Clinton Foundation CEO Kevin Thurm provides updates on the work of the Foundation’s programs.
Highlights from the week of August 6, 2018:
- Last Tuesday, President Clinton convened the second formal meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, bringing together more than 350 leaders from government, business, and civil society to make commitments to help communities impacted by last year’s devastating hurricane season. Seven new Commitments to Action were announced at the meeting. To read more about them, please click here. For President Clinton’s remarks at the meeting in Miami, see below. Press coverage of the meeting included articles from WLRN, CBS Miami, and Caribbean Business.
- After last week’s CGI Action Network meeting, President Clinton traveled to Saint Lucia where he, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, other local leaders, and Jose Maria Figueres, member of the Board of Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), opened a historic 3 MW solar project facilitated by the Clinton Climate Initiative and RMI. This is the first utility-scale renewable energy project on an island currently over 99% powered by diesel. To see more from Saint Lucia, click here.
- On Friday, President Clinton joined Governor Kenneth Mapp, Bloomberg LP co-founder Tom Secunda, and representatives from Expedia in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) to announce a new commitment by Expedia, in partnership with Tom Secunda and Bloomberg Philanthropies, Construction for Change, and the Sextant Foundation, to solarize three sites in the USVI — two schools in Saint John and the Family Resource Center for victims of domestic abuse in Saint Thomas. To see more from USVI, click here. Coverage from Saint Lucia included articles from Loop and St. Lucia News. Press coverage from USVI included articles from the Virgin Islands Consortium and the St. John Source.
Together with the @ClintonFdn and @Expedia, we are proud to help accelerate the recovery with innovative solutions" – @Bloomberg Co-Founder Tom Secunda on the journey to accelerate renewable energy in the USVI & the Caribbean. https://t.co/X9r2yT07ZN
- As part of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) community transformation efforts nationwide, two milestones from last week include:
A convening of youth representatives in San Diego who have been in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems to provide direction on how CHMI’s “Strong Families, Thriving Communities” coalition of partners can improve the services and resources provided to children and families in the region. They also began the process of drafting a “bill of rights” — a set of foundational principles focused on providing trauma-informed and empathetic care — that they will work with CHMI to secure adoption within the county’s network of nonprofit and public agency service providers.
A virtual discussion on employee health improvement with a cohort of businesses from Knox County, Illinois. During the discussion, CHMI highlighted tools on creating a culture of health in the workplace. Local businesses also had the opportunity to share how they are successfully implementing CHMI’s Employee Health Improvement Toolkit. As part of this effort, businesses are creating wellness teams that are identifying needs of employees and implementing programs that will increase water intake, provide opportunities to be active in team sports, walking meetings, and hosting a wellness conference in the local community.
- CGI University (CGI U) hosted its summer kickoff for its inaugural cohort of Alumni Ambassadors at the Clinton Foundation office in New York City. CGI U’s 53 Alumni Ambassadors are program alums from the past ten years who serve as representatives of CGI U and assist in engagement and recruitment efforts. During the summer kickoff, Alumni Ambassadors had a chance to connect with fellow ambassadors and CGI U staff, learn more about CGI U’s program offerings throughout the year, and brainstorm ways to build stronger connections and support the ongoing work of CGI U’s approximately 10,000 alumni worldwide.
- The Clinton Presidential Center (CPC) celebrated the upcoming school year with its annual Educators’ Reception. Teachers from around the state attended and received a preview of the exhibits and educational programs that the CPC will offer throughout the 2018–2019 school year. Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore and Dr. Janice Warren, assistant superintendent of the Pulaski County District, attended the event and encouraged teachers to utilize the many CPC educational resources.
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