Sandra Kwak – Climate Justice through renewable energy access

In Making Waves Conversations by Mark Sylvester
 / 
12/15/2021

Climate Justice through renewable energy access.

Sandra Kwak, the CEO of 10Power, will explain their work with local partners to develop and finance commercial-scale solar projects in Haiti, making renewable energy affordable and accessible for tangible improvements in livelihood and prosperity. She views renewable energy as the key to providing access to clean water, gender empowerment, livelihood improvement, education, and technology. 10Power is a social impact enterprise that reinvests revenue to grow positive impact in the communities they serve.

Sandra Kwak

10Power Founder, and CEO

Sandra Kwak is CEO and Founder of social enterprise 10Power, providing renewable energy internationally in communities that lack access to electricity with a gender empowerment lens. She sees renewable energy as the key to providing clean water, creating livelihood improvements and forging a path for regenerative development – a concept explored in her TEDx talk “Fourth World Nation Building” (watch: bit.ly/4thWorld). She is an advisor at Indigenized Energy Initiative and also a Board member at the Foundation for Climate Restoration and a partner at ResilientMarkets, applying regenerative design principles to realize the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior, she worked with AutoGrid deploying big data for the smart grid to create Virtual Power Plants (VPPs). Sandra has a Sustainable MBA from Presidio Graduate School and BA from Emory University. She taught Race, Activism, and Climate Justice at San Francisco State University and has guest lectured at California College of the Arts and Stanford University. She loves creating harmonies for a future that is possible with The Sea Stars.


More Resources

Upcoming Salon Conversations

Image

Sheela Shenoi – The pandemic’s effects on global health

Feb 22, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Dr. Shenoi will review the covid19 pandemic’s trickle-down effect on other health conditions worldwide, including tuberculosis and HIV and noncommunicable diseases that plague our world.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Asude Altintas – Bringing Heart to Science Education

Mar 1, 2023 12:00 PM in Pacific Time
Asude will talk about the “double-winged” approach in education. She learned about this idea at YGA, an NGO in Turkey. They believe children need to be double-winged, competent, and compassionate to make a positive impact by using their minds and hearts together.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Sarah E. McDonald – Cancer: How we show up for others in crisis

Mar 29, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
At 44, Sarah McDonald was newly married, newly promoted, and planning pregnancy. It felt like a time of new beginnings when suddenly she was diagnosed with a rare, incurable cancer. Two months later, she was diagnosed with another unrelated cancer. In this conversation, we’ll explore how we show up, especially with many challenges in the past few years.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Jennifer Karapetian – Imprisoned in a web of trauma

Apr 19, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
Intergenerational trauma can lead to a perpetual cycle of substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, child abuse, interpersonal violence, and other criminal behavior. We can break the cycle of intergenerational trauma through greater access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, education, and community awareness.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Matthew Chang – A Teen Climate Activist’s Perspective on the Cumulative Power of Action

May 17, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
At first glance, an innocuous cold email may not seem like a powerful seed of change. But for Matthew, it has led to a climate movement and years of public service.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk
Image

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD – The Long Road to Awareness: Breaking down barriers in long covid research

May 31, 2023 04:00 PM in Pacific Time
There is irrefutable data on the underpinnings of post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (aka Long COVID). However, despite the burgeoning research on the topic, it has taken some time for the medical community and the general public to recognize the existence and severity of Long Covid.
Speaker bio & Register for this talk