By The Numbers: 2015 at Vulcan


By The Numbers: 2015 at Vulcan


There are many different numbers that organizations track and report on to measure their success each year. For an investment company, a good year is one that nets a strong profit. A production company will track box office receipts or television audience numbers. A sports team aims to have far more wins than losses.

For Vulcan, all these metrics apply because our efforts span all of these areas. The numbers we accumulated over the past year offer a view into what we've accomplished.

Here are just a few of the numbers Vulcan posted in 2015: 


That's the number of division titles, Vulcan Sports and Entertainment teams won in 2015. The Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West Division and reached the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers clinched their first outright Northwest Division title in franchise history.


In 2015, the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program funded the creation of three emergency operations centers (EOC) in West Africa to help combat the Ebola outbreak. Since July 2014, the program has been working with government agencies and aid organizations to address the most urgent needs in the fight to stamp out Ebola.


The new state-of-the-art Allen Institute complex in Seattle's South Lake Union contains six floors of the world's most complex tools for researching the human brain and cells. The 270,000 square-foot building opened on December 1 and is home more data than Netflix (4 PBs!) as well as the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Allen Institute for Cell Science. 


More than 70 years since it sunk and after eight years of searching, a research team led by Paul G. Allen located the Musashi, one of the world's largest and most technologically advanced battleship. The Japanese battleship was sunk during World War II and discovered on March 2, 2015, in the Sibuyan Sea off the Phillipines.


The number of solar microgrids that we've installed in 2015 serving a community of 21,000 people in Kenya. These microgrids are providing electricity to rural, unserved communities while also making it possible for business and residents to access reliable power and build thriving economic centers.


Since the Global FinPrint was launched in July, the first-of-its-kind shark and ray survey has already traveled to six different countries and 23 reefs gathering essential data to aid conservation efforts. At the end of the three-year initiative, the GlobalFinPrint team will have critical information from over 400 reefs around the world. 


That's the number of consecutive screenings the Seattle Cinerama has sold out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thanks to the theater's new reserved seating feature, movie-goers were able to claim their seat before tickets went on sale. 


Making its debut in October at the Portland Art Museum, Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection features 39 masterpieces that will tour from Portland to Washington D.C. and across the country. The exhibition spans five centuries and includes works by artists such as Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, David Hockney and Gustav Klimt among others.


On November 3, Washington residents overwhelmingly approved statewide Initiative 1401 with 71 percent of the vote. Washington became the first state in the country to successfully pass a voter intiative to create new penalties for those caught trafficking in products made from key endangered species.


Launched in July, the Smart Catch program has partnered with 80 restaurants in Seattle to increase demand and availability of sustainable seafood. Designed by chefs for chefs, Smart Catch is working to ensure that the fish we eat today are also around tomorrow.  


In 2015 alone, the Great Elephant Census flew 250 flights surveying over 150,000 km in Africa. The Census is nearly complete after two years surveying elephant population centers across 19 countries. 


The number of meters below the sea the bell of the battlecruiser HMS Hood was when Paul G. Allen and his team successfully lifted it out on August 7. The bell is now being restored, so that it can be put on display in the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.  


As a gift to Pope Francis, Vulcan partnered with a coalition of humanitarians and artists to illuminate St. Peter's Basilica for the first time-ever with urgent threats facing our common home. Butterflies, whales, birds and other animals facing extinction moved across the church facade to shed light on our current climate crisis. Despite the event happening in the Vatican City, more than 11,368 tweets were sent out regarding the event making it a trending topic in multiple cities around the world. 


More than 15,000 people visited the inaugural Seattle Art Fair to see works presented by 62 local, regional and national galleries. The fair's well-attended opening night preview raised over $85,000 for Artist Trust, a nonprofit organization that supports Washington state artists.


Through a partnership with Donors Choose, the Teach for the Planet Challenge reached over 60,000 students  across the U.S. with innovative environmental and sustainability classroom projects. The program helped develop new approaches and fostered the next generation of innovators who can tackle these challenges.

10 Million

Paul Allen and Vulcan are partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch the Smart City Challenge. Alongside the U.S. DOT, Vulcan is providing challenge participants $10 million to create a first-of-its-kind modern transportation system to demonstrate "what's possible" to help disrupt the current climate trajectory.  

17 Million

On December 2, Discovery Channel aired Racing Extinction, a powerful eco-thriller Vulcan Productions helped produce along with the Oceanic Preservation Society and Discovery Communications, reaching audiences in more than 220 countries and territories. The stats are still coming in, but over 17 million people watched the live broadcast making the film the most watched cable documentary premiere in over three years.


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