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Beyond our four walls: How Microsoft is accelerating sustainability progress – Microsoft on the Issues

Our planet is changing — sea levels are rising, weather is becoming more extreme and our natural resources are being depleted faster than the earth’s ecosystems can restore them. These changes pose serious threats to the future of all life on our tiny blue dot, and they challenge us to find new solutions, work together and leverage the diversity of human potential to help right the course.

The good news is that progress is being made across the globe, and non-state actors, from cities to companies to individual citizens, are setting bold commitments and accelerating their work on climate change. But it’s also clear that we all must raise our ambitions, couple that with action and work more swiftly than ever.

At Microsoft, we fully understand and embrace this challenge. That is why, this week, at the Global Climate Action Summit, Microsoft is sharing our vision for a sustainable future — one where everyone everywhere is experiencing and deploying the power of technology to help address climate change and build a more resilient future. We are optimistic about what progress can be made because we are already seeing results of this technology-first enablement approach.

Today, we are unveiling five new tools, partnerships and the results of pilot projects that are already reducing emissions in manufacturing and advancing environmental research and showing immense potential to disrupt the building and energy sectors for a lower-emission future.

These include:

  • A new, open-source tool to find, use and incentivize lower-carbon building materials: To create low-carbon buildings, we need to choose low-carbon building materials. But right now, choosing these materials is challenging because the data is not readily available and what we do have lacks transparency to ensure it’s accurate. We are the first large corporate user of a new tool to track the carbon emissions of raw building materials, introduced by Skanska and supported by the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum, Interface and C-Change Labs, called the Embodied Carbon Calculator for Construction (EC3). We’ll use this in our new campus remodel. Our early estimates are that a low-carbon building in Seattle has approximately half the carbon emissions of an average building, so this could have a substantial impact on reducing carbon emissions in our remodel and eventually the entire built environment. We’re proud to not only be piloting it, but that this open-source tool is also running on Microsoft Azure.
  • The results of a “factory of the future” and solar-panel deployment at one of our largest suppliers of China: We partnered with our supplier’s management team to develop and install an energy-smart building solution running on Microsoft Azure to monitor and address issues as they emerge, saving energy and money. Additionally, Microsoft funded a solar panel installation, which generated more than 250,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the past fiscal year. This integrated solution is estimated to reduce emissions by approximately 3 million pounds a year.

The successful pilot of a grid-interactive energy storage battery: ​Solving storage is a critical piece of transforming the energy sector. That is why we’re excited to share the results of a new pilot in Virginia, in partnership with Eaton and PJM Interconnection. We used a battery that typically sits in our datacenter as a backup system, hooked it up to the grid to receive signals about when to take in power, when to store it and when to discharge to support the reliability of the system and integration of renewable energy. With thousands of batteries as part of our backup power systems at our datacenters, this pilot has the potential to rapidly scale storage solutions, allowing datacenters to smooth out the unpredictability of wind and solar.

  • New grantees and results from our AI for Earth program: Since we first introduced this grant, training and innovation program last year, we’ve experienced 200 percent growth. We are now supporting 137 grantees in more than 40 countries around the world, as well as doubling the number of larger featured projects we support. We’ve seen early results, too, allowing many people outside the grant program to benefit from our work, allowing us to process more than 10 trillion pixels in ten minutes and less than $50.
  • New LinkedIn online training module for sustainability, the Sustainable Learning Path: LinkedIn is providing new training courses to enable people everywhere to learn and gain job skills to participate in the clean energy economy and low-carbon future. The Sustainable Learning Path offers six hours of expert-created content; initial courses include an overview of sustainability strategies and introductions to LEED credentials and sustainable design. All six courses are unlocked until the end of October, in celebration of the Global Climate Action Summit, and can be accessed here.

