Brad Smith on creating a carbon-free headquarters in the Puget Sound region

Jul 14, 2017   |   Suzanne Choney

Aerial shot of part of Microsoft's Redmond campus

As Microsoft contributes toward creating a sustainable future for the world, company leaders realize its growing operations are creating new demands on the planet, writes Microsoft President Brad Smith. “We need to do more as a company in getting our own house in order, including our headquarters in Redmond, Washington.”

On Thursday, Microsoft took an important step in that sustainability journey when the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a new contract between Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy, which enables Microsoft to go to the open market to buy 100 percent carbon-free energy to power most of its Puget Sound operations in Washington state.

“This isn’t just an aspirational goal,” Smith writes. “In this contract, we’ve committed to buying renewable energy at levels substantially higher than Washington state law, targets that are not only aggressive but meaningful.”

Read Smith’s post on Microsoft on the Issues.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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