Microsoft Commitment to Environmental Sustainability Fact Sheet

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    Microsoft Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

    Fact Sheet

    June 2007

    Microsoft Corp. is committed to environmental sustainability and continuously works to explore and implement new ways to preserve and improve the environment. Environmental efforts at Microsoft are focused in two key areas:

    ; Applying Microsoft technology expertise to help solve environmental challenges ; Reducing the company's environmental footprint

    Applying Microsoft Expertise and Industry Position to Environmental Challenges ; Technology solutions. Microsoft believes that technology significantly contributes to

    promoting environmental sustainability. It has worked with organizations such as the

    Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the

    Natural Resources Defense Council to build solutions that enable consumers, businesses, and

    governments to improve their environmental footprints.

    ?o The newest Microsoft operating system, Windows Vista, is the company's most energy-

    efficient operating system to date. It features significant changes to power management

    infrastructure, functionality, and default settings that can reduce computer energy

    consumption.

    o Microsoft and the Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative are partnering to develop a suite

    of technology tools that will enable cities around the world to accurately monitor,

    compare, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Microsoft, together with a

    consortium of partners, will develop a single Web solution to help cities clearly

    understand their environmental footprint. With this information, cities can make better

    choices as they aim to improve their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The

    new Web-based software tools will be provided free to cities and will be available by the

    end of 2007.

    ?o Microsoft is a leader in the development of collaboration solutions, such as Microsoft ?? Office Live Meeting, SharePoint, and Microsoft Office Groove2007. These

    technologies enable virtual meetings, thereby reducing the need for the physical transfer

    of documents and business travel.

    o Microsoft Dynamics? is developing an environmental dashboard, using the familiar

    interface of Microsoft Office, that will enable companies to manage data about

    greenhouse gases, as well as other sustainability-related data. The dashboard will work

    with other Microsoft Dynamics business management solutions.

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    ? is the exclusive online media partner for Save Our Selves (SOS) The Campaign o MSN

    for a Climate in Crisis. SOS is designed to trigger a global movement to combat the

    climate crisis. It will reach people in every corner of the planet through television, film,

    radio, the Internet, and Live Earth, a 24-hour concert on 7/7/07 across all 7 continents.

    o Microsoft participation in Live Earth will further its impact on individuals through the

    power and reach of the MSN network. With services in 42 markets and 21 languages,

    MSN reaches millions of people who want to be informed and engaged. With its

    extensive global reach, MSN will help educate people around the world about ways they

    can take action and make a difference in working toward a more sustainable environment. ; Addressing e-waste. Millions of potentially useful personal computers are literally going to

    waste, and Microsoft believes that software can play a role in prolonging the life of computer

    hardware. The company is committed to enhancing the reusability of computers and other

    devices so that they are kept in use as long as possible. Microsoft promotes computer

    recycling through its own Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) and Digital Pipeline (DP)

    programs. Tips on how to donate computer equipment are available at

    o Through the MAR and DP programs, Microsoft helps extend the life of older retired

    computers by providing low-cost licenses for Microsoft software. Both MAR and DP

    require that computers that are granted a low-cost license be recycled.

    o The MAR program in the United States has supported more than 400 refurbishers and has

    supplied more than 60,000 licenses. Microsoft now operates the MAR program all over

    the world to help educational establishments and charitable organizations access the

    technology they need. Information on how to contact a MAR is available at

    ; Vendor requirements. As a global company manufacturing all over the world, Microsoft

    requires that all vendors abide by the applicable environmental laws and follow

    environmental practices that reflect the spirit of those laws.

Reducing the Company’s Environmental Footprint

    Microsoft is focused on improving the impact its business operations have on the environment. It is a leader in several areas, particularly at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. In the Puget Sound region, Microsoft has been recognized by the EPA for its employee commuting programs, which provide environmentally sound options for the more than 35,000 employees who work in the region.

; Increased power efficiency at data centers. Microsoft has many data center locations

    throughout the world. Given the costs expected from growth in these data centers, Microsoft

    is focused on maximizing efficiencies. The Data Center Services team closely monitors and

    manages current power consumption and the design of future data centers.

    o The largest Microsoft data center to date, in Quincy, Washington, is an example of the

    way the company is building for the future.

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    ; It was designed to have minimal or no carbon footprint, with hydropower as its

    primary source of energy. Hydropower is a clean-air and renewable resource from the

    Columbia River Basin.

    ; The data center will maximize its use of green building technology under the

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED

    Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for

    developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

    o Microsoft is also researching new energy options and technologies that will bring about even greater efficiencies. Working closely with energy companies, Microsoft is exploring a variety of power generation and transmission technologiessome that have long been

    used in large industrial processes but have never been applied to data centers.

