Just like our restaurants, which we are proud to say are carbon neutral, so is our blog. Thanks to the “my blog is carbon neutral” initiative, which was originally started in Germany by the “Make it Green” program, carbon dioxide emissions are being reduced through the planting of trees. A tree is planted for each blog taking part in the program, thereby neutralizing a blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years. Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts!
According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems.
To offset the CO2 impact, German Make it Green (Mach Grün) has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to help reforest Northern California’s devastated Plumas National Forest. Beginning this spring (2010), the Arbor Day Foundation will aid in replanting 5,500 acres of the 88,000 acres of the forest that burned 2007. And you can help.
For each participating blog (participating means spreading the word as we’re doing here), the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree. How will a tree make a difference to your blog’s carbon footprint? Glad you asked. A single tree can absorb the CO2 emissions of one blog for fifty years!
The scheduled start plant date was Monday, April 19, 2010 and the trees are being planted by a contracted crew. The roads are being plowed, all contracts solidified, and twelve shipments of 150,000 seedling each are being assembled.
There are still some trees looking for a sponsor. So if you have a blog or website, it can be carbon neutral too! Every tree counts. To participate visit Make it Green’s Carbon Neutral Program website today.