DreamHost is carbon neutral.
We’ve calculated the impact of everything that DreamHost uses and leaves behind in the course of our daily work. All of the resources that we use – paper in the office, electricity for our servers, even the gas in our cars that bring us to the office – leaves behind some kind of soul-sucking residue in the world.
When we learned that running DreamHost generated as much carbon dioxide as 545 average-size homes we realized we had to do something to neutralize our emissions.
With a bit of research we found the most effective approach begins with resource conservation: turning off the lights, reducing travel, printing on both sides of the page. Efforts are being ramped up here daily to do what we do with less. The next step is to use clean, renewable energy. Without the option to put up solar panels or connect with a green power utility for us this means purchasing Renewable Energy Credits. Finally, to neutralize those unavoidable emissions we’ve invested in Emission Reduction Credits (a.k.a. “offsets”) which guarantee our remaining impact is effectively erased.
A third-party-certification? Never fear. The credits we use to green our energy consumption and neutralize the rest of our emissions meet the highest standards in the industry. Click to view our up-to-date Certificate of Carbon Neutralization.
U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce
We’ve joined the U.S. Green Chamber, participating in their “100 Cities for Change” program. Their goal is to facilitate and support sustainable business practices that spur innovation, job creation, energy efficiency and an overall brighter economic future.
In Our Own Backyard
Carbon offsetting alone will not solve the climate crisis and its practice does not excuse anyone from taking direct, onsite action to reduce emissions. We’re always looking for more ways to reduce our resource usage around the office and the data center. We use coffee cups made from fully renewable resources. In the last couple of years we’ve also been deploying many more servers with notoriously power-efficient AMD processors. As processor and server technology continues to evolve we’ll follow the path of power efficiency. It just makes sense!
Great Green Energy
Clean, renewable energy plants generate not only electricity, but also what are called Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). A REC represents the environmental benefits of producing 1,000 kWh of non-polluting energy from sources easily replenished by earth’s natural systems (think wind and sun). RECs may be sold in conjunction with the electricity by which they are generated, or decoupled from that energy and sold separately. Because the generation of clean, renewable energy does not result in carbon emissions, the purchase and permanent retirement of RECs allows us to neutralize the carbon emissions related to our electricity use. Technically speaking, instead of offsetting our electricity related emissions, we simply avoid them by greening our energy at the source.
When a third-party validates that a project has limited emissions – either through the production of clean, renewable energy or through increased energy efficiency – an emission reduction credit, or offset, is generated that can be bought and sold on the open market. When an end user buys and permanently “retires” one of these credits (usually representing one metric ton of carbon dioxide reductions) an equivalent amount of that user’s carbon emissions are effectively neutralized. This, in a nutshell, is the practice of carbon offsetting – a practice that not only makes us feel good but encourages us to reduce emissions from our own facilities.
Renewable Energy Credits
Putting a price on carbon output is just one way to help make the world a better place. It’s a first step towards true energy sustainability. Organizations large and small are constantly working on reducing their environmental emissions. When they do so a neutral third party then steps in to verify the reduction and issues what are known as “Renewable Energy Credits”.
We’ve purchased enough of these credits – which are retired after purchase and not resellable – to account for our energy usage. The proceeds of these credit purchases are then put toward funding further emission reduction and renewable energy projects. We are not currently able to actually power our servers with the wind or the sun, but this is the next best thing! Our Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) have been certified by Green-e.
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