Around the Table: Fred Hutch, PNNL, PSE, Cambia Health & more

Powering Innovation: Fred Hutch has led the development of a vaccine designed to elicit ‘broadly neutralizing antibodies’ to bock HIV since 2013. Now, it is nearly ready for its first phase of testing in human volunteers. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a battery designed for the electric grid that locks in energy for months without losing much storage capacity, a step toward batteries that can be used for seasonal storage.

Investing in Communities: Puget Sound Energy Foundation launched a $600,000 competitive grant program to empower community resiliency. Nonprofit and Tribal Governments within PSE’s 10-county service area are invited to apply. Cambia Health Solutions continued a tradition this month of donating laptops to graduates of the Eureka! STEM Program, a five-year program designed to support and motivate underserved young people in working toward educational and career goals.

Championing Inclusion: Bristol Meyers Squibb Foundation Winn Award Program is working to diversify clinical trials to create therapeutic options that are effective in all. Seattle Kraken will add a program dedicated to young female hockey players at Kraken Iceplex.

Around the Table: Avista, Boeing, PNNL, and more

Supporting environmental efforts

Puget Sound Energy is partnering with the Issaquah School District on investing in a new solar array as part of its Community Solar program. Amazon recently announced 37 new renewable energy projects, advancing its goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2025. The Seattle Kraken provided Green Month resources, presented by Puget Sound Energy. Boeing announced a five-year, $10 million commitment to support research efforts at the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture. Avista shared a video about its role in protecting natural resources in the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently broke ground on a new national clean energy research center.

Committing to equity

Boeing recently released its global equity, diversity, and inclusion annual report detailing workforce representation, progress toward its goals, and more.