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    Microsoft’s Carbon Offset Strategy: Making a Difference One Project at a Time

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    One of the great joys of my job, and something that motivates me to come to work every day, is the idea that our work can make a difference.  In the past year, our team, along with NGO partners and carbon offset companies, have spent a tremendous amount of time trying to decide how best to leverage Microsoft’s carbon neutral funds. Today, I am pleased to share with you some of the projects we are funding.

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    Reducing Microsoft’s carbon footprint

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    Today, our CEO Steve Ballmer sent an e-mail to all Microsoft employees about Microsoft’s long-term commitment to increase our focus around environmental sustainability. As Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, I’m humbled and excited that Steve...
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    Microsoft Signing Long-Term Deal to Buy Wind Energy in Texas

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    Last year we announced that Microsoft would make a commitment to become carbon neutral. The cornerstone of that commitment was an internal carbon fee that’s designed to increase the company’s costs for using carbon-based forms of energy. An intended result? Buying more renewable energy and becoming more energy efficient. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are moving forward with purchasing renewable energy directly.  We have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Texas that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee.

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    Join Microsoft at The Green Grid Forum 2013

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    The Green Grid Member logoMicrosoft plays an important role as a board member company of The Green Grid, the premier global organization focused on improving resource efficiency in information technology and data centers. As such, I’d like to encourage you to attend The Green Grid Forum 2013on March 5-6 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. 

    This conference will feature 30+ sessions on financial and operational efficiencies, the value of collaborative regulatory activity, the opportunities and challenges of big data, and software and IT efficiencies. This includes topics such as carbon regulation and taxation, the data center maturity model, the human face of big data, member case studies, etc. Plus, there will be many opportunities to network with data center resource efficiency experts.

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    Will ICT Transform Resource Use in 2014? Five Sustainability Predictions for 2014

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    2013 was a busy year for sustainability activities: more companies purchased more green energy, we saw advances in wind and solar penetration and efficiency, “natural capital” became a better defined and more prominent phrase, and environmental...
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