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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.
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.
Cities were center stage at the recent UN Summit on Climate Change held in New York City. And while historically cities have been less involved at the UN level than country governments on the topic of climate change, the shift in conversation reinforced our belief that addressing climate change cannot happen without addressing our urbanizing world.
Today,the CDP, a not-for-profit organization providing a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information, released the CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2014. This year, Microsoft has been recognized as a top performer in both of its leadership indices
At Microsoft, one of the ways in which employees can contribute directly to reducing the company’s environmental footprint is through their daily commute. We continue to find ways to encourage employees to get to work in a more sustainable way. One of the ways we help reduce the number of vehicles on the road is by providing employees access to programs like The Connector, a free Puget Sound bus service that is available to all fulltime Microsoft employees.