Barron of Blog Wife, Kids, and the Pursuit of Happiness

21Apr/072

Green Hosting Service

Green Hosting ServiceMy hosting service, DreamHost, just announced that they have gone green! They are now "carbon neutral," which does not mean they have stopped producing carbon - it simply means that they "buy back" any carbon they do produce (i.e. while running this server) from other companies who are able to cut back their carbon production.

So the net effect, at least hypothetically, is zero carbon emissions. Anyone out there know if this is more than just a good PR stunt? Should I look into buying back carbon for our household, or is it a big scam?

Go, go gadget conservation!

  • Pete

    Hey Mike, regarding offsets here is an interesting article about them.
    http://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/opinion/30246

    At a recent geophysical science meeting there was discussion of the carbon footprint of scientists going to conferences. People thought that the conference should offset this carbon, and the above article was born from that.

    My personal view on offsets is that while offsets can be a satisfying solution to our carbon intensive lifestyle, the best place to focus our efforts should be on conservation and elimination of carbon intensive activities.

  • Pete

    Hey Mike, regarding offsets here is an interesting article about them.
    http://environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/opinion/30246

    At a recent geophysical science meeting there was discussion of the carbon footprint of scientists going to conferences. People thought that the conference should offset this carbon, and the above article was born from that.

    My personal view on offsets is that while offsets can be a satisfying solution to our carbon intensive lifestyle, the best place to focus our efforts should be on conservation and elimination of carbon intensive activities.