November 2012

This Week In Sustainability – The Industrial Internet Revolution and Redefining “Clean Tech”

This week, GigaOM published a guest blog by Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric. Jeff discusses the “Industrial Internet Revolution,” which he argues will have the potential to merge the physical world of machines and facilities with the digital world of big data and analytics in such a way that makes obtaining information […]

The World Converges for COP18 in Doha, Qatar

Delegates from 195 nations gathered in Doha, Qatar earlier this week to kick off the 18th annual United Nations conference on climate change, also known as COP18 (Conference of the Parties). Held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC), this event brings the world’s leaders and climate experts together to determine how society […]

Farm to Fork at Microsoft: Serving Great Food, Grown Locally

Our food choices have a significant impact on the environment. From the way our food is grown to the amount of transportation it takes to get it to our table, each step of the process leaves a footprint. And with Thanksgiving around the corner, this is the time of year when many of us consider […]

Farm to Fork at Microsoft: Serving Great Food, Grown Locally

Our food choices have a significant impact on the environment. From the way our food is grown to the amount of transportation it takes to get it to our table, each step of the process leaves a footprint. And with Thanksgiving around the corner, this is the time of year when many of us consider […]

Microsoft Building Biogas-Powered Data Center in Wyoming

Earlier this year our colleagues in Global Foundation Services shared a concept for what they called a Data Plant, a fuel cell-powered data center designed to run on biogas generated from landfills or water treatment plants. That concept will soon come off the drawing board in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Microsoft is partnering with the city […]

This Week In Sustainability – Smart Cities Business Models at Verge and Top 10 Smartest Cities in Europe

Earlier this week, Verge @ GreenBuild, a two-day event that brings together business innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to discuss opportunities in technological advancements in energy, buildings, and transportation, took place in San Francisco. Smart Planet wrote about smart cities practices discussed at Verge, including how a successful business model is necessary to implement […]

Helping to Save the Great Barrier Reef with Cloud Computing

We are privileged to have Frank McCosker, Microsoft’s General Manager of International Organizations, join us on the Software Enabled Earth blog to share news of an exciting partnership between Microsoft and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Frank is responsible for Microsoft’s collaboration with over 40 international organizations; he is an expert in public-private partnerships and […]

This Week In Sustainability – Smart Street Lights and PricewaterhouseCooper’s Low Carbon Economy Index

This week, Wired wrote an interesting piece on an innovative technology called Intellistreets, an LED street light system that does much more than simply lighting streets. The lights are a system of connected technologies that provide people with visual messages such as emergency alerts or traffic updates. The technologically advanced Intellistreets also have concealed speakers, […]

Association of Climate Change Officers: Microsoft ‘Carbon Fee’ To Achieve Net Zero Emissions

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) recently published a case study taking an in-depth look at Microsoft’s carbon neutrality commitment, calling Microsoft “a leader in adopting environmentally responsible practices.” As an industry organization committed to developing climate change strategies, ACCO wanted to examine the strategies for developing a commitment to net-zero emissions and a […]

Do Good with Windows 8 for Social Good Contest

If you have an idea for how to increase energy efficiency, track vehicle mileage or inform greener consumer choices through a mobile app, we’d love to see your ideas. Microsoft is unveiling an exciting new contest today to make a positive impact by developing socially-minded applications for the new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 […]