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Female Founders to Watch: Focused on Sustainability

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Eager to learn how tech is being used for good to improve the environment? Take a look at out our list of female founders focused on sustainability.

By Jessica Schimm (Editorial Assistant, Women 2.0) and Ayehsa Rizvi (Editorial Intern, Women 2.0)

Consumers around the world today are beginning to demand products and services that are not only high-quality, but also reduce their impact on the environment. This is why a strong commitment to sustainability is rapidly becoming an important part of modern business operating models. Below we’ve highlighted a few female founded companies that are focused on sustainability in terms of their company goals.

lesleyLesley Marincola (Founder & CEO, Angaza Design)
Angaza, a 2013 PITCH Winner, breaks down the cost of solar energy by allowing pay-as-you-go payments for energy systems sold in emerging markets like East Africa. Prior to Angaza, Maricola worked with the design team for the Amazon Kindle. She was listed in Forbes 2012 30 under 30.

lindseyLindsey Goodchild (Founder & CEO, GreengageMobile)
GreengageMobile encourages sustainable practices amongst employees at large companies and makes it easy for managers to track progress. Goodchild (@LindsGoodchild) received the Next Gen Entrepreneur Award and is on the board of Sustainable Travel International and the Icarus Foundation.

susanSusan Hunt Stevens (Founder, Practically Green)
Practically Green, which just raised $3M, uses technology to empower companies and their employees to live greener and healthier lives by montioring water, energy and health. Hunt Stevens’ son’s allergies inspired her to start the company. Follow her on Twitter at @huntstevens.

colleenimgColleen Legzdins (Founder & CTO, Axine Water Technologies)
Axine Water Technologies provides an affordable solution to the multi-billion dollar problem of treating industrial wastewater. Last month, the Vancouver-based company raised $5.6M. Legzdins is an engineer who previously held senior positions at hydrogen fuel cell pioneer, Ballard Power Systems and Ballard Material Products. Colleen has five published patent applications.

virginiaVirginia Klausmeier (Co-founder & CEO, Sylvatex)
Sylvatex is a fuel tech company that has developed a way to allow oil companies to produce cost-efficient, greener diesel fuel. Klausmeier is an active member of the San Francisco Biofuel Task force, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and Astia. She was recently featured as one of the Top 10 women of BioFuels.

Who are we missing?

Jess headshotJessica Schimm (@JessicaSchimm) is the assistant editor at Women 2.0. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State where she earned a B.A. in journalism and was the editor-in-chief of SF State’s Her Campus chapter. She has a strong interest in women’s topics and writes about them on her blog.

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 5.22.06 PMAyesha Rizvi (@arizvii) is an editorial intern at Women 2.0. She is a visual journalist with skills in multimedia and is currently pursuing a B.A in Journalism at San Francisco State University. She is particularly interested in women, technology & how both, when combined, can contribute to economic growth and stability in the developing world.