March 2012

New Video and Update to Microsoft’s Energy-Smart Buildings Project

Back in October Microsoft released a new whitepaper about Energy-Smart Buildings which detailed our findings from a pilot program on our campus in Redmond, WA, where we used technology to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings. It has been a few months since our initial report, so we wanted to update you on our […]

New Video and Update to Microsoft’s Energy-Smart Buildings Project

Back in October Microsoft released a new whitepaper about Energy-Smart Buildings which detailed our findings from a pilot program on our campus in Redmond, WA, where we used technology to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings. It has been a few months since our initial report, so we wanted to update you on our […]

This Week in Sustainability: Week of March 19

Smarter buildings are a big part of how Microsoft is reducing its environmental footprint. An article in The Atlantic Cities takes a look at Honest Buildings, a website that combines social networking, crowdsourcing and big data in order to create energy profiles of every building in the U.S. The site scrapes publicly available data about buildings […]

Microsoft India Wins Green IT Award

Redmond, Washington may be synonymous with Microsoft as the home of its corporate headquarters, but the company’s commitment to increasing energy efficiency is a worldwide endeavor spanning the U.S. and our global offices from Hong Kong to Ireland. Microsoft India recently demonstrated the truth of that claim last month when it was honored with the […]

This Week in Sustainability: Week of March 12

As we wrote last week, big data represents a huge opportunity to improve environmental sustainability outcomes, and the evidence for that keeps mounting up. In the run-up to the Structure: Data conference hosted by GigaOm next week, GigaOm looks at ten case studies illustrating how the promise of big data is changing the world. From reports […]

Top 5 Employee Engagement Practices

One of the things we strive to do on this blog is to showcase efforts across the company where we are making progress advancing environmental sustainability at Microsoft while also recognizing where there’s still work to do. One area where there’s a lot of great work happening, is in the area of employee engagement. As […]

Top 5 Employee Engagement Practices

One of the things we strive to do on this blog is to showcase efforts across the company where we are making progress advancing environmental sustainability at Microsoft while also recognizing where there’s still work to do. One area where there’s a lot of great work happening, is in the area of employee engagement. As […]

Improving Footprint Management and Reporting with Better Analytics

Microsoft has been diligently reporting its carbon emissions, energy and now water use through the Carbon Disclosure Project for the last seven years. Our process for sourcing, gathering and analyzing data can be quite challenging as it often starts months in advance and involves many stakeholders from across the business. And with 90,000 employees, working […]

This Week in Sustainability: Week of March 5

This week, the Rocky Mountain Institute’s report Reinventing Fire drew attention as the focus of a story in GreenBiz and a column by the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman. Reinventing Fire, authored by physicist and RMI founder Amory Lovins, makes the case that the private sector can – and must – play a leading role in […]

Time to Nominate Partners for the 2012 Sustainability Partner of the Year Award

By Kat Willson It’s that time of year again! Microsoft’s 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is just around the corner, this year in Toronto. With WPC comes the opportunity to have your company and sustainability solutions recognized with a Partner of the Year Award. The Sustainability Partner of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional partner […]