    ; Responsible Building Design and Global Operations

    o Microsoft invests in new technology to ensure that its buildings are efficient and take advantage of alternative energy opportunities. In the United States, its new buildings use 10 percent to 15 percent less energy than older buildings do, as it participates in the EPA LEED program. All new construction is being built to the Silver LEED standards.

    ; In April 2006, Microsoft formally dedicated a system of 2,288 solar panels that cover

    31,000 square feet of rooftop area at its campus in Mountain View, California. This

    system generates 480 kilowatts of power at peak capacity, enough energy to supply

    approximately 15 percent of the campuss total energy needs.

    ; Microsoft UK purchases 100 percent renewable electricity at the main office in

    Thames Valley Park and plans to extend this renewable resource to all other offices in

    the United Kingdom when development is complete.

    ; At the new Microsoft campus in Hyderabad, India, double-glazed windows and

    sunshades reduce reliance on air conditioning (AC), lights turn off automatically if

    offices are unoccupied for more than 10 minutes, and a reservoir recycles 36,000

    cubic meters of rainwater to irrigate the 48-acre campus and to run energy-efficient,

    water-cooled AC units.

    o Microsoft is researching ways to improve product packaging by using environmentally friendly options and decreasing the amount of disposable packaging. Through participation in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a cross-industry group of more than 100 global companies, Microsoft created packaging made out of recycled plastic beverage containers for the Microsoft Streets and Trips GPS case.

    ; The company has been recognized by leading environmental organizations, such as

    the EPA, for using sustainable packaging concepts from the packaging industry for

    several products.

    o Microsoft also designs its software and hardware products to ensure that they comply with worldwide environmental regulations. It does not use heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, in packaging or plastics for any Microsoft products, and it also restricts the use of toxic substances in its manufacturing operations.

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    ; Elimination of PVC. Microsoft eliminated polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all its

    packaging, effective December 31, 2005. Microsoft collaborated with organizations

    such as the Center for Health, Environment and Justice to understand the issues

    around PVC, and it worked with its channel partners to identify and implement

    alternative solutions to its use. Through these efforts, the company was able to

    remove PVC from product packaging by using a recyclable material and to reduce the

    use of plastic clamshells on its products by 70 percent. Based on historical product

    shipments, these recent measures will reduce PVC packaging over the next two years

    by more than 1.6 million pounds.

    ; Recycling and conservation. Microsoft has an extensive recycling and conservation

    program at its corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington, that reduces waste and conserves resources at all the company facilities. The company also recycles old computers, monitors, servers, and other surplus electronics. In addition, Microsoft participates in programs throughout the world that refurbish thousands of computers every year and donate them to schools and nongovernmental organizations.

Examples include the following:

    o Water. An advanced irrigation system at the Redmond campus saves about 11 million

    gallons annually.

    o Paper. At the Redmond campus, paper is required to contain 35 percent recycled content.

    Copiers default to double-sided use, so less paper is used.

    o Waste. In Redmond, the company recycles an average of 141 tons of material monthly

    (about 7.5 tons every workday), including glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, paper,

    organic waste, wood pallets, and copper wire cabling. These items are tracked so that

    their consumption can be monitored. It also recycles a minimum of 50 percent of the

    construction waste associated with the development of its new buildings. Employees are

    active in recycling waste and find it easy to incorporate recycling into their everyday


    ; Employee transit. Microsoft is striving to increase the number of employees who use alternate and efficient modes of transportation, and the company has been recognized as a leader in this area. In 2006, Microsoft received an award from the EPA as the second-best workplace for commuters among Fortune 500 companies. At many campuses, the company offers public transportation passes to its employees and assists with the arranging of van sharing and carpools and reductions in cost of bicycle maintenance.

    Examples include the following:

    o In the Redmond area, Microsoft has increased the commuter group to 30 percent of all

    employees, representing more than 11,000 commuters in Puget Sound. Microsoft

    subsidizes the cost and has a comprehensive commute program. It gives a free FlexPass

    to all full-time employees, gives carpool and van sharing incentives, and offers lockers

    and showers for bikers and walkers. In addition, the company offers flexible work

    schedules and a guaranteed ride-home program.

    o It has a fleet of 41 hybrid vehicles that are used for shuttle service on campus.

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    o In addition, Microsoft is in the process of converting the campus-wide shuttle program to

    hybrid vehicles, replacing the larger vans and buses currently used.


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