While these are just the first proof points of the potential of technology to accelerate the pace of change beyond our four walls, they build on decades of sustainability progress within our operations.  These include operating 100 percent carbon neutral since 2012, purchasing more than 1 gigawatt of renewable energy on three continents, committing to reduce our operational carbon footprint by 75 percent by 2030, and a host of other initiatives. As meaningful as this operational progress is, we know it’s not enough. As a global technology company, we have a responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to help change the course of our planet.

As we look to the future, we’ll realize this opportunity in a few ways. We will use our operations as a test bed for innovation and share new insights about what works. We will work with our customers and suppliers to drive efficiencies that lead to tangible carbon reductions. We will continue to increase access to cloud and AI tools, especially among climate researchers and conservation groups, and work together to develop new tools that can be deployed by others in the field.

We are not naïve. Technology is not a panacea. Time and resources are short, and the task immense. But we refuse to believe that it is insurmountable or too late to build a better future, and we are convinced that technology can play a pivotal role in enabling that progress.

That optimism is borne out of our experience, lessons learned and the drive to create a better future that is core to Microsoft. At GCAS, I will be joined by 10 Microsoft and LinkedIn sustainability leaders, who will be sharing more details about this approach and the news outlined at panel sessions throughout the week, showcasing some of our technology solutions at events we are hosting and supporting the effort with more than 50 employees volunteering their time at GCAS. We are also proud to be an official sponsor of GCAS.

You can find our Microsoft delegation at the following events during the summit, as well as many others throughout the week. And we encourage you to follow us @Microsoft_Green for a full view of our conference activities and engagements, and the official hashtags for news of the event at #GCAS2018 #StepUp 2018.

Find Microsoft at the Global Climate Action Summit — event highlights

September 11, 8:00 a.m. PT: Sustainable Food Services Panel (LinkedIn hosting)

September 12, 9:00 a.m. PT: We Are Still In Forum

 September 12, 2:00 p.m. PT: “Energy, Transportation & Innovation – a Conversation with U.S. Climate Alliance Governors & Business Leaders” (Microsoft hosting)

  • Speaker: Shelley McKinley, General Manager for Technology and Civic Responsibility at Microsoft
  • Watch the livestream: https://aka.ms/CEO_Governors_Live and use #USCAxGCAS to submit questions on Twitter during the event

September 13, 9:00 a.m. PT: World Economic Forum: 4th IR for Earth

  • Speaker: Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft

September 13, 1:30 p.m. PT: GCAS Breakout Session – “What We Eat and How It’s Grown: Food Systems and Climate”

September 13, 3:00 p.m. PT: Meeting the Paris Goal: Strategies for Carbon Neutrality (Microsoft hosting)

  • Speaker: Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Lead

September 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. PT: We Are Still In Reception at Microsoft

September 14, 8:30 a.m. PT: Clean Energy in Emerging Markets (Microsoft hosting)

September 14, 11:00 a.m. PT: Climate Action Career Fair (LinkedIn hosting)

  • Speaker: Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer

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For Sale – MacBook Pro TouchBar (Late 2016), 2 x LG 4K UltraFine, eGPU Dock & Accessories

I’m having a clear out and changing my setup so got a very nice Apple developer/designer setup to sell. I have moved my office into a bigger room and still with my Desktop, XPS15 and this I still don’t have enough room.

MacBook Pro 15” TouchBar (16GB/i7/256GB SSD) – Boxed

Accessories
Thule 15” Bag
Apple Magic Mouse 2
512GB USB-C SSD
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet
USB-C Adapter
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Hyper++Drive USB-C Hub (from Kick Starter)
Marble DBRAND Skin (Top & Bottom)
Leather Sleeve Case (not official)

Sonnet 350W eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Dock (no gpu)

2 x LG USB-C 4K Monitors (boxed)

This is a very good setup, stick a RX 580 in the eGPU and you’ve got a very powerful environment suitable for VR or Video Editing.

Looking for £2750 for everything.

I would consider selling both monitors separately for £750.

Price and currency: 2750
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Payment method: CASH/BT
Location: Warrington
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Google location tracking continues even when turned off

Turning off Google location tracking may not be as simple as changing one setting to “off,” according to new research.

