Annie Guo

Annie Guo
Program Manager, Microsoft
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2018
CBEY Alumni Visiting Mentors - 2022-2023 cohort

Annie is a Senior Program Manager on Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability team focused on executing carbon removal agreements in support of Microsoft’s “Carbon Negative by 2030” goal and working across carbon, water, and waste disciplines to scale its operations to meet broader corporate sustainability objectives. She initially joined Microsoft’s cloud energy markets team in 2019 to develop and execute the energy strategy supporting the business’ datacenter expansions into new European markets – Poland, Italy, Spain – and growth within the existing United Kingdom cloud regions. As a regional lead, Annie was responsible for securing power capacity and other energy services for her datacenter portfolio while seeking additional opportunities to advance energy transition principles – for instance, deploying onsite assets for grid stabilization, increasing interconnection resilience to forego backup generators.

Before Microsoft, Annie worked at GE Solar as a project finance analyst developing C&I scale solar around New England. She also has experience consulting for US EPA on defining and implementing its ENERGY STAR 3rd Party Certification scheme, researching how energy efficiency interventions support broader USAID pillars, and researching the extent to which US states are prepared for the impacts of natural hazards exacerbated by climate change.

While at the Yale School of the Environment, Annie focused on energy economics and finance. She co-led the Energy SIG and was an elected member of Forestry Club. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California with a minor in International Relations and also competed on the varsity swim & dive and club ultimate frisbee teams. She was born and raised in Minnesota and now lives in Seattle, WA where you can find her biking around town, skiing in the mountains, or paddling around the lakes with her pup.

Authored Articles

International Standards Are Tackling Climate Change Adaptation

Standards have immense leverage. They are a powerful way to slow the accelerating hazards of climate change. In November, during the side events at the 23rd Conference of the Parties in Bonn, Germany, participants discussed what to do to use standards development to help nations take action on their Nationally...

Private Capital for Resilience Financing Has Arrived

Momentum is building in the private sector for climate resilience financing. This necessary acceleration could help to avert the worst consequences of climate change. Financiers and others weighed in about their priorities and goals at COP23 in Germany on Nov. 13 in the Bonn Zone. They shared their thoughts and...
Installing solar panels

Community-Shared Solar Requires Better Software and Contracts

Community-shared solar is a growing industry in the United States that offers homeowners a solar alternative to rooftop solar. Experts from financial institutions, development companies, and electric cooperatives converged at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas on Sept. 10-13 to discuss the recent growth and future prospects of community-shared...