June 2012

This Week In Sustainability – Week of June 25

As the Rio+20 Earth Summit ended last week, there’s been much debate over the outcomes of the conference. Stephen Lacey with Think Progress wrote an in-depth article looking beyond Rio’s negotiations to focus on the “other side” of Rio+20—the connections that were made among people from all over the world committed to addressing environmental issues. […]

Looking Back at Rio+20

As Rio+20 wraps up, it’s been an honor to be part of the Microsoft delegation and see first-hand how the private and public sectors are working together to find solutions to climate change. Much of the talk here at Rio has been about how the role of business at an event like Rio has changed […]

Microsoft Announces the 2012 Sustainability Partner of the Year

By Kat Willson The Microsoft Sustainability Partner of the Year Award recognizes exceptional partners who have delivered software and technology innovations built on the Microsoft platform that help people and organizations around the world reduce their impact on the environment. We are pleased to share the news that from among a highly competitive field of […]

This Week In Sustainability – Week of June 18

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote a guest post in The Guardian this week, sharing his observations going into the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. He asserted that despite a number of disagreements among the world’s leaders, the Rio+20 conference has already proved to be successful. The SG cited an increased global movement to tackle […]

Reporting In from the Corporate Sustainability Forum at RIO+20

Over the weekend we participated in the UN Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum, the main private sector convening forum at Rio+20. The forum kicked off on Friday with a video message and welcome from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he declared that “corporate sustainability is an idea whose time has come.” We certainly agree with […]

From the Frontlines at Rio+20

It’s been a busy few days here in Rio during the first week of activity leading up to Rio+20. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to travel here, Rio is everything you would expect—vibrant culture, beautiful scenery and near-perfect weather each day in the mid-70s. With so many global leaders committed to sustainability in […]

Look For Us at Rio+20

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, otherwise known as Rio+20, will kick off this week from June 12 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The objective of Rio+20 is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development from political and business leaders across the globe. More than 100 heads of state and over […]

This Week In Sustainability – Week of June 4

As we briefly mentioned in this post, the Rio+20 climate summit being held in Rio de Janeiro is kicking off next week. A story from BusinessGreen looked at the upcoming Rio summit, reporting that nearly 7,000 companies worldwide have committed to infuse sustainability practices into their business models ahead of Rio+20. Based on the UN’s […]

Imagine Cup 2012 U.S. Winners Create Environmentally-Friendly Projects

A little over a month ago, we were pleased to hear that several of the winners of the Imagine Cup 2012 U.S. Finals competition submitted projects related to improving public health and lessening society’s impact on the environment. One project in particular – Flashfood – really fascinated us. Developed by a group of students from […]