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We all know that food is one of the basic elements of survival. And yet the world is transitioning from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity, driven in part by population growth and rising affluence, as well as growing water shortages and the earth’s rising temperature. In response to this concern, Microsoft and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have teamed up to address Food Resilience, one of the themes of the White House’s Climate Data Initiative.
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, and culture.. The week was kicked off by a company forum where leadership set priorities for the year, followed by a two-day company-wide Hackathon and a two-day Product Fair where internal Microsoft groups had the opportunity to talk face-to-face with employees about the exciting work they are doing.
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 to radically improve efficiency. We are excited to announce that yesterday, the new Data Plant officially opened with a “cable-cutting” ceremony at the water treatment facility that will be used to power the Data Plant.