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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC’s) assessment earlier this month confirmed with 95 percent certainty—a very high scientific threshold—that climate change is caused by human activity. It also recommended that the time is now for society to turn toward solutions to reduce emissions—and that’s particularly true of the business community. Read on to learn more about why environmental advocates are calling for businesses to take responsibility for climate change and how Ford is using big data and analytics to increase the fuel economy of its vehicles—a great case study in how one company can help green its industry.
What does it take to get to zero waste? As reported on the blog in December, the dining facilities on Microsoft’s Puget Sound campus were certified by the Green Restaurant Organization for diverting 99 percent of food waste to recycling and compost. But we’re taking steps to reduce or divert all waste from our operations—from food to packaging to e-waste. This puts us on the path to diverting 90 percent or more of all waste, the industry defined benchmark for achieving Zero Waste.
What if you had an app that could tell you how to make a building more energy-efficient—and you didn’t have to spend a time to yield most of those savings? That’s exactly what new start-ups in the smart building space are beginning to do in projects that echo our own riff on smart buildings. Read on to see how Big Data is shrinking the energy footprint of Washington, DC, and how a new airport in South Korea is featuring new designs that cut back on energy use all while making Incheon our new favorite airport for a layover when traveling to Asia.
Each quarter, Microsoft gives out an Environmental Sustainability Action Award, along with a donation to an environmental charity of the winner’s choice, in recognition of an employee or team who has shown leadership and provides an inspiring example of how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact and change not only on the way we run our business, but also the way our products and services can make a difference for our customers, our partners and for society.
Businesses, companies and cities alike are increasingly looking for ways to make day-to-day operations more efficient and build sustainable structures that will have less environmental impact over their lifetime. This week two innovative solutions caught our attention in this space and offer encouragement to the sustainability community that the business of building and powering communities is headed in the right direction. Read on to learn more about how new technologies are enabling communities to become more sustainable.