Microsoft talks about its environmental efforts on Earth Day 2013

Today is being celebrated as Earth Day around the world and Microsoft decided to use the opportunity to give an update on how it has been trying to improve its own internal environmental projects.

In a post on Microsoft's Green Blog, the company's Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard states, "While we still have progress to make in reducing our environmental footprint and realizing the potential of technology to address environmental challenges, I’m pleased to say that we are well on our way to making environmental sustainability a core value at Microsoft."

He points out that Microsoft has been using energy from alternative sources to power buildings and other structures, such as the biogas project that will power a data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Microsoft adds that the Environmental Protection Agency awarded Microsoft with a Green Power Partner of the Year Award in 2012.

Microsoft says that it is the second biggest organization in the U.S. that gets its power from renewable energy sources. The company claims that 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of power comes from those outlets, which is enough to handle over 80 percent of Microsoft's power needs. Bernard says that the company is also putting in energy savings features in its cloud services such as Windows Azure.

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IMHO, a green hardware is a hardware that could be used at least during a decade.
Right now, most hardware last less than 3 years then, we are forced to buy new hardware regularly, it implies to spend and pollute more.

Yea, I agree, and if the tech industry is really interested in environmental issues it should put emphasis on this.

I have nothing bad to say about Microsoft's alternative energy efforts, but it seems to me that corporations always focus on easy efforts that are good PR and don't cost them profit. Its like Starbucks, which touts how it recycles used coffee grind and coffee bags, but gives out what must be hundreds of millions of paper cups a day.

Earth Day: Founded by a murderer, and implemented to help murder developing and established countries economies one law at a time.

MikeInBA said,
Earth Day: Founded by a murderer, and implemented to help murder developing and established countries economies one law at a time.

Where did you get that from ? Tea Party Community or Wing Nut Daily

The real Earth Day started in the 70 together a lot of students / teens movements that claimed against the war, the pollution and the government.
Right now and in a nutshell, the modern Earth Day, is sponsored by the government and politician foundations in pro to create a facade against the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol, in easy words, sanction economically, States that pollutes. So, it forces economically economies to use green alternatives than to keeps polluting. It has showed several changes in different states.

The Earth Day Network is focused in the opposite, instead to fight against who pollutes, it promotes to the companies and particular that helps the ecosystem. However, since there are not control how to distribute the funds then, most of the funds goes to... well, who knows.

TPreston said,

Where did you get that from ? Tea Party Community or Wing Nut Daily

Yes!! How did you know? Dude, can we hang out? That was amazing! The other day i was all visiting "Wing Nut Daily", and was all "Hey, lets have a Tea Party get together! Man, gimme a sec, ill be back, Oreally, and Hannity are on"...lol. I love libs.

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