The Vermont Foodbank receives $9 million donation

Good News Notes:  “The Vermont Foodbank has received a $9 million donation — the largest gift amount seen by the nonprofit — from philanthropist Mackenzie Scott. Scott divorced Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in July 2019. As part of the divorce settlement, Scott received $38 billion of Bezos’ estate, making her the world’s wealthiest woman. Since…

Two local nonprofits get millions in grants from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Good News Notes: “Two metro Atlanta nonprofits focused on ending homelessness for families are the recipients of multimillion-dollar grants from a philanthropic organization started by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Day 1 Families Fund gave a total of $105.9 million in grants to 42 nonprofits in 24 states across the country. In Georgia, MUST Ministries…

AmazonSmile shoppers donate $10 million to St. Jude

Good News Notes: “Amazon says it has awarded $10 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis through its AmazonSmile program. Amazon donates 0.5% of the item purchase price to shoppers’ charity of choice when they shop at smile.amazon.com. Millions of shoppers have choses St. Jude. St. Jude is the first charity to reach…

The top 25 most sustainable fleets

Good News Notes: “However you look at it, 2020 is a turning point for fleets.  Thanks to converging forces — including supportive policies, dropping battery costs and aggressive climate goals — transportation leaders at large and small organizations are increasingly turning to new zero-emission and low-carbon options that decarbonize fleets and in some cases save money. Fleets…

How Amazon is using machine learning to eliminate 915,000 tons of packaging

Good News Notes: “Amazon’s 2019 Climate Pledge calls for a commitment to net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040. Since then, the company has reduced the weight of their outbound packaging by 33%, eliminating 915,000 tons of packaging material worldwide, or the equivalent of over 1.5 billion shipping boxes. With less packaging used throughout the supply…

GM-backed electric truck startup Lordstown Motors is going public

Good News Notes: “One-year-old Lordstown Motors will become a publicly traded company in an effort to bring its commercial electric pickup truck, the Endurance, to market. And it will do this with more support from General Motors than was previously known, according to financial filings. The startup plans to list on the Nasdaq stock exchange…

MacKenzie Bezos donates $1.6B to charity

Good News Notes: “MacKenzie Bezos said she has given away more than $1.6 billion to a variety of causes over the past year. Bezos divorced Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos last year after 25 years of marriage. She received a 4 percent stake in the business as part of their divorce and has a net worth of $36 billion, according to Forbes….

Greta Thunberg wins Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, will donate money

Good News Notes: “Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she’s won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change. Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has…

What exactly is ‘sustainable’ about Amazon’s new jet fuel?

Good News Notes:  “Amazon’s fleet of aircraft, which is soon to surpass 80 Boeings, enables the e-commerce giant to deliver everything from dog food to Dysons within two days. It’s an impressive logistical feat, but it comes with a heavy carbon footprint — and is particularly conspicuous given the company’s recent pledge to achieve net-zero emissions…