Sustainable Earth launches the Small Business Sustainability Awards

Inaugural program will award $50,000 in prizes to American small businesses making progress toward a more sustainable future

PHOENIX, April 21, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sustainable Earth, a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Wells Fargo, announced the launch of the Sustainable Earth Small Business Awards (SESBA) to celebrate the innovative solutions small businesses across the United States develops to support its communities and the planet. The program will award more than $50,000 in prizes, with individual amounts up to $5,000, to 15 small American businesses that are making progress toward a more sustainable future.

The awards program, which invites nominations through July 1, 2022, is open to any U.S.-based small business and its employees who demonstrate sustainability innovation. This may include, but is not limited to, using renewable energy, conserving water, reducing waste, creating closed-loop systems, increasing equity and accessibility, etc Solutions may be in development or currently in practice.

“The collective efforts and innovative solutions of small businesses and the individuals within these organizations have a profound impact on the future of our planet and our communities,” said Katelyn Armbruster, M.Ed., Sustainable Program Manager. Earth. “Our goal with the Sustainable Earth Small Business Awards is to celebrate those taking action on a large and small scale and to share their stories so it can spark ideas for other businesses and leaders.”

Companies with less than 500 employees are invited to share their sustainability stories via video or podcast. Submissions should include a description of the challenge, what solutions were tested and implemented, what worked, what didn’t work, and the results.

“Small businesses have long been the backbone of our economy and they have become essential to advancing sustainability,” said Alicia Marseille, Acting Deputy Director, Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service. “This awards program honors their hard work and dedication, and perhaps more importantly, will also serve as inspiration for other small businesses who want to implement sustainability, but may not know where or how. how to start.”

To find out more and to apply, visit sustainable-earth.org.

About Sustainable Earth

Sustainable Earth, powered by ASU, is a sustainability, knowledge and idea sharing website created to empower individuals, businesses and educators to contribute to a more sustainable future. The platform provides sustainability information, news and education presented in an accessible format, and includes sustainability-focused micro-courses, educational tools and learning activities, and new research from ASU and other institutions. Sustainable Earth is a collaborative effort, funded by Wells Fargo and developed by Arizona State University (ASU). For more information, visit Sustainable-earth.org.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a leading financial services company with approximately $1.9 trillion in assets, proudly serves one in three American households and more than 10% of small businesses in the United States , and is the leading provider of middle market banking services. in the USA

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