CSR Minute: eBay Foundation Awards $250K to Social Entrepreneurs Through Ashoka Changemakers and The Opportunity Project; Canada Post Reports Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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CSR Minute: eBay Foundation Awards $250K to Social Entrepreneurs Through Ashoka Changemakers and The Opportunity Project; Canada Post Reports Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:15am

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The eBay Foundation, in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers and The Opportunity Project, has awarded $250,000 to social entrepreneurs. Five winners of the Powering Economic Opportunity competition will receive $50,000 each. The winning ventures were chosen from 900 proposals from 83 countries as five of the world’s best market-based innovations. Among the winners were Nuru Energy to Empower, which provides affordable, clean, and safe functional lighting to rural households in India and East Africa, and Twin Cities Rise!, a skills training program for Minnesota’s Twin Cities’ residents.

Canada Post has reported a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Its fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility report shows that the corporation reduced emissions from its fleet by five percent and of its buildings by three percent. The drop was attributed to the purchase of 30 alternative-fuel vehicles as well as the LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—Silver certification for two of its buildings.
 
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