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Leading Partners

Earth Day Network (EDN). The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, EDN, the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, works year-round with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries. EDN’s goal is to build environmental democracy and to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement worldwide.

The U.S. Department of State Eco-Capitals Forum (ECF). The State department leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance. ECF is a global initiative to make diplomacy a vital driver of sustainable cities. As a partnership between the diplomatic community, city government, non-governmental organizations and local businesses, world-wide chapters of the ECF provides a unique platform for communities to come together for sustainability.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Wilson Center is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. Within the Wilson Center, the Citizen Science Global Partnership is a network-of-networks that seeks to promote and advance citizen science for a sustainable world.


Earth Day Network

Contact: Denice Zeck

Phone: (202) 355-8875

[email protected]

The Wilson Center

Contact: Anne Bowser

Phone: (202) 691-4031

[email protected]

U.S. Department of State

Contact: State GDI Team

[email protected]


Other Partners


Connect4Climate is a global communications program launched by the World Bank Group and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, that takes on climate change by supporting ambitious leadership, promoting transformative solutions and encouraging collective action. The Connect4Climate community brings together about 500 partners around the world including civil society groups, media networks, international organizations, academic institutions, youth groups, and the private sector.


The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a global organization—founded in 1973—providing collective voice, professional support, and programming opportunities for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and meaning of science in their lives. Science centers play a key role in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and often spark early curiosity in these fields that are so critical to the 21st century workforce. ASTC has more than 650 members in nearly 50 countries around the world. Our members reach over 95 million visitors each year and offer programs to inspire youth, train educators, and engage the public in science’s vital role in solving the crucial problems facing society and helping communities build towards an aspirational future.


Conservation X Labs (CXL) believes that the power to solve environmental challenges lies in

people everywhere. CXL is a 501c3 and Benefit Corporation that sources, develops, and scales

exponential technologies for conservation through open innovation and a for-profit

entrepreneurship financial model. We aim to dramatically improve the efficacy, cost, speed,

sustainability and scale of conservation efforts through various programs that engage and

incentivize a greater diversity and disciplines of solvers: Make for the Planet hackathons, global grand challenges, mass-collaboration of problem solving, and technology prizes in our Digital Makerspace.


EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, EarthEcho’s mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. EarthEcho’s programs have reached over 2 million people in 146 countries, and are developed for and by youth and the educators and community leaders that support them. All of our resources are designed to equip new generations of leaders and problem solvers to identify and tackle environmental challenges in their own communities and beyond.


The Hult Prize Foundation is the world’s largest engine for the creation and launch of market- based, SDG-aligned, sustainable, and impact-centered startups emerging from university, offering a grand prize of USD1 million. The year long, September to September program focuses on immersion based learning and converting typical job-seeking students into game-changing entrepreneurs world-wide.


NCSE advances the use of science to inform environmental policy and decision-making. NCSE programs include interdisciplinary research, scientific assessment, information dissemination, training and curriculum development. NCSE engages scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders and officials at all levels of government. NCSE is a non-profit organization established in 1990 and has a longstanding reputation for non-partisanship.


OGC is a non-profit international industry consortium of over 520 companies, government agencies, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly-available standards that enable the creation, discovery, and use of geospatial information. The vision of OGC is a world in which everyone benefits from the use of geospatial information and supporting technologies. OGC members are in the process of developing a common data model and standard, SWE For Citizen Science (Swe4cs), that will suitable for collecting and sharing citizen science data in a range of domains, and integrating citizen science data with information from professional research activities low cost sensors, research grade instruments, and Earth observations.


RESET is an international building standard and certification program for healthy buildings, as measured by sensors. Focused on quality, transparency and actionability of data, RESET sets global standards for air quality hardware (sensors), reporting software, as well as installation and maintenance. RESET is developed and administered by GIGA, an international organization that combines the development of building standards with cloud technology to increase the accessibility and impact of healthy buildings globally.


SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through providing people access to more than 2700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events. But more than just a project directory, SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to record contributions and access the tools and instruments needed to participate in citizen science projects like Earth Challenge 2020. Over 100,000 global citizen scientists are part of the SciStarter community.


The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.