January 2014

This Week in Sustainability: On Super Bowl Week, the Seattle Seahawks and New York Both Go Green

This week, Triple Pundit looked at how one of the teams fighting for this year’s Super Bowl is also improving its environmental impact. The piece notes that over the past decade the Seattle Seahawks and their home stadium CenturyLink Field created the Defend Your Turf program, looking to engage in initiatives in four key areas: […]

Microsoft’s Environmental Action Award: Recognizing Microsoft UK for Bringing Energy-Smart Buildings to Local Cities

Each quarter, Microsoft gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact. For Q2 (FY14), we are pleased to honor a group of Microsoft UK employees for using the Microsoft 88 Acres story to engage […]

This Week in Sustainability: The Future of Energy Management and Building Efficiency Through Data

This week, GigaOm reported that startup Gridco has created new grid-level power electronics and a smart management system which will help provide electricity to homes and buildings. The systems will give utilities the ability to “tightly control” the grid’s power flow and to retrieve energy use data. What’s even better is that the system can […]

For Microsoft’s Sean James, Energy Efficiency is Just Another Day at the Office

When it comes to environmental sustainability, Microsoft operates on the idea that it takes a village to drive success. Today, The Fire Hose released a story on Microsoft employee Sean James and his work with Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS), which focuses on data center energy efficiency and operational excellence. As we’ve previously written, GFS […]

This Week in Sustainability: The Future of Corporate Social Responsibility and Its Benefits

This week, The Guardian Sustainable Business looked at how sustainability professionals can learn from the values-based management approach used to make workplace safety so important in the business world. As the piece points out, in 1970, improved workplace practices and training sessions were responsible for on-the-job fatalities dropping from as high as 14,000 in 1970 […]

This Week in Sustainability: Smart Cities of the Future

This week, GreenBiz outlined five predictions for how the smart grid and smart city industries will evolve by 2020. Top predictions in the article include an increase in grid resiliency and government grid regulation, especially in this era of increasing natural disasters. The article’s author, smart grid consultant Christine Hertzog, also believes we need to […]

Will ICT Transform Resource Use in 2014? Five Sustainability Predictions for 2014

2013 was a busy year for sustainability activities: more companies purchased more green energy, we saw advances in wind and solar penetration and efficiency, “natural capital” became a better defined and more prominent phrase, and environmental reporting continued to spread to more companies. At Microsoft we made progress as well – from signing our very […]