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A greener internet?

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Matthew Cock <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 14 Feb 2007 09:13:10 -0000

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All,

 

I was thinking about how a museum might make its activities more
sustainable, in terms of reducing its carbon footprint, etc. And then I
got to thinking about the museum's website (as is my job) and the
internet in general. On a large scale, how much energy does the internet
use up? Is anyone aware of any figures? On a local scale, we could
evaluate the energy used up by the servers hosting our site, and the PCs
and infrastructure inside our Museum. But how far could we decrease
these (I'm not going to even mention 'off-setting' as an option), even
as we aim to increase our site visits, and ensure good bandwidth and
zero downtime? We increasingly demand that our websites are accessible,
and require of 3rd parties that they help us to achieve that - is there
a place for requirements that our ISPs use renewable sources of energy?
Just one thought. Anyway - if anyone else has any thoughts on this, I'd
be really interested, and perhaps we can start a discussion. I have done
a few searches on Google, but nothing has jumped out at me as a major
movement to a greener internet.

 

Oh, and a happy Valentine's Day to all MCG members.

 

Best,

Matthew
 
Head of Web | Department of Learning and Information | The British
Museum | www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk <http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/>

tel: 020 7323 8169 | work mobile: 07971 433841

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