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  • Blog Post: Keechi Wind Project: One Year Later

    One year ago, Microsoft announced our first power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Texas. This agreement was a significant milestone in our commitment to carbon neutrality and also showcases how our internal carbon fee is shifting how we are able to build environmental sustainability into...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Biogas-Powered Data Plant Opens in Wyoming

    Two years ago, we announced a partnership with a number of private and public sector partners to build the first zero-carbon datacenter, called a Data Plant—a fuel cell-powered datacenter that simplifies the power distribution infrastructure by bringing together the power plant with the datacenter...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2014 Annual Citizenship Report and Environmental Sustainability

    Yesterday, Microsoft released its annual Citizenship Report, detailing the company’s assessment of its global citizenship work over the past fiscal year. This year’s report includes the deepest dive to date into Microsoft’s environmental commitments, which includes measuring, reporting...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s //oneweek: Supporting Brilliant Ideas and Sustainability

    This year, instead of holding Microsoft’s traditional annual company meeting in September, the company held a brand new event called //oneweek—an entire week of activities at the end of July, dedicated to informing, inspiring, and actively engaging employees in the company's strategy, vision...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

    Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral . Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable...
  • Blog Post: The ‘How’s, Why’s and Implications’ of Carbon Pricing

    By now, it is likely common knowledge that driving accountability for carbon emissions is an important part of Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality (or visit past blog posts for a refresher on our carbon fee program, including our Carbon Fee Playbook ). Fortunately for our planet, carbon...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Voted Best Corporate Offset Programme

    Today, Environmental Finance magazine published the results of its fifth annual Voluntary Carbon Market survey and recognized Microsoft for Best Corporate Offset Programme (registration required to access). In this survey, more than 720 companies nominated leading service providers active in the voluntary...
  • Blog Post: TJ DiCaprio Awarded C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership

    Yesterday, the Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) awarded our colleague Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio with the 2014 C.K. Prahalad Award. The award, presented at the Corporate Eco Forum’s fifth annual C.K. Prahalad Awards ceremony, recognized winners for demonstrating “globally significant private...
  • Blog Post: A Look Inside: Microsoft’s Impact on Households through Offset Investments

    As a direct result of our internal carbon fee and Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality, our carbon offset strategy is not only reducing GHG emissions, but it is also helping us reach nearly 3 million people through projects which improve health, protect ecosystems and provide income and...
  • Blog Post: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Report Highlights Microsoft Carbon Neutrality Efforts

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) has released a new report featuring more than 25 business success stories, including Microsoft, showing how companies are addressing energy and water challenges in their operations and supply chains. The Chamber of Commerce...
  • Blog Post: A Look Inside: Microsoft’s Impact on Biodiversity through Offset Investments

    Last fall we shared details of our carbon offset strategy here on the Microsoft Green Blog , giving you some insight into the programs and projects underway as a direct result of our internal carbon fee and Microsoft’s commitment to carbon neutrality. As we noted then, we’ve chosen to invest...
  • Blog Post: Creating & Driving Carbon Accountability: Microsoft Releases Carbon Fee Playbook

    Late last week the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) released a report outlining 29 companies, across various industries that have voluntarily incorporated an internal carbon price as a strategic planning tool. This report detailed organizations from oil companies to tech giants, entertainment companies...
  • Blog Post: The Role of Carbon Offsets in Forest Conservation

    The following blog post comes from our colleague TJ DiCaprio , who will be participating later today in the Commonwealth Club event titled ‘ Forest Wars,’ and who published the article below over on Greenbiz.com . This evening I’m participating in a discussion at San Francisco’s...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Signing Long-Term Deal to Buy Wind Energy in Texas

    Last year we announced that Microsoft would make a commitment to become carbon neutral. The cornerstone of that commitment was an internal carbon fee that’s designed to increase the company’s costs for using carbon-based forms of energy. An intended result? Buying more renewable energy and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s 2013 Annual Citizenship Report and Environmental Sustainability

    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...
  • Blog Post: CDP Names Microsoft to Climate Performance Leadership Index

    Today the CDP issued its annual climate change report and included Microsoft for the first time ever in the Global 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the company’s commitment to climate change action and transparency in disclosing our carbon emissions. We’re honored that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Carbon Offset Strategy: Making a Difference One Project at a Time

    One of the great joys of my job, and something that motivates me to come to work every day, is the idea that our work can make a difference. In the past year, our team, along with NGO partners and carbon offset companies, have spent a tremendous amount of time trying to decide how best to leverage Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day 2013 – Reflecting On Our Commitment to Sustainability

    For the past several years, I’ve used Earth Day as an opportunity to look at Microsoft’s progress on environmental sustainability issues over the past 12 months and where we are headed in the year to come. The most significant progress to report is around Microsoft’s work to achieve...
  • Blog Post: This Week in Sustainability—Copenhagen’s Carbon Neutrality Plan

    As Clean Technica reports, Copenhagen is placing tremendous focus on cycling as an alternative for cars in and around the city and has created “bicycle superhighways.” Currently, 36 percent of all trips taken to work or school are via bike, and at peak travel times, more than 20,000 cyclists...
  • Blog Post: EPA Names Microsoft Leading Green Energy Purchaser

    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. According to the EPA, Microsoft is purchasing nearly 1.9 billion kWh of green power, which...
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