September 15, 2021

In 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism announced the Climate Pledge, making the commitment to be net carbon neutral by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Climate Accord. 

Amazon’s Sustainable Transportation Accelerator for Middle-Mile Program, or STAMP, is launching the UW Sustainable Transportation Innovation Challenge to elicit ideas related to middle-mile decarbonization. The middle mile of Amazon’s network begins when goods come into our network, mostly at ports, and ends when goods are assigned to a customer for delivery, and includes transportation by air, water, rail, or road.

STAMP is looking for new ideas related to 1) hardware or software technologies to reduce carbon emissions; 2) methods to reduce the cost of sustainable transportation while still providing fast delivery; and 3) partnerships with external organizations (businesses and/or non-profits) to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.

Preliminary Details: For a complete set of the terms and conditions governing your participation in this Challenge, please refer to the Official Rules, pages 21-24

  • Full- and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students that are legal US residents of WA over age 18 are eligible to participate.
  • Students can submit their ideas here. All submissions must be in the PRFAQ format (see pages 4-6).
  • The Challenge will open September 3, 2021 at 12:00PM Pacific Time and close on October 1, 2021 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by members of the relevant Amazon team.
  • Amazon will announce the winners on October 15, 2021 via email to all submitters. One person will be awarded $10,000 for the 1st place submission, one person will be awarded $5,000 for the 2nd place submission, and one person will be awarded $2,500 for the 3rd place submission.
Submissions Due: October 1st, 2021

Read more about the UW Sustainable Transportation Innovation Challenge and submission details here:

Further questions?  Please email