other donors, the Open Society Institute commits to launch the Revenue Watch Institute, a non-profit operating and grant making organization that focuses on promoting revenue and budget transparency and accountability in resource-rich developing and transition countries. The goal of the OSI's broader Revenue Watch project is to improve democratic accountability in natural resource-rich countries by equipping citizens with the information, training, networks, and funding they need to become more effective monitors of government revenues and expenditures.

Center for Women and Land
Commitment by: Landesa
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: In 2008, RDI committed to creating the world's first Global Center for Women's Land Rights to bring together the global community around this critical issue. The Center is creating a Fellowship Program to provide on-the-job training for gender-specific solutions to land access. RDI will create an e-Library on laws affecting women, an online forum, and will convene global events. Strengthen women's land rights by helping to reform the legal framework in targeted developing countries and make 'real' the rights that do exist for women and girls.

Oxfam America-Swiss Re on Risk Transfer in Ethiopia
Commitment by: Oxfam America
Swiss Reinsurance Company
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: In 2008, Oxfam America (OA) and Swiss Re committed to launch an innovative climate change resiliency project called "Horn of Africa Risk Transfer for Adaptation" (HARITA). They convened Ethiopian farmers, the Relief Society of Tigray (REST), the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Nyala Insurance, and over a half dozen other organizations, launching a risk management package for farmers in the village of Adi Ha, located in Ethiopia's northernmost state of Tigray. The project will break new ground in the field of climate change resiliency and micro-insurance by addressing the needs of smallholder producers through an unusual mix of risk reduction, drought insurance, and credit. Under the HARITA risk management package, insurance complements disaster risk reduction and long-term, sustainable investments in agriculture.

Maximizing Women's Reproductive Health in Supply Chain
Commitment by: Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: BSR commits to identify and provide solution to critical reproductive health needs of women working in global supply chains.

Advancing Women as Leaders in Latin America & the Caribbean
Commitment by: Vital Voices Global Partnership
Focus Area: Other
Introduction: Following the success of their 2005 commitment, Vital Voices develops an ongoing Leadership Initiative for women in Latin America and the Caribbean in partnership with the University of Miami.

Scaling up Women's Leadership in the Former Soviet Union
Commitment by: Vital Voices Global Partnership
Focus Area: Other
Introduction: In 2006, Vital Voices Global Partnership committed $150,000 over a year to conduct cutting-edge leadership development and skills-building programs for women social entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe, marking the 10-year anniversary of the first Vital Voices leadership conference. The first conference was a leadership conference and training program in Ukraine, in the spring of 2007. Additional targeted leadership programs throughout the Former Soviet Union (FSU), at $100,000 per location, were also planned during the project's year. The grant was announced at CGI in 2006. Funds raised totaled $400, 000. As a result, Vital Voices carried out the Vital Voices of Eurasia: A Leadership Summit for Women & Girls in Ukraine in October 2007.

Pan-African Leadership Summit for Women & Girls
Commitment by: Vital Voices Global Partnership
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: Working with international and African partners, with both NGOs and corporations, Vital Voices Global Partnership, commits to bring together women leaders and girls from over 30 African countries for a week-long summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

Join the Board of Directors of Friends of the World Food Pgm
Commitment by: Dan Glickman
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: Former Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, commits to increase awareness about global hunger, mobilize support for hunger relief programs and activities, and generate resources for the World Food Programme (WFP) operations and other activities that alleviate hunger, by joining the board of the Friends of WFP.

Doc to Dock
Commitment by: Bruce D. Charash
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: Doc to Dock was established in 2005 to collect medical supplies and pharmaceutical products from doctors, hospitals and health industry members, in order to be shipped to healthcare counterparts in developing nations.

Since its first 40-foot container was delivered to Ghana in 2006, Doc to Dock has delivered over 20 containers to 11 countries. Each container has had 8 tons of supplies and equipment, with an average wholesale value of $500,000. Hence Doc to Dock has delivered over 160 tons of supplies with a value of over $10,000,000. Doc to Dock has collected medical supplies from over 300 hospitals throughout the United States, and has received hundreds of individuals shipping supplies from homes. The organization has been supported by thousands of volunteers and interns.

