May 2013

This Week in Sustainability: Technology Innovation for Social Good and Smart Grid Technologies

This week, The Guardian published an article about how technology and innovation can create social change and improve business practices and models. The story explains how companies and organizations around the world are implementing technology and potentially redefining how systems, societies and governments operate. Africa’s mobile banking revolution, which has a profound impact on the […]

Announcing Microsoft’s Q3 Environmental 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. The award recognizes an employee or team who has shown leadership and provides an inspiring example of how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact and change not only on […]

Using Technology To Explain the Impact of Climate Change, One Glacier At A Time

Today, on the 60th anniversary of the historic first ascent of Mount Everest, mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears and his foundation GlacierWorks have teamed up with Internet Explorer to launch Everest: Rivers of Ice. This immersive, exploration platform allows visitors to travel the peaks and valleys of the Everest region through sweeping multi-touch HTML5 panoramas […]

This Week in Sustainability: Storing Energy with Liquefied Air and How Data Improves City Infrastructure

This week, MIT Technology Review highlighted a 19th century idea that could potentially have a 21st century application and quite possibly lead to cleaner cars and larger-scale renewable energy. London-based company- Highview Power Storage has raised $18 million to build a pilot plant that will use liquid air to store power from the grid. Electricity […]

A Simpler Approach to Packaging Receives 2013 Green Award

At Microsoft our supply chain is a sustainability imperative. In 2013, we began to require our suppliers to provide reports on their adherence to the requirements listed in the Microsoft Vendor Code of Conduct in an effort to drive sustainability improvements in our supply chain. Today, our supply chain initiatives play a key role in […]

This Week in Sustainability: How Big Data is Transforming Wind Power

This week, MIT Technology Review profiled the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), an organization working to develop forecasts of wind power. Xcel Energy, the utility with the most wind power in the U.S., is relying on NCAR’s new forecasting methods. Accurate forecasting improves energy efficiency by lessening dependency on backup power plants that waste […]

This Week in Sustainability: Renewable Energy and the MIT Media Lab

This week, Scientific American reported on two professors, Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, who first published an article together in 2009 that showed how the entire world could get all necessary energy from wind, water and solar sources by 2030. The two scientists recently updated their plans and ideas to show how communities and regions […]

Italy: Buildings Go Green in the Cloud

The green building game is changing. A recent McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report characterized the green building movement as one that has shifted from ‘push’ to ‘pull,’ as companies around the world are recognizing both the environmental and the business value of sustainable, energy efficient buildings. Similar to fuel efficiency ratings for vehicles, rating and disclosing […]

This Week in Sustainability— Floating Wind Turbines and Solar Power for Soldiers

This week, TreeHugger reported on a group of MIT researchers who developed an offshore wind farm with a twist—floating wind turbines that not only capture wind energy but also store it. When the wind is blowing and there’s not enough demand for electricity on the grid to use the excess power being generated, the power […]

This Week in Sustainability— Floating Wind Turbines and Solar Power for Soldiers

This week, TreeHugger reported on a group of MIT researchers who developed an offshore wind farm with a twist—floating wind turbines that not only capture wind energy but also store it. When the wind is blowing and there’s not enough demand for electricity on the grid to use the excess power being generated, the power […]