Mary’s Place Opens Washington State’s Largest Family Shelter Within Amazon’s Seattle HQ Amid COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Mary’s Place and Amazon announced that the Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade, a one-of-a-kind, permanent family shelter built inside an Amazon office building with capacity for up to 200 moms, dads, and children experiencing homelessness each night, is now open. The shelter, which began housing families at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, is expected to support more than 1,000 family members per year. Mary’s Place Family Center in The Regrade increased Mary’s Place’s overall shelter capacity in King County by 40%. It is the largest…

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Amazon Commits $10 Million to Restore and Conserve in Partnership with The Nature Conservancy

Amazon has announced a $10 million grant to conserve, restore, and support sustainable forestry, wildlife and nature-based solutions across the Appalachian Mountains, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Nature-based solutions refer to the sustainable management and use of nature for tackling challenges such as removing carbon from the atmosphere to slow climate change and helping maintain water and food security, biodiversity protection, human health, and disaster risk management. This funding will initially support projects in Pennsylvania and Vermont that will help family forest owners sequester carbon and support expansion across…

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Amazon Continues Renewable Energy Investments with Wind and Solar Projects in Australia, Europe, and the US

Amazon has announced four new renewable energy projects in Australia, Spain, Sweden, and the US that further support Amazon’s commitment to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 on path to net zero carbon by 2040. Amazon is investing globally to enable new renewable energy projects as the company works towards net zero carbon by 2040. Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Australia is a 60 megawatt (MW) solar project anticipated to come online in 2021 in northern New South Wales. Once complete, the project…

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Amazon Donates 8,200 Laptops to Seattle Public School Elementary Families, Helping to Close the “Continuous Learning” Gap for All Students Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Seattle Public Schools, the Alliance for Education, and Amazon have  announced that a donation by Amazon to supply 8,200 laptops to students will help close the gap in Seattle Public Schools’ continuous learning plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon’s permanent, direct to student donation, valued over $2 million, meets the estimated need for elementary students and will help toward the goal of providing all SPS students with access to a device while at home so they can participate in those parts of continuous learning that call for online access. This…

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Amazon Announces First-Ever ‘Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Awards’

Amazon has announced the first-ever Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year Awards to honor and recognize seven all-star teachers and their schools working diligently to help students in underserved and underrepresented communities build life-changing skills to propel their futures in computer science–with prize packages valued at more than $25,000. The more than 2,400 teachers participating in the Amazon Future Engineer Program at over 2,100 schools nationwide can be nominated or apply at AmazonFutureEngineer.com from February 13th to March 12th. Amazon Future Engineer inspires, educates, and prepares hundreds of thousands…

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