Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator
Climate Justice

We’re scaling solutions to strengthen climate resilience. Get your technology into the hands of those who need it most.

Climate Justice

Acknowledges that climate impacts are felt differently across communities, and aims to ensure that no one shoulders an unequal burden. Climate change effects everyone, but those with limited resources are the first to feel it.

While next-generation technology has become key to slowing and stopping climate change, it’s been underutilized to support solutions for Americans most exposed to climate risk. We believe that needs to change. With our leading edge technology, and your support, we can help communities weather the changing climate, and take steps towards climate justice together.

We are seeking solutions that help communities build resilience and thrive as the climate changes, especially populations with systemic challenges related to race, gender, disability, income, immigration status, or age.  

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Meet our advisory board

Meet the industry leaders who are helping shape our program.

Reid Hamilton

Founder Institute,
Toronto Stock Exchange,
& NYC Innovation Collective

SaLisa Berrien

COI Energy

Kat Zigmont

World Institute on Disability

Serena Shi

The Lightsmith Group

Sarah Shanley Hope

The Solutions Project

Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome

Empowering a Green
Environment and Economy, LLC

Program
Goals/
Stages

  • User Representative & Community Research
  • Ecosystem Mapping
  • Strategy & Value Proposition
  • Branding & Communications
  • Business Pitching
  • Climate Justice
  • User Testing
  • Product Roadmapping & Success Tracking
  • Scaling & GTM
  • Financials
  • Fundraising
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Areas of focus

Startups working on early stage solutions that leverage technology to support vulnerable communities in any of the following sectors are encouraged to apply.

Agriculture, forestry &  fishing
Cleantech
Manufacturing
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation
Transportation
Food & shelter
Internet Communications Technology
Mapping and imaging
Data solutions
Financial and insurance
Administrative and support service activities
Human health & safety

How vulnerable communities feel the impacts of climate change:

  • Lack of Voice in Decision-Making
  • Limited Access to Healthcare, Finance & Transportation
  • Inadequate Local Infrastructure
  • Limited Opportunity to Regain or Maintain Employment
  • Limited Physical Mobility
  • Reliance on Caregivers / Limited Autonomy
  • Less Access to Community Resources & Education

By creating solutions that further climate justice we can protect:

  • Agricultural productivity & food security
  • Physical infrastructure, property & critical services
  • The quality and security of our water supply
  • Our crops from pests, vector borne, and water borne diseases
  • Human health and livelihood
  • Our shared home

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