Solar Sister announced that it won Gold for the Best Service in Sustainability, Environment, and Climate category at the first Anthem Awards.
In association with The Webby Awards, the Anthem Awards “honors the purpose and mission-driven work of people, organizations, and companies worldwide”. The awards set a new bar for impactful activities that encourage people to act in their own communities by “amplifying the voices that inspire global change”.
Solar Sisters’ goal is to eliminate energy poverty through women’s sustainable energy business and climate change leadership. A network of women-led distribution companies aims to tackle interconnected issues including gender equality, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, and climate change.
Solar Sister also equips rural women with the tools they need to participate in climate action through local, field-based staff who recruit, train, and assist these women entrepreneurs in providing solar and clean cooking solutions to off-grid communities.
“We are thrilled to be recognized among the inaugural Anthem Awards as a Gold Winner in the Sustainability, Environment, & Climate Service category!” said Solar Sister CEO Katherine Lucey. “Opening up economic opportunity for women and honoring their wisdom and agency has a positive impact on the women, their families, their communities, and even the world at large. Solar Sister invests in women’s leadership and enterprise in off-grid communities. By engaging with women who deeply understand their communities, Solar Sister reaches people who have been missed by business-as-usual energy models.”
In 2023, the Solar Sister initiative aims to assist over 10,000 women in establishing clean energy businesses that reach more than 10 million people. Solar Sister’s primary objectives are women’s economic empowerment, clean energy access for underserved last-mile communities, gender equity, and climate change.
Solar Sister currently has over 6,700 entrepreneurs who have distributed over 2.9 million people with clean energy and has offset emissions equivalent to more than 908,394 tons of carbon dioxide. In addition, Solar Sister is building cutting-edge data sets designed to assist women working in last-mile communities to find people who need clean energy the most.
“It is our distinct honor to recognize the work that brands, organizations, and individuals are all making to create an impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, Managing Director, The Anthem Awards. “We launched this platform to show the world that all corners of our culture, from sports and entertainment to business leaders and celebrities, are all standing up to say it is time for systemic change and that social good is what we value as a society.”
The first annual Anthem Voices conference is slated to take place on February 28, 2022. The virtual event will honor the Anthem Awards winners, which will be followed by a star-studded virtual Awards Show. Fans can listen to social impact leaders during the daytime and watch the show at www.anthemawards.com. The show will feature memorable moments and speeches from the winners.
The Anthem Awards was created in response to the growing attention on social good within the global discourse. Almost 2,500 nominations from 36 countries were received for the inaugural competition. A part of program revenue will be used to establish a new grant program that supports creative individuals and groups wishing to advance the issues showcased in the first Anthem Awards.
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences picks the winners of the Anthem Award. The members include:
- Daniel Dae Kim (actor, producer, and activist).
- Ashley Judd (Author, Actor, and Social Justice Humanitarian).
- Mitchell Baker (CEO and chairwoman, Mozilla).
- Lisa Sherman (president and CEO, Ad Council), Sarah Kate Ellis (president and CEO, GLAAD).
- Renata Erlikhman (chief investment officer, OW Management).
- Shayla Tait (director of philanthropy, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation).
- Russlynn Ali (CEO and co-founder, XQ Institute).
- Marc Ecko (chief commercial officer and board member, XQ Institute).
- Heidi Arthur (chief campaign development officer, Ad Council).
- Alexis M. Herman (chair and chief executive officer, New Ventures, and former U.S. secretary of labor).