The unexpected Google location tracking behavior on Android and iOS devices was revealed by an Associated Press (AP) investigation and confirmed by computer science researchers at Princeton University. The issue was first raised in a blog post by K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkley, in May 2018. Shankari kept note of prompts sent by Google to rate places or submit pictures to Google Maps, even though Google Location History was turned off on her device.

The AP investigation found that even with Google location tracking turned off, certain apps will take a timestamped snapshot of the user’s location and store that data when the user performs a search, opens Google Maps, or checks the weather.

The confusion stems from the different ways users have to control Google location tracking services. The Google Location History support page claims, “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” However, when turning off the Location History setting via a user’s Google My Activity page, a pop-up notes, “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps.”

Turning off Google Location Services on a mobile device can cause apps to misbehave, so Google told the AP that the real fix for users would be to also turn off location tracking in Google’s “Web and App Activity” settings.

“Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit, delete, or turn it off at any time. As the story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions,” a Google spokesperson wrote in an email.

Tim Mackey, technology evangelist at Synopsys, said this was an issue akin to saying “if my mother can’t figure out what it does, or how to turn it off, it’s too complicated.”

“The expectation of the consumer for an off switch is what matters most. Users wish their location be kept private indicate this preference through the Location History setting. That any given application might have independent settings for location related data is how an application developer or vendor approaches the problem,” Mackey wrote via email. “When we recognize that our digital footprint is effectively a personally identifying attribute, access to that attribute becomes more valuable. This is true for malicious actors who can use location information to determine not only patterns of behavior for their targets, but know when to best commit their crime. This is also true for law enforcement seeking to identify suspects following the commission of a crime. In each of these examples, the same location and identity data can be used for good or for ill to identify an individual.”

For Sale – MacBook Pro TouchBar (Late 2016), 2 x LG 4K UltraFine, eGPU Dock & Accessories

I’m having a clear out and changing my setup so got a very nice Apple developer/designer setup to sell. I have moved my office into a bigger room and still with my Desktop, XPS15 and this I still don’t have enough room.

MacBook Pro 15” TouchBar (16GB/i7/256GB SSD) – Boxed

Accessories
Thule 15” Bag
Apple Magic Mouse 2
512GB USB-C SSD
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet
USB-C Adapter
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Hyper++Drive USB-C Hub (from Kick Starter)
Marble DBRAND Skin (Top & Bottom)
Leather Sleeve Case (not official)

Sonnet 350W eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Dock (no gpu)

2 x LG USB-C 4K Monitors (boxed)

This is a very good setup, stick a RX 580 in the eGPU and you’ve got a very powerful environment suitable for VR or Video Editing.

Looking for £2750 for everything.

I would consider selling both monitors separately for £750.

Price and currency: 2750
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: CASH/BT
Location: Warrington
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro TouchBar (Late 2016), 2 x LG 4K UltraFine, eGPU Dock & Accessories

I’m having a clear out and changing my setup so got a very nice Apple developer/designer setup to sell. I have moved my office into a bigger room and still with my Desktop, XPS15 and this I still don’t have enough room.

MacBook Pro 15” TouchBar (16GB/i7/256GB SSD) – Boxed

Accessories
Thule 15” Bag
Apple Magic Mouse 2
512GB USB-C SSD
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet
USB-C Adapter
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Hyper++Drive USB-C Hub (from Kick Starter)
Marble DBRAND Skin (Top & Bottom)
Leather Sleeve Case (not official)

Sonnet 350W eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Dock (no gpu)

2 x LG USB-C 4K Monitors (boxed)

This is a very good setup, stick a RX 580 in the eGPU and you’ve got a very powerful environment suitable for VR or Video Editing.

Looking for £2750 for everything.

I would consider selling both monitors separately for £750.

