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Green Hosting from HostPapa

Posted Oct 02 2008 4:21pm

Every so often I will come across a product that I think is worthy enough to be higlighted in an article of it's own. Below you will find one such product. Here is a little information I pulled from the website. I just thought it would be nice to give an introduction to anyone who has never heard of this company that is doing their part for the environment.

Green Hosting from HostPapa

100% Powered by Certified Green Renewable Energy Sources

HostPapa has taken the initiative of going green by purchasing 100% green renewable energy to power our data center, web servers, office computers, laptops and office space. These energy sources supply HostPapa's entire equivalent energy consumption into the power-grid with certified 100% renewable green energy sources, such as wind and solar-powered energy.

Why Go Green?

Over 80% of greenhouse gas emissions produced by man-made causes in the U.S. are the result of burning natural gas, oil, coal, and other fossil fuels. Half - that's 50% - of energy consumption is by corporations. Put those two statistics together and you get the short answer to why HostPapa felt the call to go green.

Renewable or "green" energy is produced without the consumption of precious natural resources, instead created by harnessing the power of the sun, wind, water, biomass, and biogas, to name a few. Renewable energy produces significantly less carbon emissions, and in some cases, none at all.

Aiming to do our part (and maybe some of yours too) to fight global climate change, HostPapa has taken - and still is taking - bold measures to switch over our datacenters and administrative headquarters to 100% renewable electricity suppliers.

Besides the obvious benefits to our environment, our health, and that of our progeny, going green also provides significant economic benefits to local communities. Since most sources of green power are smaller, locally-based businesses, switching over to procuring energy from renewable electricity providers stimulates local economies.

Additionally, by being green, HostPapa reduces the strain on North America's overburdened energy infrastructure, going a long way to securing a sustainable future for our children.

Among the steps that HostPapa has taken in this metamorphosis to a green web host is purchasing our electricity from suppliers that participate in one of the following programs:

Green-E Certified
Energy companies boasting the Green-E label voluntarily adhere to the strict environmental and consumer protection guidelines set by the top independent certification body for renewable energy products in the U.S. By participating in this program, we subject ourselves to period audits of each and every megawatt hour of green energy used. Baring the Green-E Certified label gives you and your site visitors the confidence in supplier qualification and quality assurance that only a third-party verifier can provide.

Green Tags
Complementing the Green-E certification program, these renewable energy certificates are another way to support the reduction of harmful carbon emissions akin to purchasing power directly from renewable energy providers. Like the 2007 Academy Awards, HostPapa is a purchaser of Green Tags.

EcoLogo Environmental Choice Progam
This mark is for Canadian renewable electricity providers what the Green-E label is for U.S. suppliers. Run by Canada's government, the EcoLogo program certifies the leaders in more than 300 different categories of products according the strictest environmental standards.

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