We believe in being completely transparent about what we’re doing well, and where we need to improve.
Our website was built with a custom WordPress theme so it includes only the features and functions needed. We optimized our site to load quickly for all users, which meant eliminating video and imagery that wasn’t contributing to the overall experience. We double-checked that our pages scale to be viewable across all device sizes. We plan to conduct ongoing user-testing to ensure that our site is user-friendly.
We’re still in the process of implementing best practices for accessibility (so that our site is usable for all people), and we plan to regularly check our accessibility. Although we implemented basic SEO best practices, we still have a lot of additional work to do so that our site is more easily found.
Our current website hosting company’s main data center partner (Google Cloud) matches 100% of the energy consumed by their operations with renewable energy. While this is a good step forward, ultimately we would like our website to be 100% powered by renewables. We’re in the process of evaluating hosting companies as we compile our results into a comprehensive Geen Web Hosting guide. We’re also currently looking into options for offsetting the remaining carbon footprint of our website, which we hope to implement soon.
Working from home offices has eliminated the impact of a daily commute. We connect with clients and one another remotely versus traveling to in-person meetings (and in the rare case of an in-person meeting, we bike or walk if possible). We always recycle and compost our waste and use biodegradable cleaning products. We only print items when necessary, and we use 100% recycled paper when we do. We’re currently looking into options for offsetting the carbon footprint of our home office.
We do our best to live simply and sustainably. We’re constantly evaluating our personal impact and taking action to reduce our impact one step at a time. We reduce plastic use as much as possible (especially single-use plastic), we shop in bulk and at local farms, and we support local, ethical, and eco-friendly brands as much as possible.
Websites for the Planet
We started our Websites for the Planet program as a way to give back to the community. We donate our time and expertise each year to create a WordPress website for an eco-minded non-profit. Applications open in the fall of each year.
Updated May 2020
We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.