For Canadians, I have found two ways of becoming a “greener” presence on the Web. One is to use Green Hosting, where everything is powered by renewable energy:
All the electricity required by the server and ancillary operations (101% of demand) is generated by wind turbines in Alberta, and is distributed through the GreenmaxÂ© program of the Calgary utility ENMAX. Both generation and distribution are certified under Canada’s national EcoLogoÂ© program to ensure that this service contributes directly to the reduction of GHG emissions and supports new renewables facilities.
Another possibility is to use Ethical Hosting’s service, which uses offsets, or green tags:
Obviously we can’t just throw up a Wind turbine outside our office and it would be very expensive to do so (but would be very cool if we could!) This is where green energy certificates or Green Tags come into play. After auditing our energy usage, we were able to calculate the electricity usage of our office and computers. We are then able to purchase the necessary amount of Green Tags through a nationally recognized provider: The Pembina Institute.
Definitely a couple of considerations if you’re looking for a new host or considering changing your current host.