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This week, we noticed quite a bit of interesting sustainability news about sustainability news, including how the New York Times will cover environmental issues following the shuttering of its Green Blog. Read on to learn more about the New York Times’s new climate column and how “knowledge journalists” are influencing how environmental issues are reaching the broader public.
Back in 2011 Microsoft shared the results from a pilot program on our corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., aimed at using technology to improve the energy efficiency of the buildings on our campus. Today, Microsoft’s Energy-Smart Buildings initiative has been named a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for the smart building pilot. Selections for the Computerworld award were made by 22 judges who evaluated the humanitarian benefits and measureable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or business need. The awards ceremony will take place on June 3 in Washington D.C., where five Laureates from each of the 11 categories will be named as finalists. One winner will be chosen from each category’s finalists.
As reported earlier this month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased by 2.67 parts per million since 2011, reaching a new record of 395 parts per million. At the same time advances in both technology and the public debate are deepening the public’s understanding of climate change. Check out the rest of this week’s post to learn how new research is showing the impact of past climactic change on today’s weather events, and to see how meteorologists from the Weather Channel are impacting public opinion.
The hour is upon us…Earth Hour, that is. This Saturday, March 23 at 8:30PM local time, households, businesses and landmarks around the world will turn off non-essential lights and electrical appliances for Earth Hour: a global movement sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, held every year to raise awareness about the need for greater energy efficiency and sustainability.
In 2011 the United States consumed over 97 Quadrillion (that’s 97 plus 15 zeros) Btu of energy. To give you an idea of what that means: an average computer monitor uses 921 Btu and your average refrigerator uses 2,672 Btu every hour. Nearly 87 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions (the primary driver of climate change) come from energy production and consumption, so energy efficient technology is more important today than ever before. Earth Hour is an important reminder that we should strive to reduce our energy use every day. Technology can increase energy efficiency, and at Microsoft we see information technology (IT) as a key tool that can help reduce energy consumption and address energy and environmental challenges around the world.
A couple of weeks ago I returned from an energizing two days at The Green Grid (TGG) Forum 2013. TGG Forum is a yearly event for TGG members and non-members to network and learn about the latest projects that The Green Grid membership is working on. This year, I was honored and excited to present the second day morning keynote on “Engaging the Missing Link in IT Resource Efficiency” – namely, developers! This is a relatively new focus for the Green Grid, and it was encouraging to see the enthusiasm this topic generated.
A key take away from my keynote was that...