HostGator Unveils Green Power Initiative
As part of its Green initiative, shared, dedicated and reseller web hosting firm, HostGator, has purchased Green-e certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from a Texas wind farm representing 130 percent of the electricity.
RECs offset energy production through a renewable energy resource. The green energy is then fed into the electrical grid. Inc. magazine’s 5000 list recently named the company as the 21st fastest growing company in North America.
Brent Oxley, President and CEO of HostGator.com noted, ”We’re in a position to be part of the solution to climate change, rather than part of the problem. If climate change is happening because of people’s activities, then you have to wonder what kind of world we’re leaving to our children if we don’t change.”
The average server produces roughly the same greenhouse gas emissions as a 15 mpg SUV. Nationwide, some three to four percent of all electricity consumed in the United States goes to powering the IT sector.
HostGator’s service accounts for approximately 1.3 percent of all the domains on the entire Internet, and their green initiative is the equivalent of the following:
• Removing 444 cars from the road for a year, or
• Powering 321 homes with clean energy for a year, or
• Saving 5,654 barrels of oil, or
• Protecting 551 acres of forest for a year.
The IT sector has been conspicuously silent when it comes to admitting and addressing its impact on the climate. HostGator.com lives by a different mantra: Be the change you want to see.
Mr. Oxley added, ”From a purely financial perspective, it would be difficult to justify our greening program, especially given how far we’ve come to get where we are. But we cannot wait any longer for the government to fix the problem of climate change. All of us, including private companies like HostGator, need to do our part as stewards of the environment. We also have a different planning horizon than many companies. We’re looking five, 10, even 20 years into the future. Both individuals and businesses are already beginning to look for ways to reduce their climate impact, and green hosting is a simple way to get started. We have faith that over time the public will respond to what we’re doing.”
HostGator revenue grew by 5297% during the measured period. In addition to being ranked #21 overall, HostGator was also ranked #1 for growth in the Houston metro, #2 for growth in the Business Services category, and #1 for growth within the state of Texas. The Houston-based company had revenues of $18,700,000 in 2007 compared to revenues of $326,000 in 2004 and projects revenues over the next 12 months will reach $50,000,000. Since moving to Houston in 2006, HostGator has created over 155 positions for highly skilled technicians and systems administrators. It recently completed renovations to accommodate a large increase in hiring activity and expects to add at least 100 new employees in Houston over the next few months.
In January, after reporting a successful fiscal year, has given gifts to support cancer fighting initiatives, while promoting education in underdeveloped countries.
The company gave $100,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, and $25,000 to One Laptop per Child. The gifts were decided upon by HostGator management and staff, including a significant contribution to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
In addition. HostGator donated to the international organization, One Laptop Per Child. The Anderson Cancer Center received a gift of $100,000 and One Laptop per Child received $25,000. The goal of One Laptop per Child is spelled out in its name: to improve the educational opportunities for children in underdeveloped regions by giving every child access to an inexpensive, durable, web-capable laptop. At $100 each, the gift from HostGator should provide at least 250 laptops.
Founded in 2002, HostGator is a provider of shared web hosting, dedicated servers and reseller hosting services focused on the consumer and small business markets. HostGator has become a leader in reseller hosting, helping over 20,000 businesses become Web hosting companies.
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