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Earth Month: Making Macro Strides with a Microgrid

Earth Month 2022 is upon us, and there has never been a more important time to focus on fighting climate change.

Climate change is no longer a future threat — it’s a present-tense reality. The proof lies in the increase in wildfires in California (where I live and where VMware is headquartered), last winter’s storms in Texas that left thousands without power, the shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels…the list goes on. So, while we are working to halt the progression of climate change, we must also be prepared to handle its consequences at all stages.

VMware has always had a strong commitment to sustainability (read about our 2030 Agenda). We work relentlessly to create innovative ways to reduce our own carbon footprint, as well as that of our partners and customers (see these blogs to learn more). We’re also laser-focused on resiliency.

Last month, Nicola Acutt, our Vice President of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), introduced our community microgrid (Silicon Valley’s first) to a rapt audience at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference in Austin, TX. She explained that a microgrid is an autonomous energy system that works by connecting distributed renewable resources (such as solar panels or wind turbines) with battery storage, using smart controls to enable efficiency. Once fully functioning, our community microgrid could power both our headquarters and the city’s emergency services in the event of a grid failure. (To learn more, check out “Why Climate Change Can’t Knock Our Lights Out.”)

To read more about VMware’s commitment to the environment, read our most recent ESG report. To learn about what you can do to help protect the environment, read this.

Best,

Kit

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