What The Chris City Green Initiative Is All About
Social and ecological justice are two of the most important issues facing our society and so the CftxP Network is taking its stand by announcing its intent to go green! With a recent purchase of 5 megawatts of wind-powered energy as well as a recurring donation that will total 1200 trees every year to Trees of the Future by your's truly through on behalf of the CF Business Group, the entire CftxP Network is now over 300% carbon-offset/wind-powered in addition to the fact that some of our websites are already hosted on eco-friendly website hosts such as GreenGeeks, which is 300% carbon-neutral, and FatCow, which is 200% carbon-neutral. 5 megawatts of wind-powered energy makes a HUGE difference for the planet as well as this network.
I pledge to buy 5 megawatts of wind-powered energy every year and donate an average of 100 trees every month to offset the needs of this network, my own carbon footprint, and to aid in the fight against global warming and climate change in order to save the planet from further deprivation! After offsetting my own carbon footprint (16 mT of CO2) the CftxP Network 5 megawatt-hours of wind-powered renewable energy (keeping 5,650 lbs or 2.5628 mT of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere) will be produced and 2,645.54 lbs or 1.2 mT of carbon dioxide emissions. Plus, my carbon-negative web hosting puts in a total of 1,330 kWh (1.33 mWh) back into the grid as 100% renewable wind-powered energy and prevents 2,893 lbs (1.31 mT) of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In total, this neutralizes and keeps away 5.07 metric tons or 11,188.54 lbs of CO2 from our planet's atmosphere every year which is actually more than enough to offset the energy used by my Fatcow web server(1,360 lbs of CO2) and GreenGeeks hosting account (which are both already respectively 200% and 300% carbon-neutral), Biz.nf hosting account, two Namecheap hosting accounts, Zoho, Flavors.me, Adobe Portfolio, and DeviantArt website accounts, domain name service accounts, social media accounts, and other web-based business-related services and applications. By doing so, I am able to ensure that my web-based business and personal operations are completely carbon-neutral! I encourage anyone who is able to do so to do the same in their lives, not to impress anyone but because it is truly for the greater good! Thank you for reading this and good luck with your endeavors.
With my best regards,
My carbon footprint is approximated to be about 16 tons of CO2 each year. A donation of 10 cents to Trees of the Future is equal to one tree which, every year, offsets 31.6 lbs of carbon dioxide. This means that a simple $1 donation donates 10 trees and offsets 316 lbs of carbon dioxide per year while $120 will offset an average of 37,920 lbs or 17.2 mT of carbon dioxide per year with a donation of 200 trees. What this means is that donating as little as $10/month will, after a year, completely offset 37,920 lbs or 17.2 mT tons of carbon dioxide every year which will double as the next year comes and so on. $10 can actually make a HUGE difference with a donation to Trees for the Future! I encourage everyone who reads this to donate as much as they can in order to offset their own energy usage, I currently am between jobs and so money is tight but to me, this is very important and so if $120 of mine can help save the world, provide jobs for underprivileged families and ease my mind, then it's worth it to me - and plus, a donation of $120 a year worth of trees offsets the equivalent of 33,557.52 kWh or 33.5575 mWh of fossil-fuel based energy every year!
To find out more, please go to the Trees for the Future donation page to help out in any way you can!
The information stated is based on the following:
As of March 4, 2016, I have donated a total of 250 trees for the February 29, 2016 - February 28, 2017 period. This means that I have 950 trees left to donate until February 28, 2017 to reach my goal of 1200 trees or an average of 100 trees a month.
My planned yearly allocation for the 17.2 mT these trees will generate is 16 mT to support my lifestyle and 1.2 mT or 2,645.54 lbs to neutralize the energy usage associated with my web-based ventures for resources such as servers, hosting plans, social media, etc.
TerraPass is a company that allows individuals and businesses to offset their energy and water usage as well as buy renewable energy credits which are basically goods that show the purchase of a specified amount of energy powered by renewable sources of energy, usually in increments of megawatt hours wherein 1,000 kilowatt hours equates to one megawatt hour.
My reasoning for buying 5 megawatt hours of wind-powered energy for the February 29, 2016 - February 28, 2017 period is for the future of the CftxP Network. I wanted to ensure that my network becomes 100% powered by renewable energy sources. My first step was by initially choosing green-powered website hosts. Because of this, I have hosting accounts through GreenGeeks and Fatcow as well as Namecheap. I finally made the decision, on Leap Day in 2016, to purchase renewable energy credits when I found TerraPress.
According to Green4Networks, a carbon-neutralization company for websites, a small website with less than 10,000 monthly visitors only utilizes about 50 kilowatt hours of energy every year which equates to about 56.5 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions. 5 mWh of fossil-fuel based energy creates approximately 5,650 lbs or 2.5628 mT of carbon dioxide emissions which this contribution keeps from the atmosphere. As of Leap Day, 2016, the CftxP Network, in its entirety, gets less than 10,000 monthly visitors and so the total carbon footprint of my websites will likely be about 50 kWh or less in the course of a year. This means that 5 megawatt hours, which equates to 5,000 kilowatt hours, is currently over 5000% the total carbon footprint of the CftxP Network in its entirety! Even if my network fits the definition of an X Large Website by the standards of Green4Networks, the carbon footprint of this network would still be about 1 kWh, about 20% of the total energy produced by my renewable energy credits!