Price and currency: 2750
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: CASH/BT
Location: Warrington
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro TouchBar (Late 2016), 2 x LG 4K UltraFine, eGPU Dock & Accessories

I’m having a clear out and changing my setup so got a very nice Apple developer/designer setup to sell. I have moved my office into a bigger room and still with my Desktop, XPS15 and this I still don’t have enough room.

MacBook Pro 15” TouchBar (16GB/i7/256GB SSD) – Boxed

Accessories
Thule 15” Bag
Apple Magic Mouse 2
512GB USB-C SSD
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet
USB-C Adapter
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Hyper++Drive USB-C Hub (from Kick Starter)
Marble DBRAND Skin (Top & Bottom)
Leather Sleeve Case (not official)

Sonnet 350W eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Dock (no gpu)

2 x LG USB-C 4K Monitors (boxed)

This is a very good setup, stick a RX 580 in the eGPU and you’ve got a very powerful environment suitable for VR or Video Editing.

Looking for £2750 for everything.

I would consider selling both monitors separately for £750.

Price and currency: 2750
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: CASH/BT
Location: Warrington
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro TouchBar (Late 2016), 2 x LG 4K UltraFine, eGPU Dock & Accessories

I’m having a clear out and changing my setup so got a very nice Apple developer/designer setup to sell. I have moved my office into a bigger room and still with my Desktop, XPS15 and this I still don’t have enough room.

MacBook Pro 15” TouchBar (16GB/i7/256GB SSD) – Boxed

Accessories
Thule 15” Bag
Apple Magic Mouse 2
512GB USB-C SSD
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet
USB-C Adapter
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Hyper++Drive USB-C Hub (from Kick Starter)
Marble DBRAND Skin (Top & Bottom)
Leather Sleeve Case (not official)

Sonnet 350W eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Dock (no gpu)

2 x LG USB-C 4K Monitors (boxed)

This is a very good setup, stick a RX 580 in the eGPU and you’ve got a very powerful environment suitable for VR or Video Editing.

Looking for £2750 for everything.

I would consider selling both monitors separately for £750.

Price and currency: 2750
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: CASH/BT
Location: Warrington
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro TouchBar (Late 2016), 2 x LG 4K UltraFine, eGPU Dock & Accessories

I’m having a clear out and changing my setup so got a very nice Apple developer/designer setup to sell. I have moved my office into a bigger room and still with my Desktop, XPS15 and this I still don’t have enough room.

MacBook Pro 15” TouchBar (16GB/i7/256GB SSD) – Boxed

Accessories
Thule 15” Bag
Apple Magic Mouse 2
512GB USB-C SSD
Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
Thunderbolt 2 Ethernet
USB-C Adapter
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Hyper++Drive USB-C Hub (from Kick Starter)
Marble DBRAND Skin (Top & Bottom)
Leather Sleeve Case (not official)

Sonnet 350W eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Dock (no gpu)

2 x LG USB-C 4K Monitors (boxed)

This is a very good setup, stick a RX 580 in the eGPU and you’ve got a very powerful environment suitable for VR or Video Editing.

Looking for £2750 for everything.

I would consider selling both monitors separately for £750.

Price and currency: 2750
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: CASH/BT
Location: Warrington
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – HP Z820 WORKSTATION BIG SPEC

I am parting with my ‘audio workstation’ due to changing to a more gaming orientated system instead. Its a HP Z820 in excellent condition and for those that didn’t know, this is a professional class workstation designed to run and work without any hiccups.

Specs as follows:

HP Z820

  • 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2667v2 8 Core CPU’s (16 cores / 32 threads total) 3.3Ghz base speed, 3.6Ghz all core turbo.
  • 128GB 1600Mhz ECC Registered DDR3 Memory
  • Integrated LSI RAID Controller
  • 2 x 1TB Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD’s (I ran these in RAID 0)
  • 1 x Seagate Barracuda 4TB HDD
  • 1 spare drive bay
  • Nvidia Quadro 4000 2GB Graphics Card (2 x display port out)
  • 1125w PSU
  • Thunderbolt 2 Expansion card
  • DVD Multireader/writer

Will be supplied with a clean install of Windows 10.

