From Recyclable Forks to Research into Climate Change, Microsoft Works to Make Planet More Sustainable

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From Recyclable Forks to Research into Climate Change, Microsoft Works to Make Planet More Sustainable

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A new article just posted about Rob Bernard’s efforts in leading Microsoft’s environmental sustainability efforts, helping customers, partners and its own employees consider software to make a difference.

Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, says Microsoft is unusually well-positioned to help its customers and partners change their impact on the environment.

For Rob Bernard, a fork is not just a fork. It’s a way to help create change at Microsoft — and lead the way to a more sustainable planet.

Bernard is Microsoft Corp.’s first chief environmental strategist. Microsoft, like most companies with cafes and lunchrooms, used to generate enormous piles of waste by throwing out napkins, cups, plates — and plastic forks, spoons, and knives. But in July 2008, in response to interest from employees to adopt less wasteful ways, Microsoft switched to compostable kitchenware and started composting food waste. These moves have slashed the company’s waste stream from its cafes and break rooms nearly in half. “It’s made a significant improvement,” says Bernard, standing in line in one of the company’s cafes — compostable plate and utensils in hand. “It really shows what you can do when you empower people to figure out how to create change.”

Bernard’s work is aimed at benefitting the environment both inside the company and through partners and customers. Since taking on the new post of chief environmental strategist in November 2007, Bernard has helped organize and focus what had been Microsoft’s sincere but somewhat fragmented approach to environmental sustainability. His goal: drive innovations for a sustainable planet.

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