Green Web Hosting Options
For many reasons, just like us, Ripples needs a new home. Wordpress.com, while a wonderful starter platform in many ways, does not give us the versatility we need. We can’t promote wonderful local businesses, tweak subtle elements of the site’s appearance, or do a host of other things that would really push the peaks of our Ripples to the sky and beyond.
Green Web Hosting
Like a bag of digital groceries, we’re planning to pick up our website and plop it into a different home. This should not change anything for you. You’ll be able to access us just as before. However, hopefully you’ll begin to notice a few wonderful benefits from this change.
- With our new fine-grained control over visual elements, we should be able to improve your visual and navigational experience at Ripples.
- Every time you access Ripples, you can rest assured that your click is pumping a fraction of green energy into the electrical grid.
As far as I can tell, reliable green website hosting services very rarely produce their own energy on site. At least the five (5) I looked into deeply consistently claim that installing wind, solar, or other renewable energy systems on site would be too costly or challenging.
Instead, they purchase accredited carbon offsets. One company, GreenGeeks, claims to purchase three times more credits than they need to cover the power their web servers use. In other words, they still pull energy from the grid, but they purchase enough wind-energy credits to cover their energy usage in addition to supplying 200% more wind power to the grid.
No other company I found even comes close. Hostgator utilizes 130% wind energy, and a few other services are 100% renewable powered.
Surely Companies Can Do More!
In my experience, most businesses are intensely conservative. Given humans’ incredible ingenuity, I find it almost impossible that some forward-thinking tech entrepreneur cannot envision a 5-, 10-, or even 20-year plan for developing a fully off-grid data center and a business plan to out-compete standard grid-tied centers. How about a 50-year global conversion process outlining the path from digital degradation to a truly carbon-neutral worldwide Internet?
Though perhaps somewhat unrealistic or demanding, this is what I expect from a truly green Internet company (or any socially responsible company, for that matter). Current companies will at least acknowledge the challenges, and take easy, albeit costly, steps to address them on the surface. However, they don’t outline how they plan to overcome them, or how their efforts will reverberate into other parts of their industry. How will they strategically influence the culture of competitors? How do they predict they will refine their existing strategies given the trends I expect them, as green-oriented companies, to regularly follow?
Still, I am guardedly impressed
It’s easy for me to sit here, ask questions, and point out opportunities for improvement. I’m not immersed daily in the challenges of the industry. Perhaps 300% wind energy obtained via accredited green-energy offsets is the best the industry can currently muster.
Though I ache to see an intentional, well-thought-out plan for how the Internet will become truly carbon neutral (and, given infinite time and energy, would educate myself sufficiently to aid greatly in the development of such a plan), I am willing to accept and embrace the best it can presently offer.
GreenGeeks will very likely become Ripples’ new home, unless someone knows of another, better option. Let’s hope we have a mutually nurturing relationship!