September 2013

This Week in Sustainability: New Innovations From Solar Cells to Farming

This week Treehugger reported that a new solar cell structure designed by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems has taken over the world record for the amount of electricity produced from solar energy. After three years of research using this particular solar cell technology, the researchers were able to achieve a 44.7% conversion rate, […]

The Opportunities in Tackling Climate Change

Climate change is a serious challenge for our society and for businesses around the world. As a company, we are focused not only on ways for us to reduce the environmental impact of our business, but also on the important business opportunity climate change presents. We believe that climate change is and will continue to […]

This Week in Sustainability: How Climate Modeling and New Energy Storage is Shaping the Planet’s Future

This week Science Magazine (subscription required) reported on the U.S. Department of Energy’s addition of a sixth climate model to the U.S. climate system modeling program, which will provide higher resolution models and can zoom into much smaller areas such as mountains or storms. This new modeling system evokes Microsoft Research’s ecosystem model that shows […]

This Week in Sustainability: Technology Unearths Vast Water Source in Kenya and Engaging Employees Through Sustainability

Using powerful new technology, researchers have discovered two massive aquifers in the poorest and least developed region of Kenya. The Guardian reported that the team, led by UNESCO and backed by Radar Technologies, developed new technology to evaluate radar and oil exploration data to find the water. The technology provides maps that give detailed indications of […]

CDP Names Microsoft to Climate Performance Leadership Index

Today the CDP issued its annual climate change report and included Microsoft for the first time ever in the Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the company’s commitment to climate change action and transparency in disclosing our carbon emissions. We’re honored that Microsoft is one of many companies recognized for its leadership in […]

Microsoft’s Carbon Offset Strategy: Making a Difference One Project at a Time

One of the great joys of my job, and something that motivates me to come to work every day, is the idea that our work can make a difference. In the past year, our team, along with NGO partners and carbon offset companies, have spent a tremendous amount of time trying to decide how best […]

This Week in Sustainability: Using Big Data to Improve Accessibility to Water

GreenBiz provides an update this week on how cloud computing is helping address the state of clean drinking water in India, where access is an ongoing problem. According to a UNICEF report, each year water-borne diseases cost India $600 million in medical bills and lost productivity. One way this problem is being addressed is through […]

Pragmatic Conservation: Protecting Two-Thirds of Plant Species With 17% of Earth’s Land

Today Microsoft Research, in partnership with researchers from Duke University and North Carolina State University, announced findings that will help determine how to conserve the greatest number of plant species possible by protecting small landmasses. The results of the study affirmed the possibility of achieving two of the most ambitious goals from the 2010 Convention […]