October 2012

EPA Migrating to Microsoft Cloud

We’ve written before about how cloud computing has the potential to reduce energy use by 30 to 90 percent when organizations migrate from smaller data centers to Microsoft’s cloud. That’s one reason why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently chose to migrate its collaboration and email services to the cloud. Microsoft and Lockheed Martin […]

This Week In Sustainability – Water Management and Jobs in Sustainability

This week, Environmental Leader posted an article discussing how many companies lack long-term water strategies. According to consulting firm KPMG, 60 percent of the world’s 250 largest companies have no strategy for long-term water use. Some industries are more prepared than others, including the mining industry and the pharmaceutical industry in which 100 percent and […]

Reducing Microsoft’s Commuting Footprint – Five Years of The Connector

Getting people out of their cars is a huge part of how a company can reduce its environmental footprint. That’s why Microsoft introduced The Connector five years ago. The Connector is a shuttle service for Puget Sound-based Microsoft employees that now has 22 routes throughout metropolitan Seattle. The service allows our employees to find a […]

This Week In Sustainability –Global Green Cities and Smart Meters

This week, Fast Company Co.Exist published an infographic from HouseTrip and analyzed the green properties of six global cities with a reputation for sustainability—New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. The infographics provide detailed information on car ownership, green space, bicycle usage, solar installations, recycling, and water consumption. While these cities offer a variety of […]

Q1 Environmental Sustainability Action Award and WASABi

Each quarter, the company gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact. These leaders help us improve not only the way we run our business, but also the ways our products and services can […]

This Week In Sustainability –Sustainable Transportation and Smart Cities in India

This week, The Energy Collective, a blog on energy and climate, posted an article on smart cities and smart grids. The article looks at how transportation can be made more sustainable by moving people and goods in a cleaner, safer, greener, and healthier way. Sustainable transportation includes not only electric vehicles but also location-aware vehicles […]

This Week In Sustainability –Sustainable Transportation and Smart Cities in India

This week, The Energy Collective, a blog on energy and climate, posted an article on smart cities and smart grids. The article looks at how transportation can be made more sustainable by moving people and goods in a cleaner, safer, greener, and healthier way. Sustainable transportation includes not only electric vehicles but also location-aware vehicles […]

Microsoft’s Annual Citizenship Report and Environmental Sustainability

Today, Microsoft released its ninth annual Citizenship Report, which provides an overview and assessment of our citizenship work over the past fiscal year. The report includes goals and achievements in areas including nonprofit partnerships, technology donations and youth programs. Environmental sustainability is also a major part of this year’s Citizenship report, coming on the heels […]

This Week In Sustainability – Climate Change and the Business Community, Declining Carbon Emissions

This week GreenBiz published an article examining how public concern over climate change has actually decreased in recent years, concluding that the business community has a responsibility to take action where political leadership has fallen short. The article points to the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen as the turning point when public concern […]

Microsoft Receives Green Power Leadership Award

After being named a top green power purchaser by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year, Microsoft has been honored as one of four organizations nationwide to receive the EPA’s Green Power Partner of the Year award. We received the award late last month at the 2012 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Washington, D.C., where the […]