Accountability

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 […]

Our Commitment to A Carbon-Neutral Future

This week, I attended the 22nd session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, where I was proud to speak about Microsoft’s actions to work towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future at several events and with representatives from around the world. One of the common themes has been the role of […]

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 […]

For Earth Day—Improving Efficiency and Sustainability Worldwide

Today is Earth Day, and it’s a particularly momentous occasion this year: representatives of more than 130 nations, including the United States, are gathered in New York City to sign the international climate accord (COP21) that was reached last December in Paris. As I wrote then, COP21 was a truly historic event for helping secure […]

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 […]

Microsoft Announces 175 Megawatt Wind Project in Illinois is Now Operational

Just over a year ago, Microsoft announced its largest wind purchase to date: a 175 megawatt (MW) wind facility outside of Chicago that would generate more than enough energy to fully power Microsoft’s Chicago data center. Today, we’re proud to announce that the Pilot Hill Wind Project is up and running—delivering clean, renewable energy that […]

Helping Wildlife Conservation, One Processor at a Time

Climate change is altering life for every species on the planet, changing their habitats and patterns of behavior. To better understand how various species are attempting to adapt to climate change, biologists and conservationists need data. But this data is often difficult to collect, as it requires tracking wildlife in remote areas. By leveraging the […]

Microsoft’s 2015 Annual Citizenship Report and Environmental Sustainability

On October 21st, Microsoft released its annual Citizenship Report. This report details our assessment of Microsoft’s global citizenship work over the past fiscal year. This year’s report contains a look at , among other things, our environmental commitments, including our commitment to carbon neutrality and our work to measure, report, and reduce the environmental impact […]

Microsoft at Climate Week 2015: Taking Action Today for a More Sustainable Future

In my role as Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft, I am excited to be in New York this week as we take part in the activities of Climate Week 2015.  Climate Week is a great opportunity to meet with policymakers, corporate leaders and individuals to explore new opportunities to drive meaningful action by working together. […]

Urban Farming at Microsoft: Going Green for Growing Greens

We’re always interested in the role that IT is playing in shaping how resources get used in the agricultural sector—figuring out how to grow and produce food more efficiently and using fewer resources will become more and more important over the coming years. One experiment in urban farming is taking place right under our own […]