Jim Hanna serves as Microsoft’s first director of datacenter sustainability, providing strategic environmental direction to the company’s growing cloud computing platform.
Jim Hanna serves as Microsoft’s first director of datacenter sustainability, providing strategic environmental direction to the company’s growing cloud computing platform. In the role, he is leading efforts to effectively mitigate Microsoft’s cloud footprint in land use, the built environment, water, and circular economy opportunities, in addition to tapping Microsoft’s expertise in technology to scale sustainability solutions beyond its own footprint.
Previously, Jim served ten years as director of environmental impact for Starbucks, where he collaborated with partner corporations and nongovernmental organizations to help shape the company’s environmental strategy. He contributed to enterprise-wide initiatives that supported green building, energy conservation, international procurement, recycling and waste reduction efforts.
Prior to Starbucks, Jim served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park. In the position, he oversaw Xanterra’s many progressive environmental initiatives in its operations as the primary concessionaire in the park, including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System. Before escaping to Yellowstone, he worked as Director of Operations for Teris Environmental in Los Angeles, managing the company’s seven regional offices in North America.
A native of Olympia, Washington, Jim earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional. He serves on the boards of the Washington Environmental Council and Yellowstone Park Foundation.
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