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Green Web Hosting Providing Clean Hosting Solutions
By: Joe Eitel
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  • Canvas Dreams
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    Green Web Hosting Providing Clean Hosting Solutions - Canvas Dreams

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    Canvas Dreams has headquarters in both Portland, Oregon and Edinburgh, Scotland, and both locations do whatever they can to use green power, create as small a carbon footprint as possible, and keep their electronics in the consumer stream. The company purchases all of their power from Portland General Electric, which only uses and sells locally-generated wind power. As a result, this means that though Canvas Dreams doesn't have any on-site wind turbines, technically they are 100 percent powered by the wind.

    According to the company, Portland General Electric's Clean Wind Program enables them to "purchase renewable wind power generated at wind farms in the Pacific Northwest. The new power is fed onto the grid to offset our consumption of electricity from non-renewable sources. Unlike carbon offset programs, Clean Wind enables us to purchase new electricity from local wind sources to directly benefit the Pacific Northwest environment and economy."

    The company also takes great pains to be wind-powered overseas, as well. Canvas Dreams' Scotland Center purchases 100 percent of its power from ScottishPower, which obtains all of its energy from wind turbines.

    As if that weren't sustainable enough, Canvas Dreams also takes their green initiatives a step further by purchasing all of their web hosting equipment, which doesn't seem like a big deal, but it's important to point out that most -- if not all -- web hosting companies lease the equipment. By buying old equipment, Canvas Dreams can fix it up and keep otherwise perfectly good equipment out of landfills and in the consumer stream.

    The company also uses super-efficient mini dedicated servers, which only weigh three pounds and are built using much cleaner manufacturing methods. These smaller servers are a more recent addition to Canvas Dreams' green initiatives, as they use small amounts of power and generate almost no heat. Here are some more of the company's green practices, according to their website:

    • Aggressive Recycling: All of Canvas Dreams' paper and cardboard is regularly recycled. Metal and other items are recycled at Portland-area drop-offs. "Non-recyclable" packaging and shipping materials, including Styrofoam and bubble wraps, are donated to the local Postal Annex, where they can be reused as packing materials. All plastic, whether it is hard-molded or LDPE plastic bags, can be recycled through the local Master Recyclers program that is held every three months through Washington County, Oregon. Laser toner cartridges are recycled through the local Office Depot. E-waste recycling is handled through E-Tech Recycling, a responsible, nationally recognized and ISO-certified recycler that has a local office in Beaverton, Oregon.

    • Equipment Re-Use: Standard Web servers have an expected shelf life of about three years. After three years, components start to wear down and fail, including power supplies, hard drives, RAM, and even CPUs and motherboards. When a component in Canvas Dreams' network has reached the end of its optimal lifetime, they put it to good use by using it as a game server or development box.

    • Transportation: Using an open telecommuting program, Canvas Dreams staff members are able to save thousands of miles of driving each year. Not only that, but car pooling and public transportation are also encouraged to further reduce the use of fuel.

    • Marketing Collateral and Paper Reduction: All of Canvas Dreams' marketing materials are printed using soy-based ink and low-VOC UV coating on minimum 30 percent recycled paper. Whenever possible, the company also utilizes paperless invoicing and payment processes to further minimize waste.

    Though Canvas Dreams deserves applause for all of their green initiatives, it's not the only Oregon-based green web hosting company making a major splash.

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