April 2013

Microsoft Operations Puerto Rico Retrofits to Improve Heat Efficiency

Microsoft’s green initiatives span much farther than just our Redmond Campus and can be found across the globe. With facilities spanning across six continents, each location works hard to make its operations more green. Our office building in Puerto Rico is a perfect example. Led by facilities manager Wilson Toro, Microsoft Operations Puerto Rico has […]

This Week in Sustainability: How Climate Change Impacts Public Health and Business

This week, The Guardian published an article that ties climate change to real health concerns. As the article points out, as a society, we are much more inclined to take preventative action when it directly impacts our own health and well-being. By casting environmental concerns in the terms of public health—something done to great effect […]

This Week in Sustainability: How Climate Change Impacts Public Health and Business

This week, The Guardian published an article that ties climate change to real health concerns. As the article points out, as a society, we are much more inclined to take preventative action when it directly impacts our own health and well-being. By casting environmental concerns in the terms of public health—something done to great effect […]

Steve Ballmer: How Microsoft Is Doing Well by Doing Good

This week Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of top U.S. companies, published its 2013 report on how many of the U.S.’s top companies are addressing sustainability challenges. The report includes a letter from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who outlines how Microsoft is using technology to reduce its carbon footprint and how technology […]

Earth Day 2013 – Reflecting On Our Commitment to Sustainability

For the past several years, I’ve used Earth Day as an opportunity to look at Microsoft’s progress on environmental sustainability issues over the past 12 months and where we are headed in the year to come. The most significant progress to report is around Microsoft’s work to achieve carbon neutrality in our current fiscal year. […]

This Week in Sustainability—Copenhagen’s Carbon Neutrality Plan

As Clean Technica reports, Copenhagen is placing tremendous focus on cycling as an alternative for cars in and around the city and has created “bicycle superhighways.” Currently, 36 percent of all trips taken to work or school are via bike, and at peak travel times, more than 20,000 cyclists enter the city every day. The […]

This Week in Sustainability—Copenhagen’s Carbon Neutrality Plan

As Clean Technica reports, Copenhagen is placing tremendous focus on cycling as an alternative for cars in and around the city and has created “bicycle superhighways.” Currently, 36 percent of all trips taken to work or school are via bike, and at peak travel times, more than 20,000 cyclists enter the city every day. The […]

EPA Names Microsoft Leading Green Energy Purchaser

For the second consecutive year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Microsoft to its Green Power Partnership Top 50 List—and this year our ranking increased to second on the Top 50 List. According to the EPA, Microsoft is purchasing nearly 1.9 billion kWh of green power, which is enough energy to meet 80 percent […]

The Next Generation of Smart Buildings at Microsoft

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouses gases in the U.S. is what you’d least expect—commercial buildings. In fact, the office you’re reading this blog post in right now may have as much of an environmental impact as your commute to work today. Commercial buildings are responsible for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases—nearly […]

This Week in Sustainability: Global Smart Cities

This week, Business Insider republished an earlier story by architecture outlet ArchDaily, which provides interesting examples of smart cities from across the world including Masdar City, Abu Dhabi; Songdo, South Korea; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and San Francisco, California. Each of these cities represents a different geographic region and cultural identity, yet all are prioritizing […]