This system is a powerhouse and has been used for the past 6 months as my audio workstation (pro tools, reaper, foobar music collection etc). However it must go as I wan’t to fund a lower profile gaming orientated build instead.

I also have the thunderbolt 2 add in card installed as this has been connected to my Focusrite Clarett 8PreX interface.

Thanks for looking

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Price and currency: £1500
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash or Bank Transfer.
Location: Basingstoke
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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The cloud-enabled workforce: Prepping IT staff for success

In the world of IT, change is the new normal. Consider cloud computing: The cloud is not just changing how IT works, but also driving a shift in desired IT skill sets.

Modern-day IT staff needs to acquire a new set of domain skills for process automation, architecture, resource optimization and cost management to drive cloud-based initiatives, according to a recent guide published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council about how to help grow and develop a cloud-enabled workforce.

Fostering a cloud-enabled workforce also helps drive agility, efficiency and transformation, said Jeff Boleman, cloud lead and cognitive architect at IBM and a contributor to the guide. Boleman cited a CEB survey that forecasted a dramatic increase in the need for security and cloud hosting skills, making the development of a skilled, cloud-enabled workforce more pertinent than ever.

“It’s really about training, because, at the end of the day, you are owning what you do as a company; you need to be responsible for it and take charge of it,” he said during a recent webinar.

Developing a framework for cloud skills training: Six steps

Any strategy for ongoing cloud skills training should ideally align with the organization’s cloud transformation plans or an existing cloud strategy, said Lisa Schenkewitz, executive IT architect at IBM and a co-contributor to the guide. 

The first step to develop a cloud-enabled workforce requires understanding the existing culture. This necessitates an awareness of organizational values and the way people interact, as well as a basic understanding of what it is like to actually work in the organization, Schenkewitz explained.

“You can use that knowledge as a framework to understand other aspects of the company, such as how easy is it to change IT processes … and [get] a basic understanding of what it is to be on the cloud on the leadership level,” Schenkewitz said.

The next step is to understand the skills that are needed. Traditional IT skills might not be required in the new cloud environment, she said. Non-IT skills that might prove valuable include contract management, business process change and accounting experience, as well as domain knowledge for operations in the cloud, like DevSecOps, IT frameworks and IT governance processes, she said.

Adopt a consistent, intentional program to communicate, celebrate, sustain and embrace the habits of ongoing skills training.
Lisa Schenkewitzexecutive IT architect at IBM

Step three is to understand the organization’s existing skills and where the gaps exist. When talking to different team members, consider questions such as what existing skills can be used, whether there is an opportunity or desire for retraining and what skills are missing entirely, she suggested.

Organizations can then move on to understand and identify what needs to be remediated in order to be successful. Once a complete examination of the skills and process gaps is done, a plan can be devised to remediate them, she said.

Remediation planning and execution comes next. Schenkewitz advised looking for ways to effectively engage current team members and develop ways to attract new talents and skills, like offering internships and apprenticeships.

The final step is to be ready to embrace change.

“It’s going to be an ongoing rollercoaster ride,” she said. “But the most important thing to remember is to adopt a consistent, intentional program to communicate, celebrate, sustain and embrace the habits of ongoing skills training.”

Best practices for cloud skills training

William Van Order, fellow emeritus, Lockheed MartinWilliam Van Order

Letting IT take a key role in crafting some of the cloud education programs is essential, according to William Van Order, computer systems architect and fellow emeritus at Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md.

Apart from taking advantage of the wide range of knowledge-sharing tools in existence, he encouraged companies to “leverage as much of what you find out of the box in terms of training content,” but customize that basic training to fit their needs, added Van Order, who also led the development of the guide.

Recognizing the accomplishment of those who are willing to take control of their career development is also paramount, he said.

“Make sure that you integrate learning and knowledge training objectives into the performance objectives of your key staff so that you can measure that and recognize that,” he said. “That really sends a positive message to the workforce.”