August 2012

This Week In Sustainability – Imagine Cup Sustainability Winner, China’s Energy Conservation and ‘Smart Cities’ in Africa

Youth innovations in technology may have the power to make a real difference, writes Mashable. The article features five teams, including Germany’s Greenway team, who won the Coca-Cola Environmental Sustainability Award at this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup. Their mobile application and navigation system is used for calculating the best routes to use to prevent traffic […]

How Microsoft Strives to Make Our Events More Sustainable

Today’s blog post comes from our colleagues Gina Broel and Eden Mack who are on Microsoft’s events team and are responsible for facilitating some of the company’s largest events. Their mission? To ensure Microsoft event planners, vendors and local communities work hand-in-hand to integrate sustainability into events and communicate the value of this work back […]

This Week In Sustainability – Reducing Waste, Green Buildings and How FedEx is Cutting Emissions

ThinkProgress commented this week on why reducing waste can have a huge impact on the environment. Small steps can have a large impact—if five percent of the food we currently waste was recovered, we could feed four million Americans. Green buildings can use 90 percent less energy than conventional buildings. Smart business practices can greatly […]

This Week In Sustainability – Week of August 13

Fast.Co Exist published a ranking this week identifying the top 10 smart cities worldwide, with Vienna, Austria, topping cities like Toronto, Tokyo and Berlin. Smart cities remain a key part of making the planet more sustainable, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will play a huge part in making cities use resources more efficiently while […]

Microsoft’s New Greener IT Page Debuts

Today we released a new Greener IT page on the www.microsoft.com/environment website. The term Greener IT recognizes that there are always opportunities to improve IT resource efficiency—it’s a journey rather than a destination. On this page we have separated information about IT resource efficiency into five categories: Operating System, Applications, Management, IT Hardware, and Building, […]

Making Data Centers More Sustainable

Today our colleagues at Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services, which manages the company’s data centers across the globe, published a new blog post and accompanying whitepaper that summarize the top 10 business practices for environmentally sustainable data centers. At Microsoft we’ve found that being “lean and green” is not only good for the environment but for […]

Making Data Centers More Sustainable

Today our colleagues at Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services, which manages the company’s data centers across the globe, published a new blog post and accompanying whitepaper that summarize the top 10 business practices for environmentally sustainable data centers. At Microsoft we’ve found that being “lean and green” is not only good for the environment but for […]

This Week In Sustainability – Week of July 30

GreenBiz published an article this week on the European Union and the carbon market. The European Commission has proposed to strengthen its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the system by which the EU allocates carbon credits, by reducing surplus allowances. The recession led to a plunge in carbon prices, resulting in millions of surplus allowances on […]