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About the Global Footprint Network
Our mission is to promote a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological
Footprint, a measurement tool that makes the reality of planetary limits
relevant to decision-makers.
William E. Rees
M S Swaminathan
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Herman E. Daly
for Social Entrepreneurship awarded to Global Footprint Network's Founders
Susan Burns and Mathis Wackernagel
We are thrilled to announce that Global Footprint Network is the recipient of a three-year, $1,015,000 matching grant award from the
Skoll Foundation. Global Footprint Network is one of only 10 organizations, honored with the
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a prize presented by the Foundation to recognize the most innovative and effective approaches to resolving critical social issues. Global Footprint Network's founders,
Susan Burns and
Mathis Wackernagel, join a prestigious group of entrepreneurs who are working around the world on issues that have a global impact.
"Mathis Wackernagel and Susan Burns are tremendous additions to the community of Skoll entrepreneurs. They have demonstrated those key characteristics of successful social entrepreneurs: inspiration, creativity, direct action, courage and fortitude," said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the
Skoll Foundation. "Like all the organizations in our portfolio, Global Footprint Network is tackling a complex social problem with a sustainable, scalable solution. We believe their work has the potential for transformational benefit in the area of ecological sustainability, and we're honored to support their continued commitment to systemic change."
We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our 75
partner organizations, our donors, and our dedicated
staff and volunteers who have worked so hard over the past 3 years to achieve the significant progress that we have. This grant marks a new chapter in our organization's history, allowing us to build the foundation necessary to achieve 'Ten-in-Ten:' institutionalizing the Ecological Footprint in at least ten key nations by 2015. With this investment from the Skoll Foundation we will:
Building a sustainable society will require new economic, social and technological innovations as we learn to live well on a smaller Footprint. We are honored to have the support of Skoll Foundation as we move toward a future where everyone can live well within the means of nature.
- Build worldwide commitment to ending overshoot by expanding our partner network to include new national governments and international agencies;
- Give governments the tools to make ecological limits central to decision-making by supporting core research and improvements to National Footprint Accounts for 152 nations; and
- Increase the comparability and quality of Footprint applications everywhere by developing the next generation of methodological standards.
Susan and Mathis are formally accepting the award at a special ceremony on March 28 at the
Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University.