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Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced today that Microsoft has become the 150th business to join the Seattle Climate Partnership, a voluntary program for the region’s businesses working to reduce their carbon footprint and partner with others in the effort. Nickels will recognize Microsoft and other local companies at a recognition gathering tonight at the Seattle Aquarium from 6 to 8 p.m.

“The members of the Seattle Climate Partnership prove that going green can save you green,” said Nickels. “As both a business and community leader, Microsoft is poised to play a significant role in the partnership and in meeting Seattle’s climate protection goals.”

“Microsoft is committed to reducing the impact of our operations and products, and driving responsible environmental practices,” said Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist at Microsoft. “With a significant presence here in the Puget Sound, we are excited to join the Seattle Climate Partnership. We are looking forward to working together to pursue environmental goals for the region and sharing our best practices with the community.”

A recent survey of the businesses participating in the partnership showed that, since 2005, 88 percent of the participants have completed or begun a carbon emissions inventory. Almost all report that they have taken actions to reduce their footprint. To date, the partnership has developed a Web site, an online carbon calculator, and sector-specific resource guides. The city’s Office of Sustainability & Environment works directly with businesses to provide technical assistance, and networking opportunities to share best practices.

For more information about the Seattle Climate Partnership, please visit the Web site at: www.seattleclimatepartnership.org

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