Been reading Philip JosÃ© Farmer’s Dayworld series and found myself thinking about that dang ol’ environment. In the Dayworld universe, a future society “solves” pollution and resource shortages by keeping 1/6 of the world’s population in suspended animation at any given time. Perhaps an extreme solution… :)
Someone once suggested Wikimedia could get into the carbon credits market… which sounds like a lovely scam we should avoid at all costs. ;) But what can we really do to be greener? What is WMF’s actual footprint…?
- The servers
We run a few hundred computers 24/7; they and their air conditioning suck up electricity. Could we be more efficient about our power usage? Do our newer 2x quad-core boxes pump more page views per kilowatt than our older machines, and if so should we retire the older ones? Should we investigate blade servers or Sun’s “CoolThreads” systems again?
- The office
The main office houses a handful of employees; it’s no BigCo but every bit helps, right? There’s lights, computers, air conditioning, and of course the impact of a few people commuting every day. Moving to San Francisco will make most of those commutes practical by public transportation instead of automobiles, and the more moderate climate could save on electricity spent running the AC.
We run an international conference every year, as well as smaller meetings and individual speaking engagements. What’s the impact of several hundred people taking transcontinental or intercontinental flights? Can we or should we reduce the amount of travel?