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Webinar recording – How to make your website more sustainable



About the webinar

Did you know that a whopping 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions are created by the internet and its supporting network and systems? This is broadly equivalent to the emissions created by the aviation industry. Internet emissions are predicted to double by 2025, as more people come online and digital services increase. We can all do something to address this.

In this one-hour Q+A webinar, website Tech Champion, Andy Leitch, is in conversation with Tom Greenwood – a leading voice in the campaign to make websites and digital activity more sustainable.

You will learn:

  • Why web and digital sustainability matters
  • How to judge if your website is eco-friendly
  • Practical tips on how to make your website greener and reduce your digital carbon footprint
  • To consider sustainability for your ongoing digital activity

Tools and resources

Download the webinar slides presentation [PDF, 7.8mb]

Download the website brief templates [Word, 100k]

Assessing the carbon footprint of your website

These two tools will give you a snapshot of how sustainable your webpages are:

Is your website using green hosting?

Start by simply entering you website address into this tool – https://www.thegreenwebfoundation.org/

Find a UK based green host within this directory – https://www.thegreenwebfoundation.org/directory/

Tom recommends the following green hosts

Reducing the size of images (to save space and energy!)

For compressing your website images – https://shortpixel.com/

Plug-in to auto-optimise images – https://optimole.com/wordpress

Guide to optimising images for the web – https://kinsta.com/blog/optimize-images-for-web

Cleaning up your WordPress Media Library

WordPress Media Cleaner PLugin – https://wordpress.org/plugins/media-cleaner/

Additional reading

Why your internet habits are not as clean as you think (BBC Online Guide to Climate Change)

20 ways to make your website more efficient (Wholegrain Digital article)

Sustainable web design by Tom Greenwood (Book)

 

Further Support

The Digital Culture Network is here to support you and your organisation. Our Tech Champions can provide free 1-2-1 support to all arts and cultural organisations who are in receipt of, or eligible for, Arts Council England funding. If you need help or would like to chat with us about any of the advice we have covered above, please get in touch. Sign up for our newsletter below and follow us on Twitter @ace_dcn for the latest updates.

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