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In their words:

“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.”

Dreamhost makes the point that “green hosting” is not just purchasing carbon offsets. Although that is their chosen method of greening their energy use, they also believe in environmentalism’s place in the office, and in their community. From using coffee cups made from renewable sources (ceramic mugs would be even better), to upgrading server quality to save primary energy usage – Dreamhost is making real efforts to clean up web hosting. Check them out here.

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