Your website is harming the earth
THESE ARE THE SERVERS THAT HOLD WEBSITES
Inside data center (Photo: Google)
THIS IS A DATA CENTER
According to Emerson Network Power there are 509,147 data centers worldwide, with 285.8 million square feet of space. Equivelent to 5,955 football fields.
A data center (Photo: Google)
WHAT Can you do?
Go GREEN HOSTING
What can you do to help? One thing you can do is find a green hosting company. I use A2 Hosting. A2 Hosting has partnered with Carbonfund.org. By purchasing carbon offsets, Carbonfund is able to invest in clean, renewable sources of energy.
According to Timothy Shim from webhostingsecretrevealed.net, "Over the past ten years, A2Hosting’s carbon emissions offset donations to Carbonfund.org have neutralized almost 2.3 million pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to planting 27,000 tree seedlings and allowing those trees to grow for ten years!"
To view a list of other Green Hosting companies visit Timothy Shims blog post at: https://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/what-is-green-web-hosting-and-how-does-it-work/
OFFSET WHAT YOU USE
Maybe your comfortable and don't want to move away from your hosting company. There are still ways you can help. Partner with Carbonfund.org and get listed on their website (which will not only help the environment but your SEO efforts as well!)
REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT: DOWN SIZE!
What Can Palila do to help?
I was inspired to write this post after reading "Delivering Wordpress in 7kb" written by Jack Lenox. While attending MozFest Jack decided to attend a session called “Building a Planet-Friendly Web”. Shocked by the impact websites have on the environment he was inspired to make a theme as light as possible. Enter, SustyWP, the 7kb theme.
Lenox, J. (2018, June 4 Published). Delivering WordPress in 7KB. https://blog.jacklenox.com/2018/06/04/delivering-wordpress-in-7kb/.
Miller, R. (2011, December 14 Published). How Many Data Centers? Emerson Says 500,000. http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2011/12/14/how-many-data-centers-emerson-says-500000.
Shim, T. (2018, March 14 Published). How Green Web Hosting Works (and Which Hosting Companies Have Gone Green). https://www.webhostingsecretrevealed.net/blog/web-hosting-guides/what-is-green-web-hosting-and-how-does-it-work/.