Sustainability Customer Stories

Discover how AWS customers are building in the cloud to innovate, expedite, and scale real-world sustainability solutions.

Marine Biologist Uses Machine Learning to Better Understand Sperm Whales

After centuries of hunting and the advent of underwater sonar, which can disrupt feeding patterns, sperm whales were registered as a vulnerable population in 2008, with only a few hundred thousand of the species remaining. Biologist Lisa Steiner has dedicated her career to studying sperm whales, tracking some individuals for decades by comparing black-and-white images of their tails. In this video, learn how Steiner, working with AWS Partner Capgemini, used AWS machine learning to automate her manual scientific processes and increase the impact of her conservation research. 

Dr. Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO, Discusses the New Generation of Entrepreneurs

In this episode of the Fix This podcast, hear from Dr. Werner Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer and host of the Now Go Build video series. AWS turned 15 in 2021. Over the years, Dr. Vogels has traveled globally to meet with customers who are using AWS to solve hard, human problems. Listen to him discuss the customer stories that most inspire him, what those companies are creating, and why entrepreneurs who are building with a sustainability focus make him optimistic about the future.

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BlueDot Observatory Uses Open Data to Spotlight the World's At-Risk Water Resources


Cost to process one month of data for 7,000 bodies of water


Cost to operate each month, including backend resources

"It is possible to set up world-scale systems with a shoestring budget."

Anze Zupanc
Data Scientist, Sinergise

Declining fresh water accessibility and quality poses a major threat to sustaining life around the world. The BlueDot Observatory at Sinergise monitors at-risk bodies of water, using satellite imagery combined with data from the AWS Open Data Program and the Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative to track water patterns, capture variability, and create predictive capabilities with greater accuracy. Building its solution on an AWS infrastructure keeps costs low so the BlueDot Observatory can operate at the scale of this global issue.  

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Blog: Capital One Brings Sustainability to Its Cloud Migration

Capital One Brings Sustainability to Its AWS Migration

Capital One completed its all-in migration to AWS in 2021—exiting all eight of its data centers—and increased energy efficiency and lowered its carbon footprint as a result. The digital bank's ongoing plan to limit its environmental impact includes recycling and repurposing its unwanted technology.

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Blog: C40 Network Uses the Cloud to Create a Healthier, More Sustainable Future, One City at a Time

C40 Builds on AWS to Connect Cities with Sustainability Data

The C40 network connects mayors and stakeholders from 97 of the world's largest cities to take bold climate action. Through the C40 Knowledge Hub and suite of data visualization tools powered by AWS, the organization offers insights to city governments on how to reduce emissions and improve climate resilience. 

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Case Study: CropX Helps Global Farmers Enable Sustainability

CropX Creates Sustainable Farming Solutions on AWS

CropX, an agricultural analytics startup, develops cloud-based software solutions to help farmers maximize yield potential and minimize resource waste. The startup built its big data solution on AWS, which combines in-soil sensor data with imaging, weather, and topography data to deliver actionable insights to farmers for crop management.  

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