As I mentioned in my last post, after the insightful and inspirational morning panels at the Executives' Club of Chicago Conference, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft Corporation. What does the Chief Environmental Strategist do? Rob works with both internal and external constituents to help reduce their overall impact on the environment, whether it's software, hardware, or business processes. Here's a quick Q&A Rob was able to provide in between the morning panels and a client meeting he had to run off to.
- So Rob, how did you get into this position and what were you doing prior to this position?
I've been working at Microsoft for 11 years. I was working on a project called Project 2 Degrees at Microsoft before they created this position. Now, I work on an environmental sustainability team, which is a virtual working team across several different groups, totaling 100 people across the company.
- Are you working with any hardware vendors to improve energy consumption?
In terms of hardware, currently, we're working with the XBOX team to reduce energy consumption. Current generations of the XBOX use half as much power as previous generations. We're also working with waste companies to help recoup materials after they have reached the end of their life cycle even though a typical XBOX has a fairly long shelf life.