Aclima Recognized in Two Categories for Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards

The climate tech company named a finalist in the sixth annual awards alongside top innovators working to solve today’s most pressing challenges.

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Aclima, the pioneer in hyperlocal air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and analysis, is proud to announce it has been named a finalist for two categories this month in Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards: Energy (for its natural gas leak detection technology), and Company of the Year.


CEO and Co-Founder Davida Herzl started Aclima to quantify block-by-block emissions and their impacts at a scale and resolution never before possible. Now, Aclima’s database of localized air quality measurements — the largest of its kind in the world — and advanced analytics software Aclima Pro, are empowering government, industry, and communities to take bold climate action that reduces emissions, improves public health, and ensures equal access to clean air.


Its hardware and software technology platform translates billions of scientific measurements from its network of stationary and roving sensors into environmental intelligence. The company has achieved extensive scientific validation at every stage of its development, including through peer-reviewed publications and a unique 10-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Customers include major state and local governments, and global companies spanning industries from energy to search. Additionally, Aclima has been Google’s global partner for measuring air quality with Street View vehicles since 2015 — a partnership that has produced a massive dataset of millions of hyperlocal air pollution and GHG measurements, which are available to the scientific community.


“I’m incredibly proud of my team for being recognized among the world’s most innovative companies and for creating technology that will benefit the lives of millions,” Herzl said. “We’re driven by the urgent need to curb climate-changing emissions at the source and reduce their harmful impacts on communities today, all while supporting an accelerated transition to clean energy.”   


Now in its sixth year, the World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 39 winners, 350 finalists, and

more than 600 honorable mentions — with climate, social justice, and AI and data among the most popular categories. A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,997 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, health, social justice, and more. In addition, several new categories have been added this year including climate, nature, water, and workplace. The 2022 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Australia.


Other winners were honored for their efforts in creating clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises. 


About Aclima

Aclima is building a global platform for local climate action that provides unprecedented transparency into emissions and their impacts. Powered by Aclima’s ground-based Earth observation network of roving and stationary sensors, the platform measures greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution with block-level resolution and at scales never before possible. Aclima software and advanced analytics translate billions of measurements into environmental intelligence for governments, industry, and communities taking bold climate action. A Public Benefit Corporation, Aclima is committed to protecting public health, reducing climate-changing emissions, and ensuring equal access to clean air. Aclima has mapped over 150 cities and has active deployments across CA, NY, and major global cities in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.


For more information please visit https://aclima.io.


About the World Changing Ideas Awards

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With the goals of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all.

 

Lidia Szczepanowski, Recent Winner of World Top Model™ Competition, Recognized as a Woman of the Month by P.O.W.E.R.

 Lidia Szczepanowski of Dix Hills, New York, selected as World Top Model Ms. 2022 in February, has been recognized as a Woman of the Month for March 2022 by P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) for her outstanding achievements and contributions in the fields of law, business, journalism and beauty. Each month, P.O.W.E.R. features women to represent their professions and industries due to their expertise and success in their chosen specialty.

About Lidia Szczepanowski

Attorney, entrepreneur, women’s advocate, speaker, and beauty queen Lidia Szczepanowski began her journey as the child of working class Polish immigrants. Overcoming many personal and economic hardships, she refused to accept adversity as an excuse to settle for second best. Today she’s living a remarkable life filled with countless personal and professional accomplishments and is dedicated to helping others. Lidia exemplifies the real-life embodiment of the words “success, independence, entrepreneurship and glamour.” She has acquired a plethora of knowledge over the years in her roles as a litigation attorney, business strategist, entrepreneur, media producer and host, keynote speaker, black belt in karate, and international beauty queen. Most importantly, she is passionate about “giving back” through proactive “hands-on” participation in philanthropy and philanthropic activities.

