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Transforming the Future of Water

Water is one of the most important resources in the world. For most of us in developed nations, it’s easy to take for granted – we turn on the tap and clean water comes out. But this is far from a universal reality. 780 million people around the world lack access to this basic necessity. […]

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 […]

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 Joins RE100 Initiative In Support of Renewable Energy

With the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21)  beginning this week in Paris, Microsoft is pleased to announce that we’ve reaffirmed our own commitment to renewable energy by joining RE100, a collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. The goal of the RE100 initiative is to create a market that will help to deliver the emissions […]

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 […]

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 […]

EPA Recognizes Microsoft as Green Power Partner of the Year

Today, we are honored to announce that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Microsoft as a Green Power Partner of the Year in its 2015 Green Power Leadership Awards. This award recognizes partners who distinguish themselves through their use of green power, leadership, overall energy strategy and impact on the green power market. Microsoft […]

Microsoft’s Carbon Fee, 3 Years Later

We’re just under a week away from Earth Day! This is a great time to reflect on the challenges we face and the advancements we’ve made. Today, Microsoft released a whitepaper describing the progress made with our carbon fee since its inception in the hope to inspire other organizations to take similar action. Back in […]

A Look Inside: Enabling Forest Protection and Education through Microsoft’s Offset Investments

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality, we have selected a carbon offset portfolio which enables us to not only reduce our direct carbon emissions, but also delivers a range of benefits from biodiversity protection, to health and well-being improvements for families, to food security and job creation.  In this blog we consider how […]

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 […]