April 2012

Q3 Environmental Sustainability Action Award Winner

Each quarter, the company gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award. The award recognizes an employee or team who has shown leadership of how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact on the way our products and services can make a difference for our customers, partners and for society. Our Q3 award is […]

This Week In Sustainability: Week of 4.23.12

After a brief hiatus for the “week in sustainability” round up, we’re back at it! This week, The New York Times Green Blog highlighted the unveiling of an interactive Internet-based map allowing people to see the energy use in specific neighborhoods in more than 40 American cities. According to the site linked in the story, […]

Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

Last week, in my “Earth Day 2012: A progress report” blog post, I was happy to report that, through a  combination of energy efficiency measures and an investment in high-quality externally verified renewable energy and carbon reduction projects, Microsoft met its goal of reducing our carbon emissions by at least 30 percent per unity of […]

Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for Today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

Question. Why do data centers need to be connected to a dirty, expensive, unreliable electrical grid? Answer. They don’t and they don’t want to be either. Integrating a data center directly into the power plant — what we are calling our Data Plant program –will allow a data center to pick its sustainable fuel source […]

Earth Day 2012: A Progress Report

Three years ago, Microsoft adopted a broad environmental strategy that included commitments both to reduce the impact of our operations and products and to accelerate the use of information technology in addressing serious environmental issues. Our CEO sent out a company-wide email detailing our strategy and highlighted some of the steps the company would take […]

Washington State Recycling Association Honors Microsoft

The Washington State Recycling Association announced this week that it is honoring a number of Washington-based organizations for their recycling achievements at the annual Recyclers of the Year Awards Banquet next month in Spokane. Microsoft is honored to have been included on the list, which also includes organizations ranging from Stevens Pass Mountain Resort to […]

Improving IT Energy Efficiency Through Autoscaling

By Mark Aggar Energy use in the IT sector is growing faster than in any other industry as society becomes ever more dependent on the computational and storage capabilities provided by data centers.  Unfortunately, a combination of inefficient equipment, outdated operating practices, and lack of incentives (a topic I wrote about in my recent guest […]

The Power of Data is Coming to the 2012 OSIsoft Users Conference

By Kat Willson In just a few weeks, OSIsoft, our 2011 Sustainability Partner of the Year, will be hosting their 23rd annual Users’ Conference in San Francisco, California. Information technologies and good data can yield insight that drives action.  In order to address Sustainability goals of any kind, an organization must be able to measure […]