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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