Realizing Pro-Poor Multiple Use Water Services
Commitment by: Winrock International
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: Winrock International has pledged to convene a high-level group of private and public water sector leaders to galvanize and accelerate emerging efforts to design, finance and pilot pro-poor community-managed water systems that simultaneously meet multiple domestic and productive water needs.

Operation Hope: Banking on our Future Harlem Initiative
Commitment by: Operation HOPE, Inc.
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: Building upon Operation HOPE's successful program of Banking on Our Future in Harlem, NY, the NYSE has committed $100,000 over two years, and a commitment of employees as the core group of volunteers to teach financial literacy to low-wealth young people in New York City.

Online Consumer Resource Center for Green Homes
Commitment by: U.S. Green Building Council
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from Newland Communities, commits to launch the first program in a comprehensive yearlong campaign to educate consumers about the benefits of green homes.

NOK 3 million to the Nansen Scientific Society
Commitment by: Sparebanken Vest
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: Pål W. Lorentzen with Sparebanken Vest commits to capital funds, donations and project income to support the youth education efforts world wide in cooperation with the Nansen Group and other institutions specifically addressing climate change issues that are affecting Bergen, Norway, and encourage a variety of activities to help reduce global warming.

Nobel Peace Laureates - One Voice Dialogues and BBC Series
Commitment by: The John E. Fetzer Institute
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: To provide $400,000 funding support to the PeaceJam Foundation for convening four to six small dialogues with Nobel Peace Laureates. The dialogues will occur over a two year period between 2007 and 2008 at locations around the world, including Cape Town, South Africa, Galway, Ireland, and San Jose, Costa Rica. The PeaceJam Foundation will serve as organizers and recorders of the dialogues. The dialogues will be filmed for a potential series with BBC World. The aim of the dialogues is to encourage synergy and coherence among the Nobels' voices as directed toward the education of youth in the world. They're aimed specifically at a global call to action, to encourage youth in acts of peace and service. The gatherings have taken place and have been recorded.

More Mobility Around the World
Commitment by: San Francisco State University
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In 2010, San Francisco State University committed to scale up its program, Whirlwind Wheelchair International, to reach a broader, global demographic. San Francisco State University will establish new factories around the world to build wheelchairs for those in need. While currently all wheelchairs produced by Whirlwind are for adults, San Francisco State University intends to design wheelchairs for youth. In addition, San Francisco State University intends to pursue local partnerships to enhance affordable and sustainable service delivery.

Modernite 3.0
Commitment by: LaSer
Focus Area: Other
Introduction: Between 2007 and 2009, Modernité 3.0 developed actions to raise awareness on the issues of social business and social responsibility in Europe. Modernité 3.0 organized debates, meetings, and workshops gathering in total more than 2,000 people (companies, NGOs, state officers, university and media communities) to discuss and build on new ways of tackling societial challenges.

Mobilizing Students to Tackle Poverty & Poor Health
Commitment by: Health Leads
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In 2009, Project HEALTH committed to mobilize over 550 college volunteers to staff Project HEALTH's Family Help Desks, which will connect families in six US cities with the resources they need to be healthy. Project HEALTH will provide college volunteers the opportunity to assist families in negotiating the health care system and medical environment. Not only will Project Health volunteers make a difference in these families' lives, but they will also work side-by-side with experienced physicians, lawyers, and social workers who will inform the volunteers' understandings of how to affect change in health care.

GreenApple Smart Transportation
Commitment by: Appleton Charitable Foundation
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: The Appleton Charitable Foundation will create a new national Canadian charitable program, GreenApple, to facilitate the conversion of taxis and other public transportation to hybrid and other low emission vehicles across Canada.

Green Schools Conference
Commitment by: U.S. Green Building Council
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: Green Building Initiatives, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council, The Turner Corporation and Haverford College, will promote sustainable design and construction in education within the next academic year by hosting a series of conference focused on green building in educational construction and renovations.

