- This activity was carried out in collaboration with the FDI Foundation, One Tree Planted and the San Sebastián de los Reyes City Council.
- Microsoft, its ecosystem of partners and volunteers from the Amás Foundation planted 2,000 trees along the banks of the Jarama River on a very prosperous day.
- San Sebastián de los Reyes, in Madrid, is one of the cities where one of the soon-to-open Microsoft Cloud Region data centers will be located.
Creating a positive impact on local communities is one of Microsoft’s main priorities and thanks to this, San Sebastián de los Reyes will be able to reforest the banks of the Jarama River as it passes through the outskirts of the city.
The Jarama River, which flows north–south through Madrid, intersects several urban centers and industrial and agricultural operations. The river is controlled by a network of dams/reservoirs and has experienced the effects of rapid extraction, which has hindered its natural flow and poor water quality.
This planting project, led by the Fundación para el Fomento del Desarrollo y la Integración (FDI), aims to revitalize the area, improve water quality, reduce carbon emissions, create a new green space for the city’s residents, and increase the biodiversity of the city. To promote diversity. Once the trees are established, an environmental education center will be built on the site to involve local schools.
The FDI Foundation is an NGO whose social objectives focus on the social-labour integration of people with disabilities and/or at risk of exclusion through education and sport, as well as a commitment to the environment.
On this occasion, more than 100 Microsoft volunteers were joined by 35 professionals from its ecosystem of partners and 54 people with disabilities from Fundación Amás – both as volunteers and as paid employees – creating a very rich inclusive environment during the tree planting demanded. These people also participated in the preparation of the land and materials and will do so in the maintenance of the trees planted.
«At Microsoft Spain we have been carrying out reforestation in the community of Madrid for two years, an activity that gives us particular comfort. Today’s planting in San Sebastián de los Reyes is another step forward, as it implies the implementation of continued cooperation in the city where one of our data centers in the cloud sector is located, which we will soon open in Spain.” he pointed Alberto Granados, President of Microsoft in Spain, “We want to be very proactive, listening to local communities, understanding their needs and helping where we can make the most impact.”
«It is very relevant for our city that a company like Microsoft – the tractor in technological innovation- has chosen us to set up one of its data centers. It represents an injection to stimulate our economy and establish links that will allow us to develop the areas that concern us today: environmental sustainability, one of the objectives of our great city. Explained Patricia Hernandez, Councilor for the Environment of the San Sebastián de los Reyes City Council.
“We are delighted with the experience. The collaboration between Microsoft volunteers, its partners and people with disabilities from Fundación Amás – who took care of part of the preparation and will also be involved in maintaining the trees planted – has been very enriching and marked the difference According to what Microsoft professionals and their partners told us »pointed to Jose Criado, director of Fundación FDI,
The project, funded by the Microsoft Data Center Community Development Team in Redmond and executed by the FDI Foundation, has been validated by planted a tree, an organization that, since its inception, has been dedicated to making it easier for both individuals and businesses to create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and aid in anti-deforestation efforts. Together with Microsoft, they coordinate environmental sustainability activities in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Latin America involving the company’s cloud regions.
About FDI Foundation
Foundation for the Promotion of Development and Integration (FDI) is an NGO whose social objectives are focused on the social-labour integration of people with disabilities and/or at risk of exclusion through education and sport, as well as a commitment to the environment.
Founded in 2010 as Fundación Deporte Integra, it has a multidisciplinary professional team that works every day in favor of those who need it most, developing Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Spain and other countries such as Brazil and Mexico Doing so, thus becoming a recognized Development Cooperation NGO (ONGD).
As a partner entity belonging to the Spanish network of the Global Compact, it works on the Sustainable Development Goals focusing on SDGs 3, 4, 10, 13 and 17, thus being a benchmark entity throughout the national territory. Volunteer Corporate.
about to plant
One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make it easy for anyone to help the environment by planting a tree. Their projects span the globe and are carried out in partnership with local communities and experts to create a positive impact on nature, people and biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping goals, creating a mix of benefits that contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
About Amas Foundation
The AMÁS Foundation is an organization that supports, practices, promotes and defends the rights of people with intellectual disabilities in the Community of the South.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is driving digital transformation for the intelligent cloud era and the Intelligent Age. Its mission is to help every person and every organization on the planet do more in their day to day.
The Microsoft Community Empowerment Initiative is part of Microsoft’s datacenter community development program, which actively works to protect the long-term social, economic, and environmental health of the communities that host Microsoft data centers. In collaboration with local leaders and organizations, Microsoft supports and empowers innovative solutions to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of the community.
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