Tag: WordPress Sustainability

Environmental Talks for WordPress Developers and Designers

Environment Talks

There is a small, but growing, number of WordPress developers who are interested in environmental issues.

WordPress now runs an incredible 40% of all websites. The work that we do has an impact. If WordPress sites consume large amounts of energy, then that has knock-on effects for the whole web.

I've searched for some of the best introductions to this topic. The people in the videos below are talented WordPress designers and developers, who want their work to have a positive impact.

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Johannes Benz from Raidboxes on WordPress Hosting That’s Positive for the Environment and Society


Johannes is the Managing Director of Raidboxes, a fast-growing WordPress hosting company based in Germany. He's also one of the most interesting people I've met in WordPress.

I first heard of Raidboxes when they were giving out trees to Wordcamp attendees! Johannes and his team think differently.

Raidboxes is growing fast, doubling every year and adding nearly 1,000 customers per month. But Johannes believes that businesses should not focus only on profits, but also on being actively positive for society.

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How Automattic is Tackling Carbon Emissions, with Yanir Seroussi


Yanir Seroussi is a data scientist for Automattic and lives in Brisbane, Australia.

It can be hard to remember with all the craziness of 2020, but the year started with epic bushfires in Australia. It was the worst fire season on record with more than 15,000 different fires and nearly three billion animals killed or displaced. Those fires were widely blamed on climate change.

Yanir was motivated to start working to combat climate change. Automattic has servers in many data centers around the world, operated by different providers. Yanir wanted to know if it was possible to reduce or eliminate the carbon emissions from all those servers. The answer was “yes!”

Yanir wrote about how Automattic became carbon neutral, and in this interview we find out more of the story.

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Being a Developer and Planting 1,000’s of Trees with Phil Sturgeon


Phil Sturgeon is a renowned API and PHP developer. He's now starting a charity called Protect Earth to plant trees across the UK.

In this interview, I talk with Phil about his environmental work, and cycling around the world to fundraise for the project. How does he manage to launch a hugely ambitious new project and hold down a high-level day job?

We discuss small steps all of us can take to create a more sustainable world, even if we're running a million miles an hour with our businesses and development work.

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Featured WordPress Publisher: Branch from Mozilla


Welcome to another post in our series that features innovative WordPress publishers.

Branch is a fascinating new publication that uses WordPress and is backed by Mozilla. Branch is an online magazine whose focus is making sure our technology helps build a sustainable world.

Their tech team has also done some fascinating work with their WordPress site. They are really pushing the boundaries when it comes to how “green” WordPress can be.

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Tim Frick on Building Better WordPress Businesses With B Corps

Tim Frick

When I asked around in the WordPress community about environmental issues, everyone had the same response: “You should talk with Tim Frick.”

Tim is based in Chicago and runs the Mightybytes agency. He is passionate about helping organizations create a more positive impact on the world. We recently posted a collection of environmental talks and Tim got a lot of shout-outs.

In this interview, I chat with Tim about Benefit Corporations (B Corps). Tim explains how his desire to create a positive influence has led him to use WordPress and support environmental issues.

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An Interview With Zack Katz About Values-Driven WordPress Businesses

Zack Katz

Zack Katz from GravityView is someone I've admired for a long time. His team have run some of the coolest initiatives I've seen.

At the end of last year, they gave $5 from each sale to charities and then they quadrupled those donations from their own pocket. They plant trees with Ecologi to offset their carbon emissions. And they've given out diversity grants to help people with extra challenges attend major conferences.

The GravityView team also have fun while doing good. Check out this music video they created for the WordPress community while everyone was in lockdown:

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Featured WordPress Publisher: The Narwhal


Welcome to the first in a regular series where we focus on the very best publishers using WordPress.

We're not always looking for household brand names. We're also searching for publishers who are building new, brave and innovative platforms. That perfectly describes TheNarwhal.ca.

They are a team of investigative journalists who report environmental news and stories in Canada.

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