MobilizeU Competition
Commitment by: Earth Day Network
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2012, Earth Day Network committed to launching the MobilizeU Competition, an international competition that mobilizes students and their campus communities in environmental activism in celebration of Earth Day. Through this four week competition, Earth Day Network plans to motivate students from over 100 universities on six continents in 30 countries and all 50 states. Earth Day Network will provide these students online resources and promotional opportunities for the students' "acts of green". These 100,000 "acts of green" will both reduce the world's carbon footprint and educate people about the environment.

Building Funding for Water and Sanitation Projects
Commitment by: Wynnette LaBrosse
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Agora Foundation
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In 2006 Wynnette LaBrosse of the Agora Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation commited to provide $1 million per year for four years to WaterPartners International and $100K per year to Water 1st International for organizational development and it's targeted water projects; and up to $300K in year one to study the efficacy of the triple intervention approach of providing hygiene education, sanitation, and point of source safe drinking water.

The Swedish Postcode Lottery's Cancer Commitment
Commitment by: The Swedish Postcode Lottery
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In December 2008, the Swedish Postcode Lottery committed to providing $10,000,000 to two major Swedish Cancer NGOs; The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Swedish Cancer Society.
The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation works to support research in the childhood cancer field as well as the development of new methods to treat and diagnose children with cancer. It also conducts information activities, offers afflicted families care and support and it supports care personnel's training and education within the field.

Grassroots Network
Commitment by: U.S. Global Leadership Campaign
US Global Leadership Campaign
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: By increasing support for budgetary resources allocated toward U.S. international affairs activities, the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign commits to engaging business, civic, and government leaders in a dialogue with the U.S. Congress and administration to recognize the critical importance of meeting the global challenges of the 21st century and to ensure a robust U.S. International Affairs Budget.

Saving Children's Lives through Integrated Health Care
Commitment by: Population Services International
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In Madagascar, 75% of people lack access to potable water, which puts them at significant risk of diarrheal diseases, one of the leading causes of mortality among children. In 2008, PSI committed to reaching half a million Malagasy children with an integrated health care package of safe drinking water, treatment for diarrheal disease, and malaria prevention and treatment, to address two major causes of child death: malaria and diarrhea. Since October 2008, PSI has exceeded the commitment by offering:

100 Village Clinics for Guizhou, China
Commitment by: Amity Foundation
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In 2008, the Amity Foundation committed to build 20 village clinics in 2009 as part of their five-year-plan to build 100 Village Clinics for Guizhou. Unfortunately, their donation flow was adversely affected by the financial crisis as well as the urgent priority for the reconstruction in the aftermath of the Earthquake which devastated a large part of Sichuan in mid-2008. Thus for the period in question, they have only raised funds for six village clinics, three completed benefiting 8,704 villagers and six health workers, and three more clinics targeted for completion in April 2010 to serve 4,318 beneficiaries.

Kenya School Feeding Initiative
Commitment by: Feed The Children, Inc.
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: In just eight months, Feed the Children has accomplished their 3-year school feeding commitment. Feed the Children (FTC) committed to scale up the implementation of school feeding programs in areas of Kenya most affected by the global food crisis by 50% (60,000 school children) over a three year period.

Securing the Building Block of Life: Water
Commitment by: OneXOne Foundation
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: ONEXONe and H20 Africa aim to improve the lives of women and children by empowering them to attend school and participate in income-earning activities.

Orthodox Union's Katrina Project
Commitment by: Orthodox Union
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: In order to preserve and revitalize the devastated New Orleans Jewish Community, the Orthodox Union (OU) commits $780,000 over the next five years, to support individuals and businesses with interest free loans, scholarships and monetary donations, spiritual counseling, and other religious services.

Youth for Global Change Program
Commitment by: Richard Simon
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: In 2007, the Young Presidents Organization committed to providing $1,000,000 to Free The Children to increase the number of Youth in Action clubs by 1,000 within a 12-month period.  Youth in Action groups are the cornerstone of Free the Children's activities, focus, and programs. Youth in Action members across the world work together to fundraise, to learn through taking action and to build awareness of child labor issues.

