January 2013

Microsoft Portugal Employee Receives Sustainability Action Award

Each quarter, the company gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award, along with a donation to an environmental charity of the winner’s choice, in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact on the environment. These leaders help us improve not only […]

ClimateDesk Video: How Does Climate or Ecosystem Modeling Work Anyway?

Last week Microsoft Research’s Drew Purves published an article in Nature (paid access) about how computer modeling can help map the planet’s ecosystems and better understand threats to biodiversity; we blogged about the article in this post. Today our friends over at ClimateDesk published a video interview with Drew that explains in 90 seconds how computer […]

This Week in Sustainability –President Obama Highlights Climate Change in Inaugural Address and Carbon Disclosure Project Report

In his second inaugural address, President Obama gave prominent attention to the threat of climate change. Washington Post’s Wonkblog offered a detailed look on how climate factored in the President’s speech, which explains how the nation should confront global warming. Despite promising rhetoric following his first inauguration in 2009, many climate advocates were underwhelmed by […]

Microsoft Offices Across India Hold ‘Green Office Week’

Environmental sustainability is at the core of our businesses practices around the world. As we strive to reduce the impact of our own operations and products, green efforts made by our offices around the world are helping us elevate our position as a sustainability leader in the global technology sector. Earlier this month Microsoft’s India […]

Microsoft Research Tackles Ecosystem Modeling

What if there was a giant computer model that could dramatically enhance our understanding of the environment and lead to policy decisions that better support conservation and biodiversity? A team of researchers at Microsoft Research are building just such a model that one day may eventually do just that, and have published an article today […]

This Week in Sustainability – NOAA Reports 2012 Is Hottest Year and Walmart’s ‘My Sustainability’ Plan

The New York Times reported that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the United States. A report released Tuesday by NOAA reported the average temperature was a full degree Fahrenheit higher than the previous record, set in 1998. Over the course of the year, 34,008 daily high records were set at weather stations across […]

Microsoft’s Bike Program Gets into Gear

In the New York Times best-selling book Ready Player One, the protagonist powers his laptop by bicycle. While Microsoft is seeking other alternative energy sources to power the cloud, we are also big proponents of bicycle commuting at our Puget Sound campus, home to 50,000 employees. In fact, the League of American Cyclists has deemed […]

This Week in Sustainability – Fiscal Cliff, Wind Energy Tax Credits and Trends to Watch in 2013

The New Year is upon us, and 2013 is expected to be a busy year in environmental sustainability, with GreenBiz predicting in a recent story on 2013 trends that investment in smart buildings and smart cities will continue to grow. The first few days of 2013 also included a down-to-the-wire political showdown as the fiscal […]

Microsoft Green Blog: A New Name for a New Year

Sustainability is a diverse issue that impacts all aspects of business and life. At Microsoft we’ve worked to infuse our company with environmentally responsible values and to be part of the larger discussion about how software can contribute to a more sustainable world. But as Microsoft’s business has broadened into devices and services, so has […]