Q4 Environmental Sustainability Action Award

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Q4 Environmental Sustainability Action Award

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Each quarter we give out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award to one of our teams or employees who has shown leadership and provides an inspiring example of how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact not only on the way we run our business, but also in the way our products and services can make a difference for our customers, our partners and for society.  

This last quarter (Q4), we gave the award to Randy Ramusack, a technology officer for Microsoft that works with the United Nations Environmental Programmme (UNEP).


When UNEP was designing their new headquarters in Nairobi they discovered that the IT component of their operations was consuming the most energy and was the largest inhibitor to reaching their goal of becoming “energy neutral.” UNEP’s IT infrastructure was costing them $100,000 for cooling alone, and they estimated it would take 600,000 Kwh of the 750,000 Kwhs to be produced yearly by their solar panel installation, 80-90% of their energy, to maintain the current infrastructure. They gave Randy the challenge of cutting this by two-thirds, to enable them to meet their goal.  

clip_image004 To address this challenge, Randy worked with a broad set of stakeholders to use Microsoft’s IT Pre-Assembled Components (ITPAC) technology, manufactured by technology partner Saiver, to help increase IT efficiency and reduce costs in a number of ways. The ITPAC uses outside air for primary cooling, and water evaporation cooling as a back-up, removing the need for mechanical cooling devices, and is based on a modular design that can be used to make the ITPAC modules easy to pre-manufacture, ship and install onsite.

The UNEP headquarters in now open, supports a staff of 1,200, features Africa’s largest solar panel installation, and is the first “energy-neutral” UN headquarters in the world. The ITPAC was a critical piece of the solution – reducing the IT infrastructure requirement to a mere 120,000Kwhs and saving UNEP $90,000 a year.

Well done Randy and the entire team!

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