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"Carbon Neutrality IS the Bottom Line:
The Development and Success of Microsoft's Innovative Carbon-Fee Model"

Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio
Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability
Microsoft Corporation

October 15, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Bren 1414

Informal reception with speaker (for participants only) to follow from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

"TJ DiCaprio, whom I've known since she was a UCSB undergrad in the 1970s, has crafted a remarkably effective internal carbon trading program at Microsoft, showing how a large, diverse company spread out over the world can improve its environmental stewardship."

— Bren School Professor Jeff Dozier

As part of a larger push toward carbon neutrality and sustainability, Microsoft has emerged as an innovative leader in carbon pricing with its internal carbon-fee program. As the senior director of environmental sustainability at Microsoft, TJ DiCaprio was the driving force behind the creation and development of this program. The carbon-fee program essentially requires individual business units within Microsoft to factor in the price of carbon when they report at the end of a quarter because the units are taxed based on the carbon burden of their operations. The money raised from the carbon fee goes toward environmental sustainability initiatives such as energy efficiency, clean energy innovation, e-waste recycling, and carbon-offset community projects. The development, function, and success of the innovative carbon-fee program is not only driving Microsoft’s own sustainability goals, but is pushing the frontier of carbon pricing and corporate environmental management around the world.

As senior director of environmental sustainability, TJ is the chief architect responsible for designing and managing Microsoft’s internal carbon-fee model. Her efforts drive accountability while supporting innovation in efficiency, green power, and low-carbon economic development in emerging nations.¬†Recently, TJ was awarded the Aspen Institute Fellowship and in 2014, TJ received the C.K. Prahalad award for Global Business Sustainability Leadership. In 2013, TJ was recognized by the U.S. Congress and bestowed the Individual Leadership award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She was listed in the Top 35 Women Leaders in Sustainability by Triple Pundit and the Guardian’s 2013 Unlikely Climate Heroes, and was also invited to speak at the 2013 White House Women and Environment Summit.¬†She received her education in Environmental Studies and Energy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she received the 2015 Environmental Studies Alumna of the Year award, and an MBA in Sustainable Business and Government Policy Administration from Marylhurst University.

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