Flags flying at 2012 Boomtown festival
The Sky's the Limit - looking at Manchester from Horrich
Harvesting the flax
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Creative Local Solutions websites now 'hosted green'

Tilaa.com logo

Over the last couple of weeks I've been switching the sites I host to a new ISP (Internet Service Provider) called Tilaa.com , based in Amsterdam. I chose Tilaa because they provide Virtual Private Servers at competitive prices, and use data centres that utilise renewable energy and are 100% carbon neutral.

According to research , CO2 emissions from telecommunications is already on a par with those from aviation, and is set to double by 2020, so it is clearly important to get this side of things sorted out. Web sites hosted by Tilaa are able to 'wear' a badge like the one...

A 'Community Shares' extention for CiviCRM

Image coutesy of http://www.coopalternatives.coop/community-shares

I am assessing the feasibility of a CiviCRM integrated 'Community Shares' extension on behalf of the Kindling Trust .

Community Shares are a fundraising and investment mechanism available to Co-operative Societies and Community Benefit Societies in the UK - see CommunityShares.org.uk if you want more info.

Kindling are a not for profit organisation based in Northern England, who have been using Civi for a number of years, and are planning on launching a community share offer in the future, in order to raise funds for a community owned farm, to develop sustainable food...

Joined the Drupal Association

Drupal Assn Badge

I'm proud to announce that I am now a member of the Drupal Association - you can view my public profile here. Recently I signed a contract with the Kindling Trust to provide Supported Hosting and Maintenance, plus mail accounts for four of there websites. Because I was able to provide these services at such an affordable price, they told me they wanted to pay me extra on top of what I quoted. In response I said that I would accept the extra payment on condition that I used it to make a contribution to the Open Source Community. It made sense therefore, for me to use this funding, to join...

Green server for Permaculture Magazine

Geo / hydro data centre in Iceland

I was given the task of helping Permaculture Magazine find a new green Internet Service Provider (ISP) to relocate their web services. ISPs are based in data centres which are buildings rammed with servers running 24/7. A data centre can be described as a giant socket, where the internet plugs into the electricity grid, and uses power to run the servers, and importantly to keep them cool.

As environmentalists we are aware of the high CO2 emissions through aviation, and take actions to reduce our impact in this area. What we don't realise however, is that emissions from...