Cisco’s grantee and investee companions share what they sit up for most at Local weather Week NYC

Local weather Week NYC, one of many largest annual local weather occasions since 2009, brings collectively worldwide leaders from enterprise, authorities, and civil society to showcase international local weather motion. This yr’s theme is “We Can. We Will,” specializing in an motion to drive a extra sustainable future collectively. Contributors will use the total week of greater than 400 scheduled occasions as a rallying name to halve carbon emissions by 2030 and to be on a path to net-zero by 2050.

Cisco and the Cisco Basis, together with our Local weather grantee and investee companions, perceive that the sustainable future we wish to transfer in the direction of is one that’s inclusive, resilient, and regenerative. Collectively, we concentrate on innovation as a key avenue to foster extra inclusive communities, extra resilient bioregions, and round and regenerative economies. That’s the reason we requested a few of our grantee and investee partnership leaders, “How does it profit your group to take part in Local weather Week, and what are you wanting ahead to most concerning the occasion?” That is what they needed to say.


Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO of Mercy Corps

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Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO of Mercy Corps

“The local weather disaster disproportionately impacts the communities Mercy Corps works with – individuals going through poverty, battle, environmental degradation, and extra frequent and unpredictable excessive climate. And the people most impacted by local weather change have typically contributed the least to it.

We companion with native communities on local weather options, from adaptation to sustainable vitality, that carry sensible, significant change on the native stage, then mobilize our international workforce to scale and replicate them worldwide.

Local weather Week is a chance for us to study from peer and companion organizations, construct new partnerships, and unlock new concepts and alternatives for collaboration throughout sectors to deal with the best menace of our time. 

No single group can resolve the complicated points going through the world at present – and it’ll take all of us, throughout all sectors to advance the local weather motion our world wants now. Because of this we champion partnerships that carry collectively experience, concepts, instruments, and sources in assist of the shared objective of making a greater world – that’s what we’re most wanting ahead to.

The brand new commitments, concepts, and partnerships that come out of Local weather Week will make a distinction in defending our planet and other people already experiencing the implications of the local weather disaster.”


Lance Pierce, CEO of NetHope

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Lance Pierce, CEO of NetHope

NetHope‘s participation in Local weather Week is greater than simply constructing consciousness. The crux of our Local weather Interactions program lies in our group of humanitarian and preservation organizations, their ecosystems, thematic initiatives, native and marginalized communities, and know-how companions. Our imaginative and prescient is to assist decrease or cut back the affect of local weather change on susceptible individuals by more practical and modern use of digital applied sciences for resilience and adaptation. NetHope is a consortium of main international nonprofits with over 60 nonprofit Member organizations who collectively serve over 1.67 billion individuals in 190 international locations, and greater than 50 company know-how companions that collaboratively work to deal with international challenges by leveraging digital options.

NetHope believes we may also help cut back or decrease a few of the shorter-term impacts of local weather change by leveraging the mixed expertise and data of our group. The catastrophic menace posed by local weather change, with the potential to nullify a long time of humanitarian development, has catapulted it to one of many 5 prime priorities we now have at NetHope and is shared by our humanitarian and conservation Members.

Tackling the local weather disaster, requires daring, collective motion. NetHope seems ahead to Local weather Week, to COP28, and past, working with likeminded companions to assist leverage the attain of the NetHope group by way of digital, knowledge, and partnerships to assist extra individuals in additional locations within the face of sure local weather change.”


Kelly Erhart, Co-founder and President of Vesta

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Kelly Erhart, President of Vesta

Vesta seems ahead to the solutions-oriented and connective nature of Local weather Week.

Vesta’s energy as a company comes from the immense cross-sector collaboration we now have mobilized to advance Coastal Carbon Seize as a nature-based carbon removing answer.

Local weather Week affords a novel alternative to attach with corporates, traders, technical consultants, and different organizations within the house to advance trade data and workshop options to key growth blockers.

Local weather Week is a crucial contact level for Vesta with the bigger environmental group and affords unparalleled alternatives for us to ascertain extra partnerships with the intention to advance Coastal Carbon Seize alongside its path to turning into essentially the most scalable, value efficient, and vitality environment friendly type of everlasting carbon removing.”  


Cecelia Foxworthy, CEO of Agora Partnerships

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Cecelia Foxworthy, CEO of Agora Partnerships

“Participation in Local weather Week helps Agora Partnerships be on the vanguard of local weather applied sciences, improvements, and fashions as we develop our Cisco Basis-supported digital repository of eco improvements for SMEs in Latin America.

These areas of interchange the place the local weather is on the middle of discussions, are of utmost significance to our group, not solely to study from the titans and innovators of the trade but in addition to share our standpoint and make sure the challenges and alternatives associated to local weather in Latin America are being talked about.

We sit up for assembly outdated companions we’ve labored with through the years, and to assembly new pals as we alternate concepts and collaborate to guard our planet and all its beings.”



Deborah Stern, Co-Founding father of Capital for Local weather

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Deborah Stern, Co-Founding father of Capital for Local weather

Capital for Local weather’s objective is to information and speed up capital allocation to attain a internet zero, nature optimistic, simply transition. With Cisco Basis’s partnership, we’re creating the world’s most complete Nature-based Answer (NbS) Funding Platform – powering the community of NbS opportunity-focused traders to confidently allocate with the best knowledge, instruments and group. Mobilizing capital to Brazil’s NbS is one pressing focus.

“Local weather Week – gotta like it. It affords a tremendous crucible to make mission-critical connections – from white-board periods with our closest collaborators (some we’ve by no means met in individual!), to forming new relationships at a myriad of occasions.

Uncovered to a wealth of data, individuals, initiatives, we get to see an ever-richer map of the ‘tribe’ and to faucet into the stream of rising narratives … that may…that can…which can be…dashing our collective success. 

On the flip facet – Local weather Week may be totally dizzying.  So, I plan my agenda, however particularly sit up for the serendipities that usually yield exceptional connections, enabling quantum leaps for my work and our collective mission.” 


Eric Berlow, CEO of Vibrant Information Labs

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Eric Berlow, CEO of Vibrant Information Labs

Vibrant Information Labs (VDL) is proud to be on the bottom for Local weather Week this yr and our mission is obvious: assist all of the disparate palms which can be engaged on the existential disaster of our time, come collectively to collaborate extra successfully and strategically towards international local weather justice outcomes. 

VDL has been requested as a featured presenter alongside main local weather finance traders, philanthropists, scientists, and motion builders. At these occasions, we’ll showcase how we carry our distinctive ecological perspective and novel knowledge science approaches to constructing instruments that result in better collaboration throughout the local weather change ecosystem. 

All through the week, we may have the chance to have interaction with our long-time companions in individual, meet new leaders, and study from the sector.

We hope to carry a uncommon mixture of science and hope as all of us sit up for the challenges forward. Being current at Local weather Week will assist VDL proceed to know and outline the most important affect position our workforce can have on this rising subject.”


Nicole Etchart, Co-Founder and CEO of NESsT

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Nicole Etchart, CEO of NESsT

“This yr, throughout Local weather Week, NESsT will collaborate with leaders from numerous sectors throughout the Amazon, together with authorities representatives, Indigenous and conventional communities, traders, and native companies, to launch the Pan-Amazonian Community on Bioeconomy.

On the occasion, we’ll collectively current the suggestions generated by 300 members and 100 establishments who took half within the Belem Panamazonia Bioeconomy Convention on June twenty first and twenty second, 2023. The launch goals to underscore the significance of conserving the Amazon and selling sustainable growth, with a selected concentrate on climate-smart approaches that strengthen biodiversity and contain conventional communities within the area.

As a part of the Pan-Amazonian community on Bioeconomy, NESsT seeks to amplify the voices of Indigenous and conventional communities within the bioeconomy and join extra native, environmentally aware companies within the rainforest to sustainable markets.

By the NESsT Amazonia Initiative, we presently assist a portfolio of 48 enterprises which can be driving bioeconomy options and enhancing the well-being of conventional communities whereas safeguarding the setting. This portfolio encompasses a various vary of options, from Indigenous-led initiatives supporting Amazon River fishers to early-stage tech corporations devoted to delivering and increasing local weather options within the Amazon.”


Katherine Lucey, Founder and CEO of Photo voltaic Sister

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Katherine Lucey, Founder & CEO of Photo voltaic Sister

“Attending Local weather Week is a good alternative to have interaction with various stakeholders concerned in local weather justice. Photo voltaic Sister emphasizes ladies’s essential position in implementing and adopting clear vitality options, particularly in rural and underserved areas, and we’re deeply dedicated as a key participant within the intersection of local weather change, ladies’s empowerment, and clear vitality. By showcasing how ladies’s financial empowerment and clear vitality go hand-in-hand, Photo voltaic Sister underscores the message that tackling local weather change and gender inequality is a synergistic effort. 

Local weather Week gives a distinguished platform to amplify the significance of Photo voltaic Sister’s mission to a worldwide viewers. Attending affords alternative to fulfill with potential companions, donors, and different stakeholders to foster collaborations, funding alternatives, and new initiatives. Moreover, Local weather Week is a wonderful discussion board to study precious insights into the newest applied sciences, greatest practices, and insurance policies within the clear vitality sector from different trade leaders and innovators. 

As CEO of Photo voltaic Sister, I sit up for leveraging the alternatives that Local weather Week affords to advance our mission, foster collaborations, and encourage better change within the struggle in opposition to local weather change and gender inequality. It’s inspiring to reconnect with colleagues working in the direction of a extra sustainable future.” 



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