We at Site5 are proud to be providing services that help you build great things online. However, there is an environmental cost to this – as a web hosting provider we have to keep our servers powered on 24×7 and this does result in a lot of energy usage, a lot of which is produced via methods that release carbon into the atmosphere. It is no secret that carbon emissions are damaging our environment in very serious ways.
I’m sure that as a consumer you would prefer to do business with an organization that is sensitive to these environmental threats and believes in doing whatever it can to negate the harmful effects that its operations might be having on the environment. The good news is that Site5 is an environmentally conscious company, strongly committed to being as green as possible
So what are we doing to compensate for the environmental damage we’re causing? We support organizations that help run projects that benefit the environment — we do this by buying carbon offsets from them which is a tangible way of compensating our carbon emissions. Each year our Operations team undertakes a very thorough endeavor to calculate our total carbon usage. We calculate carbon emissions caused due to our servers and networking infrastructure, by far the largest contributors to our carbon usage. We also factor in things like flight and car trips purchased by the company to travel to company meetups (we conduct a couple of meetups each year), management meetings and industry conferences and events. From the total carbon usage calculated this way, we deduct the CO2 emission that our commutes to work would have caused if we were not a 100% remote team working from home. We think this makes a lot of sense as by working from home we are actually doing a lot of good for the environment – just imagine how many cars would be off the streets if everyone worked from home and how much it can reduce pollution and CO2 emission! – quantifying these savings provides a tangible way of calculating that impact and rewarding ourselves for it.
Once we have calculated the total carbon usage, we go ahead and convert them to carbon offsets that we purchase from an organization called COTAP – they are an extremely transparent organization with a mission of alleviating poverty by selling carbon offsets. The funds are used to help under privileged communities set up farms, orchards etc that can provide a stable source of income and raise them from poverty. They’re doing some solid work and maintain a high level of accountability. We’re very happy to support them! We highly recommend COTAP to any small business looking to offset their activities!