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Microsoft Recognized for Innovative Wind Energy Deal in Wyoming: A Q&A with Brian Janous

The renewable energy industry has grown substantially in recent years, led mostly by increased demand for wind and solar energy from a few large companies, like Microsoft. But it will take increased engagement from companies and utilities of all sizes to bring about an advanced energy economy that benefits everyone, and our planet—and that means […]

New Report Shows Momentum Toward an Advanced Energy Future

We know clean energy is good for the environment and that it’s a smart investment for the future of our business. Market data now shows just how important advanced energy is for the growth and sustainability of our economy overall. A new report from Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) released today shows that the U.S. advanced […]

Protecting Biodiversity with Artificial Intelligence

One of the many promising capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is its potential application to better understanding our natural environment. The world is experiencing a catastrophic loss of biodiversity. We know that species are going extinct at a rapid pace, with about two-thirds of wild animal species projected to be lost by 2020. These extinctions […]

Microsoft’s Redmond Campus: 500 Acres and “Zero Waste”

The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council has awarded Microsoft with the Gold Level of Zero Waste Certification for our Redmond campus. The certification recognizes our work to divert at least 90% of our food, office, and construction waste away from landfills through employee-driven reuse, recycling, and composting programs and sustainable community partnerships. Microsoft is the […]

Energy Efficiency and Designing the Datacenters of the Future

Datacenters have become the engine of transformation across every sector of our economy. But this engine requires a lot of energy. That has led us, as a company, to invest in clean energy for our datacenters and cutting-edge energy efficiency R&D projects to reduce our overall energy consumption. It would be a mistake to view […]

Supporting Global Action on Climate Change

Next month, countries around the world will gather in Morocco for the annual U.N. meeting on climate change. Since the Paris Climate Agreement was approved by 190 world leaders last December, diplomats have been hard at work developing new global initiatives to support the carbon reduction targets embedded in the Paris Agreement. In fact, over […]

Leveraging Technology to Improve Water Management: A Discussion at NAM’s Leading Edge Executive Forum

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard participated in a keynote discussion at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Leading Edge Executive Forum in Chicago about how technology can transform the way natural resources are managed and used. Rob was joined by Christophe Beck, Ecolab Executive VP and President of Nalco Water, to discuss the promise […]

Microsoft Supports New Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP)

For years, Microsoft has been engaged in a variety of efforts to better understand and address environmental change. Earlier this year, Microsoft’s Lead Environmental Scientist Dr. Lucas Joppa was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Today, we’re highlighting our support for a new effort focused on bridging the gap between […]

Microsoft Partners with UTSA for Next-Gen Energy Storage

Last week, Microsoft joined NRG Energy at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) to announce new research showing that batteries can help ease the transition to a grid increasingly powered by renewables. Learn more about the announcement and the three-year agreement between UTSA and Microsoft to research […]

Greener datacenters for a brighter future: Microsoft’s commitment to renewable energy

As the world increasingly races to a future based on cloud computing, a host of new and important public issues are emerging.  One of these issues involves the energy and sustainability practices of the datacenters that power the cloud.  Over the past year we’ve spent considerable time focusing on our work in this area at […]