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In recent years Microsoft has increased its awareness and activities around sustainability, from our corporate headquarters in Redmond to our furthest reaching offices around the world. With this commitment, we’ve seen an increased interest from employees across the company in sustainable projects and efforts taking place both at Microsoft and also in other industries. Mark Reynolds, a Microsoft education sales manager in the UK, recently shared an interesting project that is focused on powering technology in the classroom through solar energy, and that has the potential to improve the way technology-enhanced learning is delivered globally.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are pleased to report that Microsoft’s supply chain for hardware and packaging (Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Information Services (MSCIS)) was ISO 14001 certified this month. Though we have had a longstanding commitment to supply chain sustainability, including a strict Supplier Code of Conduct that requires Microsoft suppliers to demonstrate social and environmental responsibility, this level of certification represents a new commitment to minimizing the environmental footprint of our hardware and packaging.
This past week the Computational Ecology and Environmental Sciences (CEES) group at Microsoft Research released ZooTracer, a desktop tool that can be used to trace animal movement through consumer video equipment. ZooTracer is one example of a project that helps scientists better understand the migration patterns and behavior analysis of animals, bees and other species in habitats around the world. This animal tracking tool is an important step to address and understand fundamental ecological and environmental problems.
While they may sit on opposite sides of the world, Singapore and the UK have a lot in common, especially when it comes to sustainability. Read on to learn more about a new tidal power device from a UK-based company and how Singapore is becoming a “living laboratory” for sustainability.
Microsoft greatly values partnerships and recognizes that, particularly in areas that have a global impact like environmental sustainability, collaborative efforts are essential to having a greater lasting impact. Tomorrow at the GreenBiz Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, Microsoft will join others in launching the Natural Capital Business Hub, an online platform that will help facilitate collaboration between diverse companies on natural capital issues.