Green Tech South West welcomed two local developers, Nick Lewis and Dryden Williams, to talk about the environmental impact of websites, and the tools they’ve created to support others in understanding and reducing the impact of their own sites.
First up we had Nick with his lightning talk ‘what makes a sustainable website’ where he gave us a brief introduction to what makes a website sustainable, why it’s important to consider how green your website is and some basic ways you can start making a website more sustainable.
You can read our short interview with Nick ahead of his talk.
Nick is a Creative Technologist at Fiasco Design (UK) and the creator of the-sustainable.dev. He also runs an outdoor adventure blog with his partner, called Mountain and Co. When not writing code or blog posts, he’s outside – getting his fix of fresh air and open landscapes.
Last but by no means least we had Dryden Williams with his lightening talk ‘Saving the world one ping at a time’. In his talk, Dryden covered how EcoPing is on a mission to reduce the carbon emissions of the internet, how this will benefit not just the planet but business too, as well as ways you can use EcoPing to make a difference.
You can read our short interview with Dryden ahead of his talk.
Dryden works as a web developer but most importantly loves to be in nature. If not surfing, he’s running, planting trees or going for long walks. He’s a passionate environmentalist looking to use tech for good to help our planet and people and he’s on a mission to reduce the carbon emissions of the internet.
Watch the event video
To make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for, here’s the key timings in the video:
👋 07:30 – A welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike with a brief overview of GTSW and what we’re about
📢 13:51 – Our famous 60 second intros – a chance for attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting
💚 22:00 – Nick’s talk
💚 39:16 – Dryden’s talk
❓ 55:10 – Q&A session
🗓️ 01:04:50 – Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement
❓ 01:12:06 – Final round of questions.
One of the perks of holding events online, and having such a wonderful and engaging community, is we share a huge amount of useful resources and information throughout the event. Here’s a summary of what we unearthed.
Links & Resources
- The Sustainable Dev
- Nick Lewis’ website
- Website Carbon Calculator
- CAT #Letsgreentheweb impact report
- Action Net Zero
- CAT action guide to help reduce the carbon emissions of websites
- Earth Changes – positive impact sustainable tourism
- Global Goals Centre
- STBAH – Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub for Entrepreneurs
- Adventure Tracks – London based meetup group
- Heylow World
- Design Sustainably
- Boring Technology Club
- Kualo – site hosting
- The Green Web Foundation
- Resource about image file formats
- Electricity Map
- Resource about lazy loading
- Good read AVIF
- Cloud Carbon Footprint – ThoughtWorks
- Digitalhumani – Reforestation as a Service
- Dryden’s Dezeen review article
- Channel 4’s ‘Online habits killing the planet’