July 2013

Industry Leaders Meet to Tackle the Issue of E-Waste in Africa

Recently industry and policy leaders gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to address a major environmental challenge facing the continent of Africa: e-waste, the discarded leftovers of electronics. This is an important issue for Africa, as experts in the region have estimated that by 2017, West Africa will generate more e-waste than all of Europe. […]

This Week in Sustainability: Making Solar Energy More Efficient and Smart Grid Modernization

This week, GigaOM published an article featuring PROSOL Invest Deutschland, a German startup company that has developed a system to manage solar electricity generation use and control home appliances. The company’s invention, a lithium-ion battery system that comes with wireless communication, was featured at Intersolar, a solar trade show in San Francisco. Designed to pair […]

This Week in Sustainability: Weather Monitoring from Space and Energy Efficient Gadget Control

GigaOM published a story about GeoMetWatch, a Utah-based company that plans to send sensors into orbit on communications satellites that will constantly scan for atmospheric data that can help predict abnormal weather patterns. The data can also be purchased by individuals and institutions for localized implementation. The concept is based on technology developed by NASA, […]

Imagine Cup Finalists Solve the World’s Toughest Environmental Problems

Last week 87 student teams from 71 countries converged in St. Petersburg, Russia, to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals. An exciting and vibrant event, Imagine Cup challenges students to use technology to solve the toughest problems in the world. The year-long contest first has students compete in local events for a spot […]

Microsoft Advances Energy-Smart Cities with CityNext

Today more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and it’s predicted that by 2050, 76 percent of the global population will live in urban areas. This ongoing population shift has created unprecedented challenges for our cities, and leaders must meet growing citizen demands for things like efficient transportation and reliable infrastructure with […]

Microsoft Brings Smart Buildings to Seattle

By Bill Mitchel, Microsoft When you look across the modern urban landscape, you can see buildings of all shapes and sizes, from iconic architectural landmarks like Seattle’s Space Needle to the mix of old and new buildings that define modern skylines. Buildings define the character of a city in their individuality, but they have one […]

Microsoft Drives Green IT and Eco-friendly Agriculture in Japan

From recycling on our Las Colinas Campus in Texas and fighting wildfires in Greece, to supporting green building in Italy and reducing our carbon footprint in Puerto Rico, we’re proud of the work Microsoft does to reduce the impact of its operations and products and drive responsible environmental leadership around the world. And we’re excited […]