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    Approaching Zero-Waste in Microsoft Dining Facilities

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    imageAt Microsoft, we have an opportunity to shift the needle on corporate sustainability practices at many levels due to our size. This extends beyond initiatives such as our carbon neutrality commitment, our work in IT efficiency and our efforts to create green data centers. This is even true in Microsoft’s dining facilities, which recently achieved the distinction of being near-zero waste by diverting 99 percent of food waste to recycling and compost.

    While we’re primarily known as a devices and services company, our Redmond campus is similar to a medium-sized city with more than 50,000 employees. That explains why in addition to making Xbox and Windows, Microsoft is also certified by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national organization founded in 1990 to provide a convenient and cost-effective way for restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers to become more environmentally responsible.

    The GRA’s certification system is based on points given for seven criteria: water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable furnishings and building materials, sustainable food, energy, disposables, and chemical and pollution reduction. Microsoft is the first corporate dining program to receive the 3-star certification and is working toward four stars.

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    This Week In Sustainability –Sustainable Transportation and Smart Cities in India

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    This week, The Energy Collective , a blog on energy and climate, posted an article on smart cities and smart grids. The article looks at how transportation can be made more sustainable by moving people and goods in a cleaner, safer, greener, and healthier...
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    Thanks to Solar Energy, Microsoft Provides Broadband Access to Rural Kenya

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    clip_image004Today Microsoft is announcing a public-private collaboration that will deliver low-cost, off-the-grid wireless broadband access to previously unserved locations in rural Kenya—and will do it with the help of solar power.

    To deliver broadband to rural locations, the project taps into unused portions of wireless spectrum in the television frequency band—it turns out these so-called “white spaces” are a perfect fit for broadband. Microsoft is delivering broadband access—which will serve a healthcare clinic, schools, a library, and government offices—in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenyan internet service provider Indigo and U.S.-based wireless startup Adaptrum. The project will provide wireless broadband to more than 6,000 people who currently don’t have online access. It’s all part of a broad effort called the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative unveiled today, which you can read more about here.

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    Do Good with Windows 8 for Social Good Contest

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    If you have an idea for how to increase energy efficiency, track vehicle mileage or inform greener consumer choices through a mobile app, we’d love to see your ideas. Microsoft is unveiling an exciting new contest today to make a positive impact by developing...
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    Looking Ahead to RIO+20

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    Last week I was in London speaking at an event hosted by the Aldersgate Group exploring the practical outcomes that business leaders would like to see governments agree to at RIO+20. The Aldersgate Group invited nine major businesses across a range of...
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