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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 us for our leadership in purchasing nearly 1.9 billion kWh of green power. In addition to our green power purchases, we seek to drive research breakthroughs that will enable us and others in our industry to increase our use of renewable energy. We and our business partners are also working with an increasing number of customers in the renewable energy space to use the power of cloud computing to help them grow their business.
Tuesday’s State of the Union address has dominated environmental news coverage this week following President Obama’s commitment to aggressively combat climate change in his second term with investments in renewable energy and a renewed focus on boosting energy efficiency in buildings. Some other news stories this week shed light on approaches to combatting climate change, including the role of renewable energy, which received attention in a new factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and how IT is behind some of the globe’s smart cities.
This week, Seattle’s new Bullitt Center received prominent coverage as the ultra-energy efficient building moves closer to its official opening. The Center will feature a large roof covered in solar panels and a 50,000-gallon underground cistern, making it one of the greenest buildings constructed to date. Also, as Super Bowl Sunday is nearly upon us, The New York Times featured an article on its Green blog explaining how the big game affects energy use across the nation.
This week, we noticed quite a bit of interesting sustainability news about sustainability news, including how the New York Times will cover environmental issues following the shuttering of its Green Blog. Read on to learn more about the New York Times’s new climate column and how “knowledge journalists” are influencing how environmental issues are reaching the broader public.
On World Environment Day we have an opportunity to reflect on the progress made toward decreasing our environmental footprint and the environmental impact of our products. At Microsoft, we’re committed to developing software and technology that helps people and organizations reduce their impact on the environment, and today we’re proud to announce that Internet Explorer continues to be the most energy-efficient browser on Windows 8.