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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leading the Sustainable Data Revolution

We are at the cusp of a transformation – as a society, as an industry and as a company. That was the message I delivered to a diverse group of environmental and energy leaders at VERGE16 at my keynote session yesterday. The world is experiencing the very real effects of climate change, including extreme weather, […]

Microsoft and Primus Power Announce New Pilot Program for Datacenter Energy Storage

Today I was honored to participate in the White House’s “Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” event. It was a pleasure to meet with public and private sector professionals to discuss critical energy topics, including the acceleration of commercial energy storage. Exploring next generation technologies for energy storage and management is a key […]

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 […]

Microsoft’s Public Cloud for Public Good – The Opportunity for Sustainability

On January 19th, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced our new commitment to putting the Microsoft Cloud to work for the public good. We are donating $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services through Microsoft Philanthropies to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years, with a goal of supporting 70,000 nonprofits through the initiative. The […]

This Week in Sustainability: Energy Efficient Cloud Computing and a New Tool for Clean Energy Investment

This week, Environmental Leader reported on how companies can compare the carbon emissions across their entire cloud ecosystem. This can help companies better manage cloud services by deciding when to use cloud services versus on-premise computing. Because cloud computing can serve more customers and offer better economies of scale, the cloud is very often more […]

This Week in Sustainability: Tackling Climate Change and Achieving Getting Better Mileage with Big Data

This week Economia offered some thoughts on the IPCC’S scientific assessment with a call for the business community to do more to tackle climate change. The piece, written by the Carbon Neutral Company’s Jonathan Shopley, finds that the risk to society and the economy caused by climate change should encourage industry and businesses to take […]