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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 Microsoft is one of many companies recognized for its leadership in responding to climate change.
Thousands of teams from more than 70 countries around the world competed in the Imagine Cup National Finals this year, and earlier this month, 34 of those teams traveled to Seattle to compete in the Imagine Cup World Finals. Imagine Cup is an exciting, vibrant event that challenges students to use Microsoft technology to develop innovative solutions. The year-long contest gives students the opportunity to compete in three categories – Games, Innovation and World Citizenship – for a spot at the World Finals, this year held in Seattle, Washington. As part of the World Citizenship category, we saw some really interesting projects that addressed environmental sustainability issues, in particular electricity consumption.
Microsoft greatly values partnerships and recognizes that, particularly in areas that have a global impact like environmental sustainability, collaborative efforts are essential to having a greater lasting impact. Tomorrow at the GreenBiz Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, Microsoft will join others in launching the Natural Capital Business Hub, an online platform that will help facilitate collaboration between diverse companies on natural capital issues.
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, and reducing the environmental impact of our own operations and of the services and devices we offer. It also describes some of our work with customers, business partners, governments, NGOs and others to apply the power of information technology to help solve some of the world's most pressing environmental problems.
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.