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Environmental Sustainability

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Environmental sustainability

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of this century. In partnership with Microsoft, the developer community, our employees, and nonprofit organizations, we are building a sustainable global platform that empowers developer collaboration, accelerates human progress, and contributes to the protection of our world.

Strategic partners

We believe that providing critical funding to nonprofits enables these mission-driven organizations to develop and implement sustainable practices, launch initiatives, and engage communities in environmentally conscious activities.

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One Tree Planted

As part of Earth Day 2021, GitHub partnered with One Tree Planted to plant 20,000 trees across the world, including 6,000 trees in India, British Columbia, and Uganda. One Tree Planted projects span the globe and are completed in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. According to the U.S. EPA, a single tree will absorb about .06 metric tons of carbon dioxide over a 10-year period as it grows. That means the trees planted by this initiative should remove approximately 1,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next decade.

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Green Software Foundation

GitHub, along with Microsoft, Thoughtworks, and Accenture, founded the Green Software Foundation in 2021. The vision of the foundation is to change the culture of building software across the tech industry so that sustainability becomes as much of a priority to software teams as performance, security, cost, and accessibility. The foundation has a goal to reduce emissions related to the information and communications technology industry by 45 percent by 2030.

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Reports and resources

Together with Microsoft, our partners, and employees, we are committed to empowering developers to contribute to the health of our world. Read about our progress and learn more about how to get involved.

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GitHub sustainability commitments

At GitHub, we believe that a diverse, collaborative community has extraordinary potential and the power to accelerate human progress.

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Microsoft 2022 environmental sustainability report

A look at progress and learnings against our commitments to become carbon-negative, water-positive, zero-waste, and build a Planetary Computer.

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Microsoft’s commitments to sustainability

In 2020, Microsoft announced sustainability commitments and detailed plans for working toward a more sustainable future.

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