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Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio, a student in Marylhurst's MBA in Sustainable Business program, received the Individual Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership. The awards were presented February 28, 2013 at the Climate Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
The national awards program honors corporate, organizational and individual leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain. Twenty-three individuals and organizations were recognized, encompassing a wide array of industries, including construction, finance, defense, transportation, retail, energy and technology.
TJ DiCaprio is the senior director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, a global IT software and services company with 90,000+ employees operating in more than 100 countries.
TJ led the effort to establish Microsoft's recent commitment to carbon neutrality for its data centers, software development labs, offices and employee air travel. A key component of this aggressive GHG reduction policy is an internal carbon fee, which provides an innovative approach to voluntary operational accountability and is already helping to change behavior. Internalizing the cost of pollution through financial measures offers greater incentives to reduce emissions while raising funds for efficiency and renewable energy projects, helping to advance measures to mitigate climate change.
In order to design and implement this new carbon fee model, TJ worked with senior executives across Microsoft to build a compelling business case that convinced Microsoft's CFO to adopt and support this critical measure. Microsoft's use of an internal carbon fee is now serving as a model for other Fortune 500 companies and public sector organizations considering new GHG reduction strategies, including increased use of renewable energy.
TJ was also responsible for leading Microsoft to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent per unit of revenue from 2007 levels by 2012 through a series of efficiency initiatives and purchasing renewable energy. As a result of her vision and efforts, Microsoft purchased 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power in 2012, making Microsoft the third largest purchaser of green power in the United States.