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  • Blog Post: UN-HABITAT partners with Microsoft CityNext to address the challenge of 60 million new residents moving to cities each year

    Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat. Cities around the world are growing at a rapid pace with no sign of slowing down. More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which is estimated to increase to 70 percent...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft Last week, in my “Earth Day 2012: A progress report” blog post , I was happy to report that, through a combination of energy efficiency measures and an investment in high-quality externally verified renewable energy and carbon...
  • Blog Post: Technology Is Enabling a Green Business Revolution in Europe

    Posted by John Vassallo Vice President, EU Affairs This week I have been lucky to be one of a handful of business executives speaking at the European Union’s Green Week conference in Brussels . A recurring theme among all attendees, whether from business, politics, science or non-governmental...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Citizenship, in Good Times and Bad

    Posted by Pamela Passman Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs Corporate Citizenship means different things to different people. At Microsoft, it means doing business in a way that both creates business value and benefits society. In the same way that we push ourselves to create new technologies...
  • Blog Post: Look For Us at Rio+20

    Posted by Josh Henretig Director, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development , otherwise known as Rio+20, will kick off this week from June 12 to June 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The objective of Rio+20 is to secure renewed political commitment...
  • Blog Post: Reporting In from the Corporate Sustainability Forum at RIO+20

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft Over the weekend, we participated in the UN Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum , the main private sector convening forum at Rio+20. The forum kicked off on Friday with a video message and welcome from UN Secretary-General Ban...
  • Blog Post: Partnering With Customers – and Competitors - on Green IT

    Posted by Steve Lippman Director, Environmental Engagement Strategy As part of our capacity-building efforts with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits, Microsoft recently partnered with TechSoup Global to present a set of webinars with green technology guidance specifically tailored...
  • Blog Post: The Environmental Benefits of Moving to the Cloud

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist As the head of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, I lead a team that thinks about issues around energy use and the implications that a move to the cloud will have on both worldwide energy use and carbon emissions. Some of the questions that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at COP17: Working Together to Organize Environmental Data

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft Microsoft is in Durban, South Africa, this week for the 17 th 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...
  • Blog Post: Embracing Disruption and Standards for the Sake of a Smart Grid

    Posted by Mark Ryland National Standards Officer (USA) Today is World Standards Day, a celebration whose theme this year is “Tackling climate change through standards.” I can’t help but think back a few days to a nondescript hotel conference room in a suburb of Washington, D.C. About...
  • Blog Post: Which state will be next to recognize computer science as a math or science credit in high school?

    Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Yesterday, Washington took an important step in helping create new opportunities for our state’s children and our economy. At Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, I had the opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shares Perspective on Climate Change Policy

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft As I recently blogged , Microsoft has a delegation participating in the 17 th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP17 . With those negotiations ongoing, we thought it was a good time to pull together...
  • Blog Post: Reducing Microsoft’s Carbon Footprint

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist ( Re-posted from Software Enabled Earth , Microsoft’s environmental sustainability blog ) 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...
  • Blog Post: New Innovations in IT Support Environmental Sustainability in Africa

    Posted by Frank McCosker Managing Director, Microsoft Global Strategic Accounts This week, I’m in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Chief Executive Briefing, where Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, launched the UN’s new energy neutral Nairobi office building. The building is the...
  • Blog Post: An Earth Day Perspective: Unlocking Energy Savings with Cloud Computing

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft In the 40 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, the annual event has become a time not only for individuals, but also for companies, government agencies and organizations of all sizes to affirm their environmental commitments...
  • Blog Post: Why Cloud Computing Is Efficient Computing

    Posted by Josh Henretig Director, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Over the weekend, the New York Times began publishing a series that looks at the environmental and local economic impacts of cloud computing. We’ve posted our perspective on these issues on the Global Foundation Services...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Back: Microsoft at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist Two weeks ago, I laid out some of the reasons I and a team of technology and issue experts from Microsoft were traveling to Copenhagen to support the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15). We’ve recently returned to Seattle, and we’re...
  • Blog Post: Using New and Existing Technologies to Advance Environmental Sustainability

    Posted by Steve Lippman Director of Environmental Engagement This Earth Day, I am in Washington, D.C. with colleagues from Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team responding to increasing requests from policymakers, customers, researchers and others seeking insights about how information technology...
  • Blog Post: Earth Day 2012: A Progress Report

    Posted by Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft Three years ago, Microsoft adopted a broad environmental strategy that included commitments both to reduce the impact of our operations and products and to accelerate the use of information technology in addressing serious environmental...