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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.
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.
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.
As a consumer, what do you consider before making a purchase? According to new research by Cone Communications, 71 percent of Americans take environmental impact of the product into account. This is an increase from even four years ago when only 66 percent of Americans considered the environment before making a purchase. What’s more, Good.Must.Grow, a self-proclaimed socially responsible marketing agency, released some statistics on consumer behavior this week, finding that 60 percent of respondents also prefer to buy goods from socially-responsible companies. Read on to learn more about the influence corporate social and environmental responsibility has on consumer purchasing.
“Smart city” has entered the lexicon in the past few years—but what is a smart city? While exact definitions may vary, the overall concept of a smart city lies within its ability to combine sustainability, technology, societal progress and economic prosperity, according to an article published this week in Business Insider. Publications often rank cities both globally and in the U.S. on their ability to adopt smart city practices. But reading about the innovations taking place city-by-city and building-by-building shows how revolutionary smart cities can be. Continue reading to learn more on global efforts to make smart cities the cities of the future.