Tuesday 18th June, 2013
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Estimates are in on Internet power use and the results don’t paint a rosy picture. Some say the Web consumes as much electricity as 30 nuclear power plants, others claim it’s more than the airline industry or a small country like Sweden. Regardless of who’s right, the fact remains that our favorite information resource uses a lot of electricity, very little of which comes from clean or renewable sources.
Web designers may be a bit late to the climate change party, due in part to the common misconception that the Internet is a “green” medium, but they have a huge opportunity to make a difference in its carbon footprint. Sustainable Web Design practices can reduce power consumption while serving up leaner and greener pages to more users across more platforms and devices.
Tim Frick and Julian Rockwood of Mightybytes, an Illinois B Corp, will discuss internet power usage, principles of sustainable web design, and the story of how their product EcoGrader—a free tool that measures website sustainability and was recently featured in Fast Company—can help web designers build more efficient and sustainable websites.
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