Grants for Healthy Ecology
Commitment by: Compton Foundation, Inc.
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In order to scale back global climate change, the Compton Foundation commits to provide grants to outstanding projects that will: 1. Reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions from both public and private sources; 2. Develop, advocate, and implement state and regional policy initiatives to decrease greenhouse gas emissions; and 3. Analyze and communicate the regional effects of climate change.

YES Mentoring Program for Underprivileged Children
Commitment by: YES Bank Limited
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: YES BANK has partnered with Akanksha Foundation to strengthen educational infrastructure for the under-privileged through volunteering as part of the Akanksha Mentor Program. The Bank is actively engaged with the students of Akanksha Foundation through the following program activities:

Global Women's Health
Commitment by: Mailman School of Public Health - Columbia University
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: Global Women's Health at Mailman School of Public Health brings together the strengths of three existing programs, Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD), Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) and the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP). Mailman's Global Women's Health addresses the health issues of greatest concern to women worldwide, including maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, family planning and reproductive health more broadly. Guided by successes in AMDD, RAISE and ICAP, Global Women's Health works from a systems perspective to promote policies favorable to women's health, carries out applied research to improve service delivery, and works directly on implementing services. Mailman School of Public Health works in resource-poor countries globally, including fragile states where systems development is critical for advancing the health of women.

Global Sullivan Principles
Commitment by: The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: The Global Sullivan Principles (GSP) align companies of all sizes, in disparate industries and cultures, to work together toward the common goals of human rights, social justice and economic opportunity. Over the next year, The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation commits to reaffirming the involvement of the original endorsers of the GSP, while increasing the number of new endorsers to 100.

Micro-Finance / Lending Program
Commitment by: The Asper Foundation
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: The Asper Foundation commits to stimulate economic expansion and create employment opportunities for Israelis and Israeli-Arabs, by providing loan guarantees to economically disadvantaged persons, as well as to Israeli-Arabs and jointly owned Israeli - Israeli-Arab small businesses.

Metropolitan Poverty Documentary
Commitment by: McDonald Media Group
Focus Area: Economic Empowerment
Introduction: Rob McDonald of McDonald Media is producing a film and subsequent citywide outreach program to inspire participants of the screenings to take action to alleviate the impact of poverty in Nashville, TN. The project will highlight Nashville as a prototype for finding solutions to urban poverty across the nation.

Mercer On Mission: Amputee Assistance Initiative
Commitment by: Mercer University
Focus Area: Other
Introduction: In 2009, Mercer University committed to provide up to 12 amputees in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with a universal socket prosthetic and provide follow-up occupational therapy and assessment for prosthetic recipients. Mercer University will also instruct indigenous medical students, faculty, and practitioners in basic bio-mechanics and in the particular construction and fitting of the universal socket prosthetic. Ultimately, Mercer University hopes to provide a transfer of technology and capacity building so that these prosthetic devices can be produced and offered locally by local medical personnel.

SolarAid Carbon Offset Scheme
Commitment by: SolarAid
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2006, SolarAid committed to establish a carbon partnership scheme that enables individuals, companies, and organizations to offset their own carbon emissions with payments that fund the installation of solar energy systems in Africa. SolarAid's model, known as micro solar, involves teaching local communities in Africa how to convert kerosene lamps into solar lanterns, which they can then sell to earn a profit as well as reduce carbon emissions.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Program for Truckers
Commitment by: YES Bank Limited
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: It is estimated that there are 5 to 6 million truckers in India, aged 25 to 50, who ply the long-distance routes in this vast Asian country. According to sources, there is an estimated HIV prevalence level of 11-16 percent among long-distance truck drivers in India.

Hollywood Climate Action Initiative for Communities
Commitment by: Global Green USA
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: Hollywood Climate Action Initiative for Communities will utilize celebrity spokespeople and activists to generate media attention for its objectives. This initiative crystallized through a partnership with Starbucks ($75,000 per year for two years and two New York Times ads) to develop and advance climate change via strategic corporate partnerships, foundation funding and advocacy.

Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF)
Commitment by: United Nations Environment Programme
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2005, UNEP committed to create a Seed Capital Assistance Facility (SCAF) dedicated to helping early stage clean energy enterprises access start-up seed capital from mainstream energy investors.
Most activity during 2008 was related to establishing the facility, setting up its operating modalities and negotiating the first SCAF Cooperating Fund Agreements. So far eight countries have endorsed their participation in the facility, including recently India, and a number of others are being approached to cover the full slate of countries that the prospective partner funds are looking to operate in. Eight fund managers have submitted Expressions of Interest to sign a SCAF Cooperating Fund Manager agreement. After preliminary discussions held with a broad range of prospective fund managers negotiations have begun with four towards the eventual signing of SCAF Cooperating Fund Agreements.

Mangroves for the Future (MFF)
Commitment by: The World Conservation Union
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: MFF is based on a vision of a healthier, more prosperous, and secure future for all sections of coastal populations in Indian Ocean countries. It is a unique partnership-led initiative working in four key areas of influence: regional cooperation, national program support, private sector engagement, and community action. To date, MFF has established a broad based governance structures at both national and regional levels, and generated considerable interest among both current 'focal' countries and 'new' countries in both Asia and Africa. The MFF ownership lies firmly with its member countries, which appreciate the flexibility regarding the interpretation of MFF's Programs of Work and implementation guidelines.

Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa
Commitment by: PATH
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: To support Zambia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa to scale up malaria prevention and control at the national level to dramatically reduce the burden of malaria.

Louisiana Katrina Relief and Biodiesel Project
Commitment by: BioDiesel America
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: Using a sustainable biodiesel powered boat, delivery of relief aid in the form of biodiesel fuel, food, supplies, and equipment was completed to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. The total value of this aid was $250,000. After the completion of the short-term relief project, the team was inspired to continue a commitment to sustainability and security for New Orleans. It created a new goal of building a biodiesel facility to serve the city of New Orleans, at an estimated cost of $50 million. However, as the commitment makers worked towards this, it became apparent that the scope and need for alternative energy was much larger than the city itself. In order to facilitate real change and action towards the use of biodiesel and other alternative energy, the commitment shifted to spreading the message of sustainable energy through the production of the FUEL film (formerly known as 'Fields of Fuel').

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control
Commitment by: Sabin Vaccine Institute
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Control commits to scaling-up its operations and expanding its partnerships to create a global platform for the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases in a cost-effective and integrated manner.

Visiting Professorship in International Issues
Commitment by: William Benter
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: In 2006, Bill Benter committed to fund a $1 million endowment to the University of Pittsburgh for a Visiting Professorship in International Issues. The University will bring in renowned scholars with expertise in international issues affecting influential regions of the world to broaden awareness and promote international understanding in university students. The University initially will seek academics with a special interest in the Middle East to fill the professorship.

JAM - Sudan Water Wells
Commitment by: Laurie Cunnington
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: This project will provide clean, safe drinkable water to 25 villages in the Sudan.

Unarmed Peacekeeping and Training
Commitment by: The George Family Foundation
Focus Area: Other
Introduction: The George Family Foundation is committed to help support the Nonviolent Peaceforce in its efforts to double the number of team members in Sri Lanka, support the Peaceforce's efforts in selecting a site for its second peacekeeping field project, and to help the organization broaden its visibility and leadership role in the international community.

Partnerships for Healthcare Solutions
Commitment by: BIO Ventures for Global Health
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: BIO Ventures for Global Health commits to advance life-saving partnerships among academic institutions, the biopharmaceutical industry, interested governments, NGOs and the funding community, with the goal of accelrating the development of next-generation medicines targeting diseases of the developing world.

Tomorrow's Youth Organization, Nablus, Palestine
Commitment by: Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO)
Focus Area: Education
Introduction: In 2007, Tomorrow's Youth Organization (TYO) committed to offer children and communities in the Middle East educational, cultural, and recreational activities to promote a peaceful outlook among the region's next generation. Through the development of community centers, beginning in Nablus, Palestine, children will have access to safe learning environments, as well as hubs for cultural and interpersonal exchange.

