Huxley Speaker Series 4/19/18: Amelia Taylor: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:01am

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 4:00pm

Location: AW-204

United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

To Achieve the Goals: The Role of Scientific Breakthroughs & The Role of Business – Three Examples

Amelia Taylor will provide an overview of UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and how these 17 goals are interconnected.

“This is the first period in history in which a single species has placed basic earth systems in danger. We are in a race against time to find new solutions for tackling climate change and protecting the environment while at the same time ending poverty and fighting inequalities.” United Nations

She will also discuss the role of Science Discoveries, the role of Business and the Shared Values initiative.

“The transformative power of science, innovation and technology is abundantly clear. We must take the necessary steps to ensure that the potential inherent in exponential technological innovations is unlocked to our advantage.” United Nations


Three Examples of Science, Business and the “Valley of Death”

UN Sustainable Development Goal # 2 – Zero Hunger

UN Sustainable Development Goal # 6 – Clean Water

UN Sustainable Development Goal # 7 – Affordable Clean Energy

Amelia Taylor
Senior Business Executive & Entrepreneur

As co-founder, advisor and CEO of early stage science companies, Amelia is working to advance the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Her current work focuses on developments in renewable energy, food security and clean water. As member of the Entrepreneurship Program within the College of Engineering at UCSB she has applied her 20+ years of business experience to assist dozens of researchers (from the fields of material science, nanotechnology and microfluidics) to craft commercialization paths for their discoveries.

Prior to working with science innovators, Amelia served in CEO, President and other senior executive positons at both publicly traded and private companies. She has successful transformed troubled companies into successful organizations by crafting a business model focused on a culture of shared leadership, customer satisfaction, innovation, continuous improvement and requirement for social good.

Amelia received a B.A. in accounting from Western Washington University, an MBA from Pepperdine University and has completed executive studies at Harvard Business School and Singularity University.


This talk is co-sponsored by Business and Sustainability (College of Business and Economics & Huxley College, WWU) 


The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment, at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Presentations are held each Thursday in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.

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