Organizations in Greenland:

Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a Seattle-based, internationally focused nonprofit organization whose vision is Safe children thriving in a peaceful world. The organization conducts research, develops educational materials, and trains educators in the use of evidence-based, teacher- and parent-friendly curricula for the prevention of child abuse and youth violence. The organization disseminates these toolkits to schools, districts, youth programs, parent educators, and other child-serving settings. Committee for Children programs are awarded the highest exemplary and model program ratings by the US Departments of Education, Health, and Justice, and given Select Program status by researchers at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Committee for Children’s flagship program, Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, is taught to over 9 million children in North America and translated versions are presented to millions more children through program dissemination partners in countries around the world.

Microsoft Corporation

As an industry leader and the world’s largest software company, Microsoft has a responsibility to act as a good corporate citizen all around the world. Whether it is complying with local laws and regulations, demonstrating ethical business standards, mitigating risks to the environment, or protecting human rights, Microsoft is committed to being a global leader in corporate social responsibility. Corporate citizenship is also core to the Microsoft business strategy and the way that we interact with customers, partners, governments, and employees. It is a way of doing business that recognizes the effect that Microsoft has on society and the effect that society has on our business. The Microsoft corporate citizenship mission is simple: to serve the public good through innovative technologies and partnerships and to deliver on our business responsibilities of growth and value to our customers, shareholders, and employees. This mission not only guides our work as a corporate citizen, but also provides a framework through which our business addresses new markets, technologies, and business models.

SeaChar.Org

SeaChar.Org is working to research, educate and promote the use of biochar and clean biochar production. Biochar has great potential to favorably impact climate change, soil productivity, food security and the production of carbon negative sustainable biomass energy. Our technology development is producing clean burning fuel efficient alternatives to open fire burning of wood or charcoal for cooking and commercial scale charcoal production. We prioritize crop and forestry waste products as new energy input sources. As such our work and the resource we represent supports all of the following areas :

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
• creation of new entrepreneurial fuel cycles
• decreased cost of cooking and heating inputs
• decreased cost of agricultural inputs
• creation of in country manufacturing
• potential carbon credit (offset and sequestration) funding
• increased agricultural productivity
• creation of clean energy and value added products sector, from green waste

GLOBAL HEALTH:
• improved indoor air quality
• improved food security
• improved water quality
• improved green and animal waste handling

CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE:
• improved soil tilth, water handling, nutrient cycling and productivity
• reduced fertilizer leaching
• reduced methane and NO2 emissions from ag. activities
• biochar is a long lasting carbon sink for carbon taken from the CO2 cycle, thus it is a major “wedge” strategy for the reduction of atmoshperic CO2 levels
• reduced deforestation, due to redirected and/or more efficient fuel cycles
• reduced desertification, through (anthropogenic) soil building
• brown field soil remediation

EDUCATION:
• biochar/stove program development support
• biochar plot testing
• training trainers on the use and potential of gassification
technology (stoves to village energy production)

With the support of the Global Washington community, we will work to make SeaChar.Org a resource for experienced partners seeking to build positive, sustainable infrastructure world wide. SeaChar is currently working with Agros International to evaluate the requirements for a successful biochar development project in rural Central America.