March 2016

New SR-520 Bridge Will Help Create a More Sustainable Seattle

On Saturday the new SR-520 Bridge opens in Seattle—the result of a successful public-private partnership that will reduce traffic congestion and help protect the environment. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the bridge’s new HOV lanes and “smart highway” technology will improve traffic flow across Lake Washington, resulting in a projected 10 percent […]

How Microsoft is Empowering a Modern, Sustainable Workplace

Since joining Microsoft in 1991, the only constant for Bev Hess has been a remote workstyle. Bev started her career as an account rep based in St. Louis, often logging thousands of miles in the car or flying to client sites or meeting with customers over the telephone. She’s held a number of roles in […]

How a Voluntary Carbon Fee is Helping Microsoft and the Planet

Microsoft’s global operations have been 100 percent carbon neutral since July 2012—a significant accomplishment made possible by holding ourselves accountable through a voluntary internal carbon fee. This month, in an editorial column for Huffington Post’s What’s Working series, I discussed how we implement the carbon fee at Microsoft and invest the funds collected to achieve […]

New Renewable Energy Deal Delivers Additional Solar Energy in Virginia

Today, we are announcing the launch of an innovative public-private partnership between Microsoft, the Commonwealth of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power that will bring 20 megawatts of new solar energy onto the grid in Virginia. This will help Microsoft maintain our ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality by bringing new renewable energy directly onto the grid. […]

Microsoft Receives 2016 EPA Climate Leadership Award

I’m honored to be accepting a 2016 EPA Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership on behalf of Microsoft tonight. It’s a privilege for our team to be recognized for our own efforts in mobilizing a company-wide response to climate change through an innovative, internal carbon fee. I also have the opportunity at the Climate Leadership […]