It’s Earth Day and we have lots of environmental sustainability-related updates from the tech industry.
We also recognize that it’s been a heavy week for those of us who followed the Derek Chauvin trial. Despite the glimmer of accountability, news from Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina reminds us that there is much more work to do. #Black Lives Matter
Tech for Good Updates
- 408 companies, including Amazon, Apple, eBay, Etsy, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Verizon signed an open letter to President Biden indicating their support for the administration’s commitment to climate action, and for setting a federal climate target to reduce emissions
- Amazon announced nine clean energy projects and pledged to power the company with 100% renewable energy by 2025
- Apple announced the Restore Fund to accelerate natural solutions to climate change
- Expedia opened up its headquarters’ kitchens to help feed families experiencing food insecurity
- Facebook announced that it reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 94% in 2020
- Google Earth’s new 3D time-lapse feature lets you observe the devastating effects of climate change from 1984 to 2020
- Microsoft added new features to Outlook to help combat meeting fatigue
Individual Actions & Distractions
- Volunteer for Earth Day at Washington Park Arboretum
- Hear the business case for disability inclusion
- Apply to be a Community Leadership Institute Fellow
- Attend YWCA’s 10th Annual Stand Against Racism
- Help Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods improve their website
- Share your Seattle Histories
- Celebrate Black leaders with this cool deck of cards
- Listen to nature sounds to alleviate stress
- Watch the cutest B-Boy battle ever — watch till the end for the clear winner
- Washington State is doubling its daily vaccine goal as variants and cases rise and inequities persist
- King County launched an in-home vaccination program for those for whom leaving home is a challenge
- The Washington House approved a new tax on capital gains, it still needs Senate approval
- The Legislature passed a bill to require law enforcement officers to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force
- Northgate Link is opening on October 2
sea.citi is excited to sponsor Future of Cities at the Crosscut Festival
Friday, May 7th, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 7th, 3:00 p.m.
The pandemic has changed how we live — and want to live. For some this has meant leaving the city and others insist we must redefine urban living, practically and philosophically. Richard Florida, founder of CityLab and author of the recent book The New Urban Crisis, shares his thoughts on this pivotal moment for Seattle, and cities around the world. Moderated by Monica Nickelsburg.