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Beyond Energy Efficiency – Using the Power of Data to Find the Cleanest Hours of the Day

On an average morning, you turn off your alarm, turn on the lights, power on your smartphone that was charging overnight, take a hot shower, make a cup of coffee, all while watching the local news. This morning routine is all powered by electricity. The green-minded citizen will turn those lights and appliances off quickly, […]

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 […]

How Microsoft Technology is Enabling an Autonomous Grid

The electricity industry is undergoing a transformational change. In the technology sector, we have become accustomed to major shifts in our industry every few years. But if you are a utility, these disruptions are likely keeping you up at night. How do you deliver reliable energy to a more engaged and dynamic customer base when […]

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 […]

For Microsoft Employees, Earth Day is Everyday

What do tracking bees, optimizing smart grids, helping farmers in India determine the best time to sow their crops, and recycling used e-devices have in common? These are just some of the passions that I have seen Microsoft employees embrace and pursue, carrying the spirit of Earth Day with them throughout the year. They are […]

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 […]

World Water Day 2017 – Transforming the Way the World Uses Water

Tomorrow is World Water Day, and in honor of that day, we want to recognize all that water does for us that we don’t usually see. Much of the world’s water is hard at work in the production and delivery of nearly all goods and services, from apples to zippers. And the amount of water […]

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 […]