NEW YORK--()--The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) announced the launch of The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources today at the start of its eighth Annual Meeting in New York City. The foundation was formed to address the growing health and environmental crisis caused by billions of tons of waste produced worldwide.
“By providing vital information to all stakeholders, The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources hopes to catalyze improved waste management systems — and in doing so, stimulate lasting social, environmental and economic development”
“Fair and sound waste management is a human right,” said Jill Boughton, who will serve as the foundation’s chief executive officer.
The foundation’s first effort will be to create an interactive map and data base of global waste sites & systems. In developing regions, the most prevalent form of waste management is open dumping, with an estimated 50 to 80 percent of municipal waste budgets directed toward collection and only a fraction directed toward disposal.
To map out these sites, The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources will create an interactive global map of waste management systems that will identify key locations of significant amounts of waste around the world. Focusing on these mapped out areas, the foundation will then bring together stakeholders in the waste management sector, including waste pickers, developers and governments, to create solutions and begin converting waste into valuable resources.
“By providing vital information to all stakeholders, The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources hopes to catalyze improved waste management systems — and in doing so, stimulate lasting social, environmental and economic development,” said Boughton.
Boughton will assume her new role as CEO on January 1, 2013 after retiring from a successful career at Procter & Gamble, where she had a distinguished track record in game-changing innovation and market initiatives. Most recently, Boughton led a corporate-wide effort known as “Waste to Worth,” which is dedicated to delivering on P&G’s long-term sustainability goal of eliminating consumer solid waste that is sent to landfills.
About The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources
The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings an innovative, conceptual framework to issues related to waste management. Our global team of partners includes Esri, the leading GIS provider, and D-Waste, a subsidiary of EPEM and a global waste management consulting firm. The Foundation for Sustainable WasteResources is an initiative of the Cason Family Foundation, which is a commitment maker for the Clinton Global Initiative for years 2010 and 2012. For more information, visit www.WasteResources.org.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.