Climate Change

Advancing Sustainable Development through an Internal Price on Carbon — Microsoft’s Approach to Harnessing Tech and Innovation to Advance the SDGs

This week, the U.N. hosted a great event in New York exploring how science, technology and innovation can advance the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme, ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’, aligns closely with Microsoft’s mission to help every person and organization on the planet achieve more, and we were […]

Collaborating with Cities for Sustainability

Tomorrow is Earth Day, a chance to renew our commitment to being responsible stewards of the planet’s vital natural resources. Throughout the week here on our blog, we’ve highlighted many ways that Microsoft is working—through our staff and with our business and nonprofit partners around the world—to bring our tools and technology to bear in […]

Microsoft Expands Support for The Nature Conservancy for Earth Day

This week on our blog, we’ve highlighted ways that Microsoft, its employees and its business partners are leveraging new technology to improve the sustainability of their companies and communities. Today, we are focusing on our nonprofit partners, including a new grant to The Nature Conservancy that expands on our broader support for nonprofits globally. In […]

Transforming Industry for a Smarter, Greener Tomorrow

Yesterday on our blog we highlighted the people within Microsoft who are hacking sustainability to find new and innovative solutions to pressing environmental problems – from energy to e-waste to agriculture. Microsoft is committed to fostering sustainable change both within our own organization and at scale across the globe. But it’s an effort that no […]

Welcome to Earth Week: Empowering every person and organization on the planet to thrive in a resource-constrained world

On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. Now in its 47th year, Earth Day presents a great opportunity to celebrate our planet, while recommitting ourselves to making positive changes. Earth Day is also a time to reflect on where we have been and what the road ahead looks like. As I […]

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 […]

Four Green Tech Predictions for 2017

The end of the calendar year is a traditional time of reflection, of the ups and downs of the past year, and to think about what to expect in 2017. As Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, I am encouraged by the progress made on some environmental issues in the past year, but there is still much […]

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 […]

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 […]