From Surface, Windows, and even Xbox, Microsoft is very well known for its products. The company, however, has also recently shown interest in staying green and clean. Last month the Redmond giant hired a former Starbucks employee for their sustainability team, and then later made contributions to the Seattle zoo to help the zoo reduce its carbon footprint. With Earth Day now coming up, Microsoft is now adding even more to their list of green movements and is attempting to help save the planet with a new CityNext initiative.
Under the new initiative, Microsoft will be working with partners throughout the U.S. to bring environmental solutions to help transform cities into more sustainable and prosperous places to live. The initiative will bring together cloud, big data, mobile and social technologies to cut costs so that taxpayer money can be spent on critical government services.
An example of CityNext partnerships for the initiative include Enterprise Infrastructure, which uses a cloud-based power management solution to save power and save on consumption costs in a budget. Microsoft is also claiming that this company’s eiPower Cloud Service runs on the Microsoft Azure Government cloud, and can reduce the overall power consumptions of computers in office buildings. Their services can ultimately provide a 55% reduction in energy consumption and a savings of $10-$65 per computer.
Enterprise Infrastructure Partners is currently working in the MidWest and in California to implement some of their services. Ultimately, and for a better planet for us all, the goal of this Microsoft initiative is an integrated approach. Aims of the initiative include achieving goals of elected officials, bring stability to the country, and cut down on energy consumption and costs.
Earth Day, falling this year on April 22nd, is fast approaching, so we would love to hear what you think of this initiative. Be sure to comment below and sound off on this new initiative.Further reading: Azure, Earth Day, Microsoft, sustainability