Microsoft dedicated to going green
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Microsoft dedicated to going green

When it comes to going green, IT firms shouldn't focus solely on developing environmentally friendly solutions. While this is certainly important, carbon footprint of the organization's operations also matter. Today, some of the top tech businesses are embracing clean energy, and some are even getting creative about how they work it into their budgets.

Microsoft recently announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the software firm as being among the nation's most environmentally conscious companies. Microsoft ranked second on the Green Power Partnership Top 50 list, the second time it has appeared on the rankings. 

The EPA noted that the leading technology firm gets 80 percent of its energy from clean sources, purchasing close to 1.9 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of this power. Microsoft noted that just last year, it only purchased 1.1 billion kWh of green energy.

The company's high ranking is a testament to its dedication to lowering its impact on the environment. According to a 2012 announcement, Microsoft set its sights on becoming completely carbon neutral through a strict and creative plan. All business groups now have to fit the price of carbon into their budgets, as well as pay a fee for each metric ton of emissions they produce. In turn, those penalties are funneled into a central account set aside for Microsoft to purchase green power and carbon offsets.