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As people’s attention turned toward climate change this week with Earth Day this past Monday, several media outlets highlighted issues related to climate change that impact more than the weather. Climate change is a real health concern, according to The Guardian, as an increased amount of evidence frames climate change as a public health risk. GreenBiz also explained the business-related issues tied to extreme weather. Read on to learn more about climate change concerns.
One of the biggest contributors to greenhouses gases in the U.S. is what you’d least expect—commercial buildings. In fact, the office you’re reading this blog post in right now may have as much of an environmental impact as your commute to work today. Commercial buildings are responsible for nearly 20 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases—nearly as much as the emissions from all forms of transportation. They are also one of the single greatest operating expenses for companies. Energy plays a significant part in those expenses, particularly when inefficiencies across commercial buildings waste an estimated 15 to 30 percent of the energy they use.
In October 2011, we published a whitepaper that detailed a pilot at Microsoft to make energy-smart buildings. The pilot began with a fairly small number of buildings on our Redmond campus. We took the building management system in some of our buildings and added an additional layer of IT intelligence on top of them. We found that we could reduce energy usage by 6 to 10 percent—all without needing to make a single retrofit to buildings. Today in a story on
For the second consecutive year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Microsoft to its Green Power Partnership Top 50 List—and this year our ranking increased to second on the Top 50 List.
Since committing to carbon neutrality last year, we here at Microsoft appreciate hearing how others around the world are striving for similar goals of net-zero emissions. This week, Copenhagen announced its plan to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2025, according to Clean Technica. This would give Denmark’s capital the honor of being the world’s first capital city to achieve carbon neutrality. Read on to learn more about how governments and organizations alike are working toward carbon neutrality.
Microsoft’s green initiatives span much farther than just our Redmond Campus and can be found across the globe. With facilities spanning across six continents, each location works hard to make its operations more green.
Our office building in Puerto Rico is a perfect example. Led by facilities manager Wilson Toro, Microsoft Operations Puerto Rico has spent the past six months carefully examining how they can improve their operations. Wilson and his team found that replacing the office’s boiler represented the best return on investment. By replacing the basic, oversized boiler with an efficient heat machine, Microsoft Puerto Rico is poised to reduce its emission considerably.