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, we would ultimately like our website to be 100% powered by renewables. We’re also currently looking into options for offsetting the remaining carbon footprint of our website.
Working from home offices has eliminated the impact of a daily commute. We connect with clients remotely versus traveling to in-person meetings. Our primary office is solar-powered (minus the propane heating, which is used minimally). We do our best to reduce consumption, reuse when possible, and either compost our waste or recycle responsibly (when it doubt, throw it out!). We make our own natural cleaning products to avoid environmental toxins and packaging waste. We only print items when necessary, and we use 100% recycled paper when we do (but we’d love to switch to soy or other natural inks). We’re currently looking into options for calculating and offsetting the remaining 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 try to primarily 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 April of each year.
Updated March 2021