Global Health Corps
Commitment by: FACE AIDS
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In 2009, FACE AIDS committed to provide recent college graduates with paid, year-long fellowships to work with organizations providing healthcare services in developing countries. Working with its partner, Global Health Corps (GHC), FACE AIDS will create cross-cultural fellowship teams and train them in language, culture, and basic epidemiology. FACE AIDS will then place these fellows in organizations to work for one year, after which fellows will enter the robust Global Health Corps network. FACE AIDS will identify core partner organizations and use the FACE AIDS chapter network to recruit graduating college seniors and recent college graduates. FACE AIDS hopes to encourage fellows to not only serve global health during their fellowships, but also throughout their careers. In its first year of operations, FACE AIDS hopes to improve the lives of 120,000 people.

Microgrid Pilot Project: Clean Reliable Energy for Nigeria
Commitment by: Enphase Energy
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, Enphase Energy, Inc., in partnership with Beacon Power Services, committed to providing clean and reliable in Abuja, Nigeria through piloting an innovative solar energy microgrid system. This microgrid system is unique due to the use of microinverter technology, designed and provided by Enphase, which will allow local non-specialist electricians and laborers to install and maintain the system. Beacon Power Services will manage the local training and installation of the system, as well as provide ongoing support throughout the lifetime of the project. Through this pilot commitment, Enphase and Beacon Power Services will provide energy services to one local business in an effort to prove the scalability of this solar microgrid system in a country where traditional forms of electricity are unreliable and harmful to the environment.

Measuring Supply Chain Impacts on Land Use and Biodiversity
Commitment by: Patagonia Works
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, Patagonia committed to building out the land use and biodiversity categories to be included in a future version of the Higg Index, a project of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. This will expand the Higg Index to be the most comprehensive and robust environmental impact measurement tool in the apparel and footwear industry. Patagonia will pilot the land use and biodiversity categories throughout their supply chain to measure and manage key impacts on ecosystem health. As many indicators of the health of our planet continue to decline, including measures of biodiversity, Patagonia recognizes that this is, in part, an effect of the production of consumer goods on the planet's limited natural capital and ecosystem services. In partnership with the University of California Santa Barbara's Bren School, Patagonia will assess the impacts of land use on biodiversity for four Patagonia T-shirts made from different materials: wool, polyester, organic cotton, and lyocell. These materials each have a different supply chain with different land use requirements. In addition to looking at a range of materials and ecosystem services, this commitment will analyze impacts across various geographic regions. By measuring the impact that supply chains have on biodiversity in different regions of the world, Patagonia and other companies can make more informed decisions that lead to less strain on natural systems.

Valuing Home Energy Performance in Mortgage Loans
Commitment by: Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), committed to developing a program to educate and engage the mortgage, building, and real estate industries to value home energy performance in U.S. mortgage loans, recruiting 100 industry professionals to participate by 2015. In this effort to improve energy efficiency in the nation's housing stock, RESNET will leverage its energy rating and certification experience, along with data gathered through energy rating 1.3 million U.S. homes, to implement and support this platform.

Creating Veteran-Owned Coops For Deep Energy Retrofits
Commitment by: Building Performance Contractors Association of NY State
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, as a dual effort to provide sustainable career pathways for veterans and reduce energy waste in American homes, the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State (BPCA) committed to developing a veteran-owned cooperative business to perform deep energy retrofits in New York. This pilot coop will create 15 new jobs and complete 24 energy efficiency home renovations in one year. BPCA will provide program participants with technical training, mentoring support, and operational resources for business development and skills advancement. This pilot's launch will build out the infrastructure to replicate and scale a model that can be used across other communities across the United States.

United Water 'Solution': Investing in America's Water
Commitment by: United Water
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2012, United Water committed to partner with institutional investors to form entities that will provide Nassau County, New York and the City of Bayonne, New Jersey with private capital to pay down accumulated debt and initiate capital investment in their municipal water systems. Through this five year commitment, United Water will take over operations and repairs of these water systems in exchange for resident-paid water usage fees. The municipalities, while clearing millions of dollars of accumulated debt, will maintain ownership and regulatory oversight of these systems. This unique partnership and innovative financial solution will promote job creation, create a cleaner environment, and ensure that ownership and stewardship of the water system never leaves public hands.

