Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft
Rob Bernard is the Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft and is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental efforts. In this role heoversees the company’s environmental impact at all levels including: working with product groups to create technology innovations in software and hardware that can helpenable customersto minimize their impact on the environment, helping accelerate scientific breakthrough on environmental issues, assuring responsible business practices that work to reduce the company’s direct and indirect environmental impact, and working with partners in industry, government and non-government to engage on global environmental issues.
Under Rob’s leadership, Microsoft has set its first carbon reduction goal and rolled out its first global campaign to engage with customers on ways to use information technology to reduce environmental impacts. Rob has also led the development of significant new technology partnerships with the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Carbon Disclosure Project to improve the tools that cities and businesses use to measure and report their carbon footprint and track reduction efforts.
Rob is a passionate speaker on the role technology can play in enabling energy efficiency, democratizing access to environmental information and advancing scientific breakthroughs. He has spoken on those topics at numerous events ranging from the Clinton Global Initiative to the United NationsCOP15 Climate Change Conference to the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:Nomics event.
Robhas held various positions during his 10 year career at Microsoft. He’s served in leadership roles ranging from marketing to business and technical management. In these positions, he has worked with a variety of teams including the Windows group, MSN, and the Information Worker/Office division. Most recently, Bernard was General Manager for Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism teamwhere he was responsible for Microsoft’s relationship with over 100 of the world’s largest and over 100,000 of smaller Independent Software Vendors.
Prior to his career at Microsoft, Rob spent nearly 10 years in the construction and building management industry where he built and managed industrial and office properties. He attended the Wharton School of Business where he earned his MBA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Columbia University.Bernard lives with his family in Seattle.
Did you know?
U.S. college students could save more than 2.3 billion kilowatt hours per year of electricity by enabling power saving features on their desktop PCs. That equals an annual savings of more than $200 million in energy costs and a 1.8 million-ton reduction of CO2 emissions from the operation of computers –equivalent to taking more than 350,000 cars off the road.7