Sustainable Earth Platform Empowers Small Business

by Mike Hunter 

sustainable-earthSustainable Earth, a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Wells Fargo, aims to make expert-level sustainability news, research, and education relatable and accessible to consumers, small businesses and educators, with the goal of providing ways for them to take direct action toward creating a more sustainable future.

With content produced by ASU researchers and research students, and other sustainability experts, the platform delivers expert knowledge, innovative research, and science-backed curricula to empower ‘everyday’ sustainability through small changes. The content covers a broad range of topics across lifestyle, sustainable business and education and aims to break down the latest trends, research and reports, making the information more accessible and actionable.

“Fundamentals of sustainable supply chains” and courses on CDP reporting (fundamental, intermediate, advanced) are among the nine micro-courses Sustainable Earth currently offers, with more in development now and a goal to continue adding courses.

Says Sustainable Earth Program Manager Katelyn Armbruster, M.Ed., “Countries and global organizations are struggling to meet climate goals, and climate change is becoming a bigger threat to humankind and the world. Consumers and small businesses want to take action, but it can be a nebulous topic. Sustainable Earth is on a mission to change that.”

The idea for Sustainable Earth came from several teams at ASU doing work to drive the mission of sustainability forward. Realizing they needed a platform to disseminate important research and information coming out of the university and beyond, Sustainable Earth was born. Earlier this year, the Rob & Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service team at ASU reimagined the platform, which now features sustainability research, studies, guides, micro-courses, student-led innovations, and solutions to inspire daily actions toward sustainability.

To celebrate the innovative solutions small businesses throughout the US are developing to support their communities and the planet, Sustainable Earth has also launched the Sustainable Earth Small Business Awards. This year’s inaugural program will award more than $50,000 in prize money, with individual award amounts up to $5,000, to 15 US small businesses making strides toward a more sustainable future.

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