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This week, Microsoft released its tenth annual Citizenship Report that details the company’s assessment of its citizenship work over the past fiscal year. An important piece of this report includes an overview of some of the environmental commitments and work of Microsoft. This year’s report focuses on our commitment to carbon neutrality and to reducing the environmental impact of our operations.
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.
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.
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.
At Microsoft we’re committed to both innovative technology and business practices that help us tackle environmental challenges—and we’re always on the lookout for new approaches to finding sustainable energy sources. That’s why a story this week about a lightning-charged Windows Phone caught our eye. Read on to learn more about how researchers are on the hunt for new sources for sustainable power and how businesses can expand their dedication to sustainability.