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Tammy McClellan is an advocate for sustainability and the Green Software Foundation (GSF).  Learn more about how developers are putting this passion into practice.


When Microsoft announced of the Green Software Foundation (GSF), I jumped at the opportunity to join the initiative and went all in – joining 3 out of 4 working groups. As a developer and a sustainability advocate, I’m keen to understand and help reduce the amount of carbon we emit as a farm, but also in my job working with software and customers.

Back in October of 2021, I participated in a Global Hackathon for Sustainability and got 3 days to focus my attention on a project.

Since I’m keen on my farm, I choose a Farm Insights project where I used a Raspberry Pi and some sensors to collect very basic information about temperature, humidity, and soil moisture. I opened the project up to the Microsoft global community and ended up with folks from around the world. New Zealand, Germany, San Francisco, Georgia and of course – me here in Michigan.

It was super fun and very grueling! We worked 16 hours a day to hack together a project. And …. we didn’t even win a mention in the Global Hackathon winnings – but it was a win for me!

The solution was using a raspberry pi to collect sensor data and send them to Azure using IoT Edge Services, Log Analytics, and Power Bi for visualization.

Once I ironed out all the kinks and had the system running efficiently.

Learn more about this project on Tammy’s blog