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This evening, Microsoft will receive an award from Washington State University’s “Washington Industrial Energy Leaders” for our work around energy-smart buildings. The awards honor companies in Washington State that are making exceptional progress towards improved energy efficiency.
The initial design for a building or an event is the first step in any plan. It enables you to set the groundwork for what’s to come. That’s why design and sustainability are a natural fit when working to shape the future and be more environmentally friendly. Both building design and innovative technology design are prime examples and that’s exactly why two stories caught our attention this week. Read on to learn more about an innovative design that could double the power of solar cells and how a California startup is bringing sustainable design software to startups.
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 Commonwealth Club with thought leaders from various industries to explore the environmental and economic impacts of deforestation.
Deforestation represents a large environmental issue: it is the source of 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere as 35 million acres of forest are destroyed through slash and burn agriculture, logging and charcoal production. The impact is economic as well as environmental.
New innovation to increase computing efficiency has exploded over the past decade. No longer does all of your information have to be stored on a hard drive, but instead cloud computing has enabled companies to operate applications in the cloud with a much lower carbon footprint. Read on to learn more about how companies are shifting to the cloud to reduce carbon emissions and a new mapping tool that uses Big Data to help businesses identify new opportunities for clean energy investment.