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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 […]

New SR-520 Bridge Will Help Create a More Sustainable Seattle

On Saturday the new SR-520 Bridge opens in Seattle—the result of a successful public-private partnership that will reduce traffic congestion and help protect the environment. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the bridge’s new HOV lanes and “smart highway” technology will improve traffic flow across Lake Washington, resulting in a projected 10 percent […]

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 […]

Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Sleuths: Using Data for More Sustainable Buildings

Nearly 70 percent of all electricity in the United States goes toward building operations—heating and cooling systems, lighting, ventilation and plug loads—and over 80 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the world come from buildings. Researchers in the “living lab” at Carnegie Mellon’s Intelligent Workplace are working to determine how they can use data to […]

Microsoft CityNext at Smart City Expo

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Smart City Expo World Congress, hosted in Barcelona, a city that prides itself on creating many smart city best practices. This event has grown significantly since its inception, reflecting the growing momentum around smart cities. We’ve seen similar momentum with Microsoft CityNext, with over 220 official Microsoft CityNext […]

Cities & Sustainability – Joining Forces and Expertise at Microsoft and Around the World

Cities were center stage at the recent UN Summit on Climate Change held in New York City. And while historically cities have been less involved at the UN level than country governments on the topic of climate change, the shift in conversation reinforced our belief that addressing climate change cannot happen without addressing our urbanizing […]

Cities & Sustainability – Joining Forces and Expertise at Microsoft and Around the World

Cities were center stage at the recent UN Summit on Climate Change held in New York City. And while historically cities have been less involved at the UN level than country governments on the topic of climate change, the shift in conversation reinforced our belief that addressing climate change cannot happen without addressing our urbanizing […]

Microsoft’s First Annual Sustainable Subsidiary of the Year Award Goes to Microsoft Finland

Today, we are pleased to announce Microsoft Finland as the winner of our first annual Sustainable Subsidiary of the Year Award! This award was created to recognize Microsoft subsidiaries that are embedding sustainable business practices into their everyday operations and are producing exceptional results. In Finland, the local sustainability lead, Stella Diesen drove the sustainability […]

This Week in Sustainability: Decreasing Carbon Footprints, From Buildings to Batteries

This week, The Guardian reported on new research in nanotechnology that seeks to make batteries even smaller, spurred by Tesla Motors’ plans to build a ‘giga-factory’ for lithium-ion batteries with the goal of halving battery prices by 2020. No matter what size the battery is, this technology would lead to faster charging and higher storage […]

This Week in Sustainability: Sustainability Innovation from the United Kingdom to Singapore

This week, Earth Techling looked at a new kite-like tidal power device from UK-based company Minesto, which was recently awarded additional funding from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. The new technology is named Deep Green and essentially flies through the water as an attached spinning turbine generates power. The device’s design includes […]