Microsoft Releases Carbon Fee Playbook

Microsoft Corp. released a playbook December 11 to help businesses follow its lead in establishing an internal carbon fee. The fee model can be used to drive efficiency and demonstrate climate responsibility and leadership. The company launched its fee to help achieve a July 2012 pledge to make operations carbon neutral beginning in fiscal year 2013.

LEED Updates Defended

The U.S. Green Building Council defended the latest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system against criticism from chemical and building products manufacturers December 12. LEED is the most widely recognized and used green building program worldwide, and launched its latest update, LEED v4, November 20.