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  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Carbon Fee, 3 Years Later

    We’re just under a week away from Earth Day! This is a great time to reflect on the challenges we face and the advancements we’ve made. Today, Microsoft released a whitepaper describing the progress made with our carbon fee since its inception in the hope to inspire other organizations to...
  • Blog Post: EPA Recognizes Microsoft as a Leading Green Power Purchaser

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Microsoft on its list of the largest green power users; and has ranked the company at number two of the top 100 users in the nation. As the EPA reports, Microsoft currently purchases nearly 2.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually...
  • 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’s Environmental Action Award: Recognizing Brian Janous for His Leadership on Energy

    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, exemplifying how Microsoft and its employees can have a positive impact. ...
  • 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: Microsoft, Others Partner on Fuel Cell Research with $5 Million Awarded by ARPA-E

    Microsoft is once again partnering with others to further fuel cell innovations, with the goal of developing a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft, Redox Power Systems LLC , the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. were recently awarded $5 million by the Advanced Research Projects...
  • Blog Post: Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain

    As Microsoft has embraced its identity as a devices and services company, we’ve also embraced energy’s role in powering the cloud. In the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on an energy strategy that will reduce the resources required to deliver cloud services, from our power...
  • Blog Post: Off the Grid and in the Classroom

    In recent years Microsoft has increased its awareness and activities around sustainability, from our corporate headquarters in Redmond to our furthest reaching offices around the world. With this commitment, we’ve seen an increased interest from employees across the company in sustainable projects...
  • Blog Post: This Week in Sustainability: New Developments in Renewable Energy

    This week, Mother Nature Network penned a story looking at how a former German air raid bunker has been repurposed as a renewable energy facility. The building, which had sat unused for decades, was transformed by the International Building Exhibition Hamburg, a group dedicated to turning abandoned buildings...
  • Blog Post: A Major Step Forward: Combining the Fuel Cell and the Server

    Last November we announced a new proof-of-concept datacenter that brought the power plant inside the datacenter by mounting fuel cells directly onto the datacenter’s server racks. Less than three months later, fuel cell datacenters have taken a major step forward to becoming a reality, following...
  • Blog Post: This Week in Sustainability: Smart Cities of the Future

    This week, GreenBiz outlined five predictions for how the smart grid and smart city industries will evolve by 2020. Top predictions in the article include an increase in grid resiliency and government grid regulation, especially in this era of increasing natural disasters. The article’s author...
  • Blog Post: This Week in Sustainability: New Geothermal Energy Technology and Long-Term Solutions for Battery Storage

    This week Treehugger reported on a new geothermal energy technology, which could use CO2 from fossil fuel plants to produce 10 times the electricity as traditional geothermal generation. Essentially, CO2 from fossil fuel-burning facilities would be captured and condensed into a liquid, similar to existing...
  • Blog Post: This Week in Sustainability: Energy Efficient Cloud Computing and a New Tool for Clean Energy Investment

    This week, Environmental Leader reported on how companies can compare the carbon emissions across their entire cloud ecosystem. This can help companies better manage cloud services by deciding when to use cloud services versus on-premise computing. Because cloud computing can serve more customers and...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Power Plant Inside the Datacenter

    Last week we announced a 20-year deal to purchase wind energy in Texas as part of our commitment to powering our datacenters from cleaner energy sources. But designing datacenters that use less energy is still a top priority for Microsoft. That’s why our Global Foundation Services team, in partnership...
  • 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: This Week In Sustainability: Big Data-Powered Buildings and South Korea’s New Energy-Efficient Airport

    This week GreenTech Media looked at how Washington, DC, is embracing Big Data analytics to achieve far greater energy efficiency across the city’s building stock. In partnership with Massachusetts-based FirstFuel, the U.S. capital city is aiming to make 30 million square feet of its buildings use...
  • Blog Post: This Week in Sustainability: Energy Efficient Building Software and Salt-Based Energy Storage

    This week GreenBiz reported on new web-based software from startup Ekotrope that analyzes buildings as they are designed and built. During the building process architects and engineers can compare various configurations to see which options will be the most cost-effective and most energy-efficient. So...
  • 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: This Week in Sustainability: Lightning-Powered Mobile Phones and Expanding Sustainable Businesses

    This week Treehugger reported that researchers at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom used simulated lightning to charge a Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 925. By using an alternating current that gave off over 200,000 volts they were able to charge the phone successfully in a matter...
  • Blog Post: The Opportunities in Tackling Climate Change

    Climate change is a serious challenge for our society and for businesses around the world. As a company, we are focused not only on ways for us to reduce the environmental impact of our business, but also on the important business opportunity climate change presents. We believe that climate change is...
  • 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: Powering Forward

    As regular readers of this blog know, Microsoft’s adoption of our carbon neutrality commitment and the creation of an internal carbon fee are helping drive an increase in our purchase of renewable energy and carbon offsets. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized...
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