Microsoft Makes Commitment to Manufacturing and Supply Chain Sustainability

By Dan Sytman, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs In a post today on the Microsoft Green Blog, Director of Environmental Sustainability Josh Henretig reports that Microsoft’s supply chain for hardware and packaging received a certification from the International Organization for Standardization, which “provides practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control…


Do Castles in the Air Have Conference Rooms?

By Steve Lippman, Director, Microsoft Citizenship When I say I recently spent time with idealists, what do you picture? Young people volunteering on a political campaign? A scientist working to unlock the secrets to cleaner energy or fight a deadly disease? How about MBAs, businesspeople, investors, and leaders of startups? If you guessed the latter,…


From friendly competition to helping business save energy

Amine Chouaieb is the 27 year-old CEO of his own company CHIFCO, and a great example of what is possible when youth have both access to technology and the support needed to develop the skills to help them realize their full potential. In partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Microsoft he…


Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services group run our global data centers. As part of their work building out data centers around the world to support the growth of online services they are at the vanguard of designing large-scale facilities that are good for both the business and the environment. They’ve published their Top Ten Best Business…


Microsoft at COP17: Working together to organize environmental data

Originally posted on the Software Enabled Earth blog By Robert Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft Microsoft is in Durban, South Africa, this week for the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP17.  This year, Microsoft is teaming up with a number of organizations to demonstrate how data visualization tools can…


Computerworld names Microsoft one of top green IT organizations

Cross posted from the Software Enabled Earth blog Today IDG’s Computerworld named Microsoft as one of the top green IT organization as part of its annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature. Of the seventy organizations that participated in the ranking, Microsoft was ranked fourth. We’re very pleased to rank among other leading organization committed to environmental…


Environmental Sustainability @ Microsoft: A Progress Report

Over the past few weeks we’ve posted several important public reports on our progress advancing environmental sustainability at Microsoft, including the Environmental Sustainability chapter in our just-released 2011 Citizenship Report and our 7th annual filing with the independent Carbon Disclosure Project. With that information as a foundation, I wanted to share a few thoughts on…


WWF: Green technology for nature

There’s an increasing number of organizations focusing on making investments in communications technology and equipment that will generate savings in energy and travel costs over time. The World Wildlife Federation in Finland is doing just that. “We avoid unnecessary travel by using new communications technology effectively,” said WWF Finlands’s former finance manager, Harri Lundelin. The…


Earth Day 2011: Cloud Computing…can it help?

By Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft The global scale of climate and energy challenges is daunting. As world population approaches the 7 billion mark a growing majority people now live in cities. These billions of new urbanites need energy; energy for lights, for heating, for cooling; energy for transportation, housing and emergency services, energy…