REDMOND, Wash. — Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) recently announced that the Microsoft Redmond campus has achieved U.S. Zero Waste Business Council’s Gold Level certification. The certification recognizes employee-led efforts to divert at least 90 percent of food, office and construction waste away from landfills through reuse, recycling and composting programs.
The campus is home to 44,000 employees, 125 buildings, 33 cafes, 32 espresso cafes and more than 500 kitchenettes that produced over 189 million pounds of food, packaging and other dining-related items from July to December 2015 and surprisingly 99.5 percent of that waste was diverted from landfills, according to a statement from USGBC.
“Protecting the environment is something that Microsoft and our employees believe in strongly,” said Susain Wagner, the senior director of Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities in a statement to USGBC. “We are grateful for this recognition by GBCI and look forward to building on our work to reduce waste at our Redmond headquarters.”
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