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Environmental Sustainability

How can a radio station work towards environmental sustainability? Especially if it is an internet radio station? Can the two meet and co-join in a tree-planting utopia? Can it be done? On this page I am going to write how Harrogate Community Radio are working towards becoming carbon-neutral and offsetting the damage caused by human activity on our environment. This is the Harrogate Community Radio Environmental Sustainability Pledge.

Is Harrogate Community Radio Environmentally Sustainable?

Let’s start with the basics; this website. This website, the one you are looking at right now, is hosted on an environmentally-minded hosting package. We went with a server farm who are a company that values quality products and exceptional customer service above acquisitions and sales figures. With an average of over seven years’ experience in the web hosting industry, their team is made of experts who have worked for some of the biggest brands in the industry, from development to system administration to support.

Our hosting company offer…

  • Carbon Offset Planting: the server company we use works with tree-planting organisations to plant trees for each website they host, as well as other Gold Standard certified projects.
  • Green Businesses Practices: their staff works together to run an eco-friendly business, including using green energy and reducing travel by working remotely.
  • Eco-Friendly Tech: our website is hosted on an extremely energy-efficient server.

Our Business Practices: Towards Environmental Sustainability?

The admin and founders of Harrogate Community Radio are committed environmentalists. Scooby was head of Harrogate Greenpeace back in the day, when it used to run. Allan sits on the board of Long Lands Common and Andy studied Zoology & Botany at uni – but was a bit too thick to work in the field so went in to teaching, instead of research.

  • We all maintain a low carbon footprint personally and in the way we approach our personal life & our business life.
  • When a purchase is made in our online shop, we offer to plant a tree on your behalf. This is all done from the comfort of your own desk.
  • The electricity used to power the responsive tech that edit the shows and maintain the station, from our end, are all powered through renewable energy; some of us even have our own solar panels!
  • Harrogate Community Radio is run remotely – as in; there is no central studio for people to drive to in their SUV and no extra building to heat. The shows you are listening to are produced by the Presenter in their own home. This cuts down on travel costs and eliminates the footprint of having a studio.

Is Harrogate Community Radio A Carbon-Neutral Website?

We have teamed up with a company to help offset the carbon footprint of www.harrogatecommunityradio.online – the company we have partnered with uses technology to make tree planting easy. Since their inception in 2006, more than 130,000 users and +2,200 companies have planted 5 million trees using their platform. Tree Nation are a non-profit organisation currently offering more than 50 reforestation projects.

Tree-Nation was founded in 2006 by Maxime Renaudin. Over the years their team has been growing and attracting lots of talented and very dedicated people. Their team are all motivated by the same goal to protect our planet and help the collective effort to stop climate change. It is quite an exciting project to be a part of!

We offer a system of making the site Carbon Neutral through tree planting. Also, when you buy an item from the online shop on HCR’s site you will be sponsoring the planting of a tree.

Summary

So, a carbon-neutral website; can such a thing be achieved? Can the organisation be labelled as Carbon-Neutral? Harrogate Community Radio does not exist in a bubble and we have environmental obligations as entertainers in the community. We are trying to lead the way in bringing environmentally conscious media to Harrogate. Yes, the off-setting technology is still developing. But, it is developing at pace and we are keeping up with the crest of the wave. When a new method of reducing our footprint is revealed, we will be present.



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