I urge anyone, especially if you have a website, to offset your carbon or water footprint or buy renewable energy credits through TerraPass! Do your part to save the planet please.
As consumers see the threat that climate change an global warming pose to our planet, more and more are putting their money where their mouth is by using environmentally-friendly and sustainable products and services. While we can always do more for our planet, such as the classic 3 R's (reduce, reuse, and recycle), the nature of our current economic system makes it so that simply relying on soundbites diminishes the actual impact that individuals can actually do for the environment. For instance, did you know that by 2050, carbon dioxide levels emitted by web hosting services will outnumber that emitted by the airline industry? This is why we, as a society, need to start looking for innovative solutions to combat climate change and offset our collective carbon footprint.
For businesses with an online presence and, in particular, web developers, one solution could be GreenGeeks. GreenGeeks is a web hosting company with a commitment to put back into the grid 300% of its total power usage. That means that if, for example, you manage a medium-sized website that requires about 100 kWh every year to be hosted, GreenGeeks will, on your behalf, input 300 kWh of renewable energy to the grid, basically making it so that your one medium-sized website makes it possible for two more similarly-sized websites to be supported by renewable energy on the grid! GreenGeeks is also a US EPA Green Power Partner, adding to its credibility!
GreenGeeks + CftxP Network
The following websites within the CftxP Network are hosted with GreenGeeks:
NOTE: Live websites have active links
According to GreenGeeks, a web hosting server produces 1,390 lbs or 0.63 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Currently, I have one unlimited hosting plan with GreenGeeks for the CftxP Network and so we share a web hosting server in conjunction with other individuals and businesses.
This hosting plan with GreenGeeks, in conjunction with other shared hosting users, generates a total of 1,390 lbs or 0.63 mT to offset the approximately 1.2301 mWh or 1,230.1 kWh of energy our shared server uses. But to specify, the websites of the CftxP Network hosted by GreenGeeks has less than 10,000 visitors per month and so our annual energy needs are about 50 kWh per year and with GreenGeeks' 300% carbon neutral hosting, we actually produce 150 kWh of wind-powered hosting, preventing about 169.5 lbs of new carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. This means that the CftxP network is carbon-negative by about 113 lbs of CO2 or 100 kWh of fossil-fuel based energy through GreenGeeks.
These calculations are based on the following figures:
Another great option for environmentally sustainable web hosting is Fatcow. Fatcow is 200% carbon-neutral meaning that as a company, it puts in twice as much of its energy usage back into the grid so when you buy any kind of hosting plan from Fatcow, you actually help support the environment by offsetting the effects of the usage of your hosting plan AND that of an equivalent hosting plan. So for instance, if your Fatcow-hosted website gets about 10,000 - 50,000 visitors a month, you would be using about 100 kWh a year. Fatcow will put 200 kWh of renewable energy every year back into the grid. Fatcow is able to do this through its partnership with Community Energy Inc. which produces renewable wind-powered energy.
Fatcow + CftxP Network
The following websites within the CftxP Network are hosted by Fatcow:
I purchased a hosting server from FatCow which produces approximately 1,390 lbs or 0.65 mT of carbon dioxide and, thus, uses about 1,230.1 kWh a year.
As I purchased an entire server hosted by FatCow for the CftxP Network, the server's power needs are my own responsibility. As 0.65 metric tons of CO2 are emitted by the average web hosting server, my server likely emits the same amount. As it is 200% carbon-neutral, FatCow, on behalf of the CftxP Network, inputs about 1.3 mT or 2,780 lbs of wind-powered renewable energy back into the grid every year. This means that, through Fatcow, the CftxP Network is actually carbon-negative by -0.65 mT which is equivalent to 1,230.1 kWh of fossil-fuel powered energy.
These calculations are based on the following figures:
As GreenGeeks allows the CftxP Network to be carbon-negative by about 113 lbs or 100 kWh and Fatcow allows the CftxP Network to be carbon-negative by about 2,780 lbs or 1,230.1 kWh, then just by using environmentally-sustainable web hosting, the CftxP Network is already carbon-negative by 2,893 lbs (1.31 mT) or 1,330 kWh (1.33 mWh) of fossil-fuel based energy.
Industrialized society is highly dependent on technology and our lives seem to revolve around gadgets such as phones, computers, tablets, TVs, etc.
But how much do energy do we really use and how much do we, thus, emit? According to the Electric Power Research Institute:
Compare this to the fact that a single 60W CFL light bulb consumes approximately 14 kWh of energy annually and produces 15.82 lbs of CO2 every year. Our gadgets use relatively little energy compared to other more basic appliances such as TVs (358 kWh) likely due to the fact that these devices are relatively more expensive, yet modern and so they are bound to be more energy-efficient. However, every lb counts but we should focus on appliances that use more energy such as TVs and laptops when it comes to limiting usage for the sake of the environment.