December 2013

This Week in Sustainability: Doubling the Power of Solar Cells and New Sustainable Design Software

This week, MIT Technology Review wrote a piece outlining an innovative new design that can double the power of solar cells. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used a thin sheet of dyed plastic to gathers sunlight and concentrate it onto a gallium arsenide solar cell. In other words, when the rays of […]

This Week in Sustainability: New Geothermal Energy Technology and Long-Term Solutions for Battery Storage

This week Treehugger reported on a new geothermal energy technology, which could use CO2 from fossil fuel plants to produce 10 times the electricity as traditional geothermal generation. Essentially, CO2 from fossil fuel-burning facilities would be captured and condensed into a liquid, similar to existing plans for carbon sequestration. But here comes the difference: the […]

Microsoft Research Luminary Lucas Joppa on Computational Ecology

Today Microsoft Research released a video interview with United Kingdom-based researcher Lucas Joppa that discusses the work and progress Microsoft Research Cambridge has made in recent years around computational ecology. As we’ve shared on the Microsoft Green Blog before, Joppa and his team focus a lot of their work on building predictive models of the […]

Creating & Driving Carbon Accountability: Microsoft Releases Carbon Fee Playbook

Late last week the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) released a report outlining 29 companies, across various industries that have voluntarily incorporated an internal carbon price as a strategic planning tool. This report detailed organizations from oil companies to tech giants, entertainment companies and more that are holding themselves accountable for the carbon pollution released into […]

Creating & Driving Carbon Accountability: Microsoft Releases Carbon Fee Playbook

Late last week the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) released a report outlining 29 companies, across various industries that have voluntarily incorporated an internal carbon price as a strategic planning tool. This report detailed organizations from oil companies to tech giants, entertainment companies and more that are holding themselves accountable for the carbon pollution released into […]

Microsoft recognized in the U.S. and Japan for Environmental Stewardship

This evening, Microsoft will receive an award from Washington State University’s “Washington Industrial Energy Leaders” for our work around energy-smart buildings. The awards honor companies in Washington State that are making exceptional progress towards improved energy efficiency. This award recognizes Microsoft for its leadership as a company that has influenced awareness of energy efficiency inside […]

The Role of Carbon Offsets in Forest Conservation

The following blog post comes from our colleague TJ DiCaprio, who will be participating later today in the Commonwealth Club event titled ‘Forest Wars,’ and who published the article below over on Greenbiz.com.  This evening I’m participating in a discussion at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club with thought leaders from various industries to explore the environmental […]