Philanthropy and playing an active role in the improvement of the human condition have long been Lidia’s most consuming motivations. In 2007, she founded the National Organization for Women’s Safety Awareness (NOWSA), a not-for-profit that helps raise awareness about the frequency of sexual assault and other forms of violence and harassment against women and teens in our society and initiates calls to action that help stop it. The charity focuses on education and advocating for social change through educational outreach programs, awareness initiatives and events. www.TheNOWSA.org.

Lidia’s 30 plus years of legal expertise has a well-deserved reputation of excellence, and she provides smart, high-quality, and sensible legal and business solutions to new businesses, innovators, and entrepreneurs. www.AskLidiaTheLawyer.com. Lidia has appeared in numerous media outlets as a legal and personal safety expert and entrepreneurial consultant and has been a keynote speaker for educational institutions and other organizations. In addition to her winning record as a lawyer, black belt, women’s lifestyle and personal safety expert, and entrepreneur, Lidia has also managed to incorporate some glamour into her life. She holds the titles of Mrs. New York America 2006, Mrs. New York International 2009, Mrs. Corporate America 2013, Ms. World Elite 2017, and this February she won the coveted title of World Top Model Ms. 2022 at the World Top Model Competition presented by Beauty It’s Everywhere LLC.

When asked why she vied for the title of World Top Model™, Lidia said, “In the spirit of a speech made by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910, I want to be the woman ‘in the arena.’ I purposely choose to participate in situations that require courage, skill, confidence, or tenacity, as opposed to sitting on the sidelines and watching. This brings me joy. I want to appreciate every moment of my life, be grateful for all the people I meet along the way, and embrace as many experiences and opportunities that are presented to me, especially those that address social issues and ideologies I feel strongly about like women’s equality, safety, and empowerment.”

Recently, Lidia has also won the prestigious “FABcon Top 100 FAB (fashion, apparel, beauty) Leaders Award,” she was selected twice by the Long Island Business News as one of “Long Island’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business,” she was presented the “Woman of Distinction” Award from the New York State Assembly, the “Best Corporate Communicator” Award by the Fair Media Council and she was selected as “Women of the Year 2021” by Model Citizens Magazine. She also volunteers her time as legal counsel for several charities. She is currently the Director of Marketing for the New York Boutique Lawyers Networking Group (NYBLNG), and she sits on the Advisory Board of The Future Connoisseurs.

Lidia is also the owner of Everything Lidia, Inc., a multi-platform luxe lifestyle enterprise that is devoted to providing practical and thought-provoking information, insights, and ideas through seminars, including “Stylish Safety” awareness programs, speaking engagements, social and other media offerings and products which encourage women to live even more successful, fulfilling, confident, safe, and glamorous lives. Everything Lidia, Inc. offerings also include the award-winning and patented SCULPTURA® (Sculpt-It-Your-Way) Shapewear clothing line with removable curve enhancing accessories which concept is a physical manifestation of the decades of unique experiences and useful information Lidia picked up along the way. www.SculpturaFashions.com

Using her growing celebrity status, extensive legal background, vast business and leadership skills, practical marketing, management and public relations knowledge, Lidia strives to make a difference in people’s lives. It is her mission to motivate others to realize their true self-worth and reach their maximum achievement potential while enjoying the ride and attaining genuine happiness.

For more information about Lidia, contact info@EverythingLidia.com or visit www.EverythingLidia.com.

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GM Recognized as a Founding Donor of the National Museum of the American Latino



Today, General Motors announced a $3 million donation to the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first dedicated museum space celebrating the U.S. Latino experience. The Molina Family Latino Gallery will serve as the provisional National Museum of the American Latino.


The funding will support national educational programs for youth who have limited access to robust STEM learning opportunities, some of which will take place at the Learning Lounge inside the Molina Family Latino Gallery. This programming will engage the community, enhance lifelong learning, and increase awareness and access to their collections and resources in the arts, humanities and STEM. The Lounge will also offer intergenerational literacy and bilingual online resources focused on history and the arts.