We Can Lead: Business for Climate Policy
Commitment by: Ceres
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2009, Ceres and the Clean Economy Network Foundation (CENF) committed to launch an ambitious effort-titled 'We Can Lead'-to mobilize business and financial leaders to deliver credible economic messages related to climate and energy policy.

Working together, Ceres and CENF have made substantial progress, including aiding the passage of climate policy in the House by mobilizing 500 business and lead financial partners to deliver key messages to U.S. policymakers on the myriad economic benefits of reduced emissions and clean energy. Media platforms employed include radio, TV and newspaper ads, and the hosting of over 30 targeted events which resulted in 361 press hits in key states and 37 op-eds and newspaper articles.

The Portland Retrofit Collaborative
Commitment by: Enterprise Cascadia
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2009, the Portland Retrofit Collaborative committed to expand its home residential retrofit pilot to promote greater investment in residential building efficiency projects and to drive long-term market transformation. This commitment aims to demonstrate how diverse partnerships and state-of-the-art financial tools can catalyze residential and small business retrofit deployment, develop new markets, provide new opportunities for underserved populations, and yield significant carbon reduction.

 Global Youth Summit on Climate Change
Commitment by: Global Voices/AmericaSpeaks
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2007, the United Nation's Environmental Program and Global Voices committed to work with global children and youth to discuss climate change and their ability to affect international negotiations. On August 20, 2009, the United Nation's Environmental Program and Global Voices hosted the "Seal the Deal Global Town Hall"-- the largest-ever truly global youth town hall. 700 young people from around the globe called on world leaders to stand up and take substantial measures against climate change. Participants gathered in Daejeon and were joined by young people in 15 sites around the world, who participated through an interactive online webcast program. The 'Seal the Deal' campaign was spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Through an interactive online webcast program the young participants were able to express their concerns and frustrations about the lack of action from governments worldwide on current climate issues. They also shared their hopes and their innovative solutions to climate change and called on governments and citizens to take action.

Partnership to Save the Elephants
Commitment by: Wildlife Conservation Society
African Wildlife Foundation
World Wildlife Fund
Conservation International
The Nature Conservancy
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Conservation International and their partners committed to preventing further elephant poaching by directly targeting the chief drivers of poaching. This commitment takes a triple pronged approach by dedicating funding to: "stop the killing," "stop the trafficking," and "stop the demand." This coalition of organizations will work with African leaders to support their governments' efforts to curb elephant poaching and ivory trafficking. They will also work to 'stop the demand' internationally by building on current awareness campaigns and promoting engagement with consumer country governments. This collaborative commitment has massive impact potential for improving the future survival of the world's last great elephant populations.

Gray Whale Conservation Campaign
Commitment by: Fundación Azteca
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2006, Fundación Azteca and the members of the Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance committed to save the gray whale by protecting close to one million acres of coastal ecosystems in the Laguna San Ignacio region of Mexico in Baja California. Fundación Azteca has done so through conservation easements with ejidos and private property owners. The Alliance has targeted priority conservation sites around the Laguna San Ignacio estuarine complex, which include areas surrounding the communities of La Bocana and Punta Abreojos, Estero el Coyote, and Laguna San Ignacio itself. Of primary importance are the estuaries and included mangrove forests of La Bocana, Estero El Coyote, and Laguna San Ignacio. The Alliance has established 35 private conservation easements to secure the protection of 20,000 acres in the Ejido Luis Alvarez, completing the protection of the entire ejido. This legally binding deal is the one of the largest private land-conservation agreement in North America and is touted as a model for conserving both the environment and the area's cultural identity.

Step Up in Hollywood: Sustainably Ending Homelessness
Commitment by: Tod Lipka
Step Up on Second
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2010, Step Up on Second committed to acquiring, developing, and operating 200 LEED-certified permanent supportive housing units. The commitment targets individuals identified as 'most vulnerable' on the Hollywood Homeless Registry.

Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative
Commitment by: Rural Action
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2011, Rural Action committed to conduct research, advocate for policy, support local business development, and invest in new infrastructure that will improve waste management in the Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District in southeastern Ohio. Currently, the waste management system employed in this district adds little economic value to local communities. In collaboration with local partners, Rural Action seeks to guide the creation of a new system for managing, recycling, and re-purposing the waste of this two-county district, making it a regional and national leader in rural waste management and sector-based wealth creation.
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Expansion of the 'Fossil Free by '33' Initiative
Commitment by: Orfalea Foundation
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2008, the Orfalea Foundations committed to providing $105,058 to catalyze a community effort to move the Santa Barbara region away from fossil fuels in one generation.

 Water Risk and Climate: Improving Corporate Performance
Commitment by: Ceres
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2009 Ceres commited to launching a new initiative to drive strong corporate management awareness of the impacts of climate change on freshwater resources and highlight the substantial risks this poses for key industries -- including water utilities.

 Building the Green Future
Commitment by: International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2006, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) committed to designing and constructing one of the greenest buildings in Europe, transforming its headquarters in Switzerland into a Global Conservation Centre. IUCN planned to implement the highest standards for its new building and to raise the bar for others in terms of sustainable construction in both Switzerland and Europe.

Eko Atlantic, Lagos, Nigeria
Commitment by: The Chagoury Group
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2009, South Energyx Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of The Chagoury Group, committed to combat the devastating effects of coastal erosion accelerated by climate change through the reclamation of nine square kilometres of land behind a giant sea wall. This reclaimed land, when completed in 2015, will become a platform for the construction of a new city called Eko Atlantic which will protect Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria from severe risk of ocean surge and flooding.

Access to Water for the Underserved in Port-au-Prince
Commitment by: United Water
Focus Area: Global Health
Introduction: In 2013, United Water committed to improving access to water for underserved communities in Port-au-Prince in partnership with the Haitian National Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DINEPA). Scaling up a successful pilot project of 26 kiosks, which currently provide clean water access to 39,000 families in Port-au-Prince, United Water will construct 200 additional kiosks over the next five years. In addition to providing access to clean water, which is essential to prevent outbreaks, such as cholera, the local distribution centers will also reduce the amount of time girls and women, who bear the primary responsibility for collecting water, will need to spend on that activity. The construction and management of the kiosks will also provide income-generating opportunities for up to 1,600 people.

Evaluating Coastal Wetlands: Bang for Our Restoration Buck
Commitment by: Center for American Progress
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, the Center for American Progress, in partnership with Oxfam America, committed to establishing metrics that assign monetary value to restored and protected U.S. coastal wetlands ecosystems. These benefits include storm surge protection, pollution filtration, and habitat provision. Each of these benefits dramatically enhances commercially and recreationally important fish stocks for coastal communities and beyond. Unfortunately, little research exists to define these benefits in economic terms. The goal of the partnership is to better integrate ecosystem protection and restoration into US policy on coastal infrastructure and land use. The commitment will include a published report explaining why coastal ecosystems are valuable, why investments in restoration are needed, and will conclude with specific recommendations for policy makers and the public. This commitment will make new strides to include environmental considerations in public decision-making and fostering investments in coastal ecosystem restoration.

Unlocking the Power of Microalgae: New Sustainable Oil
Commitment by: Solazyme, Inc.
Focus Area: Environment & Energy
Introduction: In 2013, Solazyme committed to scaling the production of a new source of sustainable renewable microalgal oil for use in consumer products. Solazyme will use one of the world's smallest microbes, microalgae, to help arrest environmental damage in fragile equatorial ecosystems through the replacement of palm oil in products with microalgal oil. Solazyme's oils are produced in a matter of days by using algae to convert biomass to oils and have been third party validated to be the most sustainable source of oil ever produced. Solazyme's technology divorces geography from natural oil production so tropical oils can now be produced anywhere, thus alleviating deforestation pressures around the fragile equator band. This commitment will also benefit partners using microalgal oil by providing 100 percent traceability and shortened supply chains.

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