IBM Canada’s CSR Leader Invites Canadian Nonprofits to Apply for IBM’s New Global Sustainability Accelerator
IBM launched the IBM Sustainability Acceleratora global environmental program that applies IBM technologies, such as hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence, and an ecosystem of experts, to helping nonprofits and government organizations scale environmental solutions.
With this program, IBM says it aims to improve the operations of nonprofit and government organizations focused on populations vulnerable to environmental threats, including climate change, extreme weather and pollution.
The company is looking to select five clean energy, non-profit and government organizations from around the world for the first cohort. Responses to the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) can be made through the submission portal here. Proposals must be submitted by April 30 and the cohort will be announced in October 2022, Jen Roynon, IBM Canada’s head of corporate social responsibility (CSR), said Computer World Canada.
“We have some very strong organizations in Canada working on climate conservation or sustainability or clean energy that I think could really help some of the vulnerable populations across Canada. So I just encourage those organizations to apply and would love to get some great proposals from them,” Roynon said.
The IBM Sustainability Accelerator will provide support to each selected organization for two years in a two-phase approach, she said.
Phase I: Accelerator engagements will begin with the IBM Garage, IBM’s methodology for applying design thinking and agile techniques to accelerate meaningful innovation and drive lasting culture change. During this process, IBM experts will work with the recipient organization to identify their needs and establish a clear roadmap to design, develop, deploy and continually improve the technology to help solve specific public challenges.
Phase II: In a second phase, IBM’s cross-industry experts will configure IBM resources and technology designed to help participants achieve their community and environmental impact goals. Some of the technologies that will be applied will include IBM Watson, IBM Cloud, and Environmental Intelligence Suite, among others. Additionally, IBM Sustainability Accelerator recipient organizations will receive monthly IBM Cloud credits, weather data credits, mentorship, and access to the IBM partner ecosystem. IBM experts will also support pilot deployments of solutions to help facilitate optimal implementation, extend long-term impact and drive key societal outcomes.
Last year, IBM says it conducted a pilot project with three inaugural IBM Sustainability Accelerator participants. These organizations started their projects focused on sustainable agriculture and successfully completed their Phase I last December.
- The Nature Conservancy India: The Nature Conservancy India is building a public information platform to help eliminate the burning of crop residues in northern India in pursuit of its goal to improve agricultural sustainability, public health and help reduce the impact of climate change in India.
- International Heifer: Heifer International is working with IBM to develop scalable and affordable digital solutions designed to equip farmers’ cooperatives in Malawi with weather and crop yield forecasts to help them increase their yields and income.
- Plan21 Foundation for Sustainable Human Development: Plan21 helps smallholder farmers in Latin America to manage their crops more sustainably, with the aim of increasing their productivity and incomes, and contributing to consumer awareness and the development of more responsible markets.
“We believe the power of science, technology and innovation can help solve environmental problems while serving vulnerable communities exposed to environmental risks,” said Justina Nixon, vice president of corporate social responsibility. companies and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) at IBM. “By combining expertise and technology with the aim of improving the lives of those most affected by environmental threats, we have the potential to have a lasting and scalable impact.”