Echoing Green Announces 2016 Fellowship Award for PastureMap
Helping ranchers reverse climate change with grazing for soil health
San Mateo – June 14, 2016
Echoing Green, a global organization that supports social entrepreneurs, today announced that Christine Su has received a highly competitive Fellowship to help launch PastureMap. The 33 exceptional innovators in the 2016 Fellowship class will further develop social enterprises that address some of the world’s most intractable challenges around economic development, racial and gender equality, food security, and the environment.
As a Fellow, Christine Su will become part of a select global network of leaders identified by Echoing Green as dramatic, scalable, and important to the progress of the world. Fellows will access a community of funders, investors, and entrepreneurs across issue areas, geographies, and disciplines. Christine will receive seed funding of $80,000. Seed funding of up to $90,000 will also be available to them for two years to support the continued growth of their organizations.
PastureMap's mission is to empower ranchers to reverse climate change and build wealth by adopting grazing practices that build soil health. PastureMap helps ranchers adopt better practices starting with simple, mobile records in the field. We pull in aerial images, soil, and rainfall data to help ranchers make intelligent decisions about grazing management. Digital records also helps ranchers qualify for funding from federal grants, certifications, and carbon sequestration incentives. If all grasslands globally were managed to their full potential, we could reverse atmospheric carbon to pre-industrial levels within 20 years.
Christine, founder of PastureMap, said, “I am honored to become a 2016 Climate Fellow, and am already inspired by every Echoing Green Fellow I’ve met. This is a group of audacious leaders tackling huge global challenges. Our team is invigorated by Echoing Green’s validation of our big idea and purpose - to help ranchers reverse climate change through carbon friendly grazing practices.”
For nearly 30 years, Echoing Green has provided a launch pad for projects with a purpose. It has served as an early and important investor in the growing field of social entrepreneurship. This year, the organization reviewed 2,077 applications from 120 countries, which represent meaningful trends from the front lines of social change.
This year’s Fellows are split almost evenly between for-profit (43 percent) and nonprofit organizations (39 percent). An additional 14 percent have a hybrid model, and 4 percent are not yet decided. The top five issue areas for selected Fellows are:
1. Poverty alleviation and economic development (24 percent)
2. Education (23 percent)
3. Environment (14 percent)
4. Health and healthcare (10 percent)
5. Food and agriculture (9 percent)
“As an institution that sees entrepreneurship as a means to disrupt narratives and create pathways for social change, Echoing Green is so inspired by the talent and vision held by each member of the 2016 class,” says Echoing Green president Cheryl L. Dorsey. “Global warming, racism, pollution, food and water scarcity – these are just some of the world’s most daunting problems. We believe in the tremendous power of these projects to bring about solutions.”
Throughout its history, Echoing Green has invested more than $42 million in seed-stage funding and strategic assistance to over 700 world-class leaders driving positive social change in more than 70 countries. Echoing Green also supports the Fellow community long after their initial funding period through ongoing programs and opportunities at critical points in their careers.
“Echoing Green’s community is unparalleled,” Dorsey said. “As these new Fellows join this community, their leadership is strengthened by the support and influence from a group that intimately understands the challenges they will face as they launch their enterprises.”
Echoing Green’s Fellowship program is made possible through private contributions and the generous support of funders, including the Walton Family Foundation, the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID, the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The ZOOM Foundation, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, with support from the Open Society Foundations.
PastureMap's mission is to empower ranchers to reverse climate change and build wealth by adopting grazing practices that build soil health. PastureMap helps ranchers adopt better practices starting with simple, mobile records in the field. The platform pulls in aerial images, soil maps, and rainfall data to help ranchers locate areas of potential improvement, and the PastureMap community includes advisors and master graziers who help ranchers make intelligent management decisions about their grasslands. Digital records also help ranchers qualify for funding from federal grants, certifications, and carbon sequestration programs. If all grasslands globally were managed to their full potential, we could reverse atmospheric carbon to pre-industrial levels within 20 years.
About Echoing Green
For nearly 30 years, Echoing Green has supported next-generation talent in solving the world’s biggest problems. These leaders spend their lives working with purpose and define their generations. They make society better.
Echoing Green has established a global community of emerging leaders – over 700 and growing – who have launched Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, SKS Microfinance, and more. Echoing Green is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to support its mission. Through its Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green unleashes tracks down the best and the brightest leaders, brings them together, and launches them on their path to success.
Echoing Green drives social progress further, faster.
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