Our Commitment to Climate Resiliance

Why Focus on Climate Resilience?

Climate resilience is the ability of communities to:

  • Absorb the stresses of climate change – those already underway – that threaten their health, livelihoods, and security
  • Adopt more sustainable systems to cope with future climate change impacts

In addition, women are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than men, so it is important to identify gender-sensitive strategies that can reduce the environmental and humanitarian tragedies caused by global warming. 

We view this as climate justice and a right to development.

Our Commitment to Climate Resilience 

Miller Center has worked with more than 570 social enterprises, of which more than 50% provide solutions — in clean water, energy, health, and sustainable rural development sectors — aimed at coping with climate change disruptions. 

Partnering with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC)

Since 2014, GACC and Miller Center have partnered to support the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels through the development of clean cookstove entrepreneurs in the GSBI Accelerator and GSBI Online programs, and through several GSBI Boost workshops. This year, 50% of the GACC awards went to Miller Center GSBI Alumni. 

Miller Center GSBI Alumni Partner with GSBF Action Research

Global Social Benefit Fellows work side-by-side with social enterprises focused on climate resilience. 


Protecting & Restoring Our Oceans
Miller Center hosts oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and Jonathan Knowles, Explorer-in-Residence at Autodesk, Inc. at Santa Clara University. We discuss what we can do to protect our oceans and marine life against climate change.  

Social Enterprises Building Climate Resilience
Solar Sister provides access to clean energy, while simultaneously providing a way for women in isolated communities to earn additional income through the sales and distribution of solar lanterns and clean cookstoves. Solar Sister is a superb example of how climate resilience and women rising are inter-related. 

Coffee-dence? TEDx SCU Thinks About the Paradigm Shift

Kreiner explores some of the largest social problems affecting the world's most impoverished communities. Addressing staggering global poverty statistics and demographic transitions, he offers unique solutions to some of the most significant economic challenges facing the global community.


Some of Our Work with Climate Resilience Social Entrepreneurs

Photo Credit: Operation Asha

Photo Credit: Operation Asha

Operation ASHA
Tuberculosis is one of many diseases that is likely to spread as a result of climate change. Two Global Social Benefit Fellows traveled to Cambodia – which has the highest rate of TB infection in the world – to work with Operation ASHA, an organization that has treated more than 32,000 patients through a last-mile delivery service model. Their research focuses on the ways that Operation ASHA could grow its TB treatment program.

Photo Credit: Nokero

Photo Credit: Nokero

Clean Energy: 
Energy Map

Our goal is to better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions. This map contains data from sustainable energy social enterprises around the world.

Photo credit: Naandi Community Water Services

Photo credit: Naandi Community Water Services

Clean water:
Naandi Community Water Services
Over 1600 children die each day in India due to causes related to contaminated drinking water. NCWS provides access to safe drinking water to underserved communities by dispersing 100,000 liters of water every day through its community water centers.