Powering Microsoft’s Water Positive Ambitions

By Abby Smith on October 1, 2020

Microsoft recently pledged to become ‘water positive’ by 2030, meaning the company will replenish more water than it consumes. This follows close on the heels of their carbon negative announcement at the beginning of the year, as they lead the way for companies to look beyond their own supply chains and strive to support resilient ecosystems broadly. We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this recent water replenishment initiative.

In collaboration with our partners at The Freshwater Trust, we’ve developed a tool called BasinScout® Platform which was designed to help organizations effectively plan agricultural interventions to achieve conservation goals. By leveraging technological innovations in satellite data and machine learning, we’re revolutionizing the scale and efficiency of agricultural conservation planning. You can learn more about what motivated us to create BasinScout Platform and how Microsoft is using it for aquifer conservation at scale in this profile.

Screenshot of BasinScout Platform
Screenshot of BasinScout Platform

As we begin this collaboration with Microsoft, we’re focusing first on the Sacramento Valley of California, which is reliant upon groundwater and faces myriad water quality and quantity risks. Stakeholders in the region, including Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs), nonprofit organizations, and companies such as Microsoft are actively pursuing strategies to protect precious water resources through targeted interventions and investments.

We’re thrilled to play a role in supporting Microsoft’s replenishment strategy in this region and beyond with tools to transform these lofty ambitions into actionable and cost-effective plans.