“GM is committed to being part of long-term, sustainable improvement in education, health, economic opportunities and policy in our communities,” said Telva McGruder, GM chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “Teaming up with organizations like the Smithsonian that educate, expand horizons and honor legacy aligns with our commitment to a more equitable future.”


The Learning Lounge and the Molina Family Latino Gallery will open to visitors in spring 2022.


“The Smithsonian Latino Center is grateful for the contribution made by General Motors, which will help us bring to life a space dedicated to preserving and paying homage to the historical and cultural legacy of Latinos in the U.S.,” said Eduardo Díaz, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center. “Latinos are an integral part of U.S. society, and we are proud to work with organizations such as GM that are supporting the creation of a space that will feature and honor their dynamic stories at a national level.”


GM will continue to make investments that support equity in diverse communities. Through the Justice and Inclusion Fund, for example, GM has supported 20 nonprofit organizations and served more than 2.7 million people since 2020, with the goal of driving generational impact.


To learn more about GM’s inclusion, equity, diversity, and community investments, visit GM.com.


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General Motors announces a donation to the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first dedicated museum space celebrating the U.S. Latino experience. The Molina Family Latino Gallery will serve as the provisional National Museum of the American Latino. Rendering courtesy of the Smithsonian Latino Center.


General Motors (NYSE:GM) is a global company focused on advancing an all-electric future that is inclusive and accessible to all. At the heart of this strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles. General Motors, its subsidiaries and its joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety and security services, can be found at https://www.gm.com.

Canada – Canadian recognized for their volunteer contributions to Veterans

Canadians have many reasons to show gratitude to our Veterans. Whether for the freedoms and peace that we enjoy at home today, or for the peace they helped establish and maintain around the world.

9 November 2021 – Ottawa, ON – Veterans Affairs Canada

Canadians have many reasons to show gratitude to our Veterans. Whether for the freedoms and peace that we enjoy at home today, or for the peace they helped establish and maintain around the world. Recognizing these contributions, many Canadians dedicate time and effort to commemorate Veterans and their service.  

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to the following Eastern-Ontario resident in recognition of their contributions in service to Canada’s Veterans:

Alexandra de Quimper, Curran, ON

Since its creation in 2001, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation has been awarded each year to deserving Canadians who have improved the care and well-being of our Veterans, or honoured the sacrifices they have made. Close to 1,200 individuals from across provinces and territories have been awarded the Commendation over the past two decades.

“The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is the highest honour I can bestow upon those who have served and continue to serve Canada’s Veterans. Their work is vitally important, and I am honoured to be presenting this award to a hard working individual who has gone the extra mile to support our Veterans. We are extremely grateful for all of their volunteer efforts.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Canada – Canadian recognized for their volunteer efforts in helping Veterans

Canadians have many reasons to show gratitude to our Veterans. Whether for the freedoms and peace that we enjoy at home today, or for the peace they helped establish and maintain around the world.

9 November 2021 – Ottawa, ON – Veterans Affairs Canada

Canadians have many reasons to show gratitude to our Veterans. Whether for the freedoms and peace that we enjoy at home today, or for the peace they helped establish and maintain around the world. Recognizing these contributions, many Canadians dedicate time and effort to commemorate Veterans and their service.  

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, awarded the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to the following Ontario resident in recognition of their contributions in service to Canada’s Veterans:

Brian James Patterson, OStJ – Newmarket, ON

Since its creation in 2001, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation has been awarded each year to deserving Canadians who have improved the care and well-being of our Veterans, or honoured the sacrifices they have made. Close to 1,200 individuals from across provinces and territories have been awarded the Commendation over the past two decades.

“For decades, during and after his own service ended, Brian Patterson has been relentless in his efforts to help other Veterans. Whether organizing donations of cellphones to homeless Veterans or volunteering with programs offering shelter for those experiencing homelessness, in addition to participating in many other initiatives, Brian is truly deserving of this recognition.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence