Rob Bernard is the chief environmental strategist for Microsoft.
A 19-year Microsoft veteran, Rob Bernard is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental initiatives. Under his leadership, Microsoft has achieved carbon neutrality through a first-of-its-kind internal carbon fee. With datacenters increasingly representing a growing portion of energy use, the company’s commitment to renewable energy is a critical component of its sustainability strategy. Previously, Mr. Bernard was responsible for Microsoft’s CityNext program which helps cities around the world leverage technology to realize safer, healthier, better educated and sustainable places for people to live and work. As part of this program, the company is partnering with technology companies around the world to accelerate the use of information to drive resource and energy efficiency. Prior to this role, Mr. Bernard was the general manager for the global Independent Software Vendor program, for which he managed teams supporting partnerships with over 50,000 software partners. Previous Microsoft experience includes heading up program management for early Office-based applications. Before joining Microsoft, he founded and ran his own real estate development company. Mr. Bernard has an MBA from Wharton School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University. He brings a combination of personal and company passion, knowledge and experience to his role.
Microsoft Corp. launched its CityNext program two years ago to come up with solutions and software to further sustainability in the world's cities because cities hold the largest unmet environmental challenges. Meanwhile, internally, it began transforming its operations — within cities and out — to get to net zero carbon emissions.
One Great Idea: What does our wholesale migration to cloud-based services means for how we operate, how we interact, and how we do sustainability? Find out from Microsoft's Rob Bernard how the cloud changes everything.
Although it's not often discussed in the context of UN climate summits, there is a strong role that technology in the climate fight, which is why Microsoft has sent a delegation to each of the last three COPs. Here's our take on climate policy.
There's wide hope that world leaders can significantly advance a global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize changes to our climate. With such a commitment and the right technology tools, a clean and prosperous future can be well within our reach.