One day, the Internet will run entirely on renewable energy. The Green Web Foundation develops tools to speed up that transition. Read here how and why.
A short history
In 2006, we started working with a small team on a project to visualize the kind of energy that powers the Internet: green for renewables, grey for anything else. We started with a database of technical parameters of green hosters, and a Green Web Check. This resulted in a system against which any website could be checked on greenness.
The next step was the development of the Green Web Apps, which were released at the end of 2010. These apps show the “greenness” of websites in your own browser, every time you visit a website or search the Internet. Internet users have performed well over half a billion checks with the Green Web Apps up to now, monitoring the emergence of The Green Web.
The Green Web Foundation now
Today, The Green Web Foundation is a recognized not-for-profit organisation registered in the Netherlands. In practice, it is run from Sweden by a daily manager, with the help of a growing group of dedicated volunteers and IT specialists worldwide, all supporters of an Internet that is powered by renewable energy sources.
How to speed up the transition towards a green Internet?
Our strategy is simple: more checks and more ‘this site is hosted green’-links mean more visibility. Every integration of The Green Web Feed adds additional visibility and is an invitation to companies and suppliers to take green IT more seriously. And by working together with Registries, we are monitoring the development of the green part of the Internet per Top Level Domain.
Are you longing for that fine green day as well? We need all the help we can get, so get involved! And check out our Partnership programme to see if your organisation could get involved as well.
If you have any questions about the The Green Web Foundation, please feel free to contact daily manager René Post (rene(a)thegreenwebfoundation.org), Skype (rene.post.leiden) or by phone +316 2163 0364 (GMT+1).