Sustainability principles drive everything we do at Mightybytes. We run our agency with a triple bottom line philosophy that supports people, planet, and prosperity. Here’s how that plays out.
Designing for Sustainability
We are leaders in the growing field of Sustainable Web Design, working to raise awareness about the internet’s environmental impact and to educate designers and developers about the tools and tactics they can use to create digital products and strategies that are both people- and planet-friendly. We blog regularly about the intersection of sustainability, design, and technology and offer green hosting powered by renewable energy with every project. Tim’s book, Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services is a great resource for digital teams looking to integrate sustainability practices in their own work.
Ecograder is a free online tool to help you better understand how to improve your website’s efficiency and power it with renewable energy. Ecograder’s handy reports help you find quick and easy ways to reduce consumption, eliminate waste, and use less energy. Ecograder has been featured in Fast Company’s CoExist, The Green Market Oracle, Sustainable Brands, and several other publications.
We promote sustainability principles in work and in life. Here are some of our efforts related to engaging our team in more sustainable practices:
- Members of our team participated in peer-to-peer education on topics like water conservation, recycling, green cleaning.
- When possible, we walk, bike, and take public transit to work instead of driving. Our office is located near CTA and METRA Stops. There is a Divvy bike sharing station outside our office, and a bike room in the basement of our office building.
- Our crew participates in a variety of annual bike commuting and green commuting challenges sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance.
- We have a green travel policy, that encourages employees to only travel when necessary and to use green forms of transit when possible. All air travel emissions are offset through fellow B Corp 3 Degrees.
- Mightybytes has a green purchasing policy that requires the use of B Corporation vendors when possible.
- We use Zealous Good to donate items that we no longer need, in addition to traditional recycling.
Green Office Practices
We also embrace sustainability in more traditional means. In 2013, Mightybytes finished in the top ten of the Chicago Green Office Challenge. Our office on Ravenswood has many green features, including:
- Partially recycled drywall
- An energy-efficient HVAC system
- Energy Star-rated appliances
- NEST system, which helps us track and refine our energy use
- Low VOC paints
- Energy efficient LED lighting
- Custom countertops made with recycled cement and other reclaimed materials
- Two living green walls
- Recycling and e-waste recycling
- Use of environmentally-friendly cleaning products
- We use Waste Not Compost, a zero emissions composting service in our neighborhood
Our office culture also includes brewing beer, and kegging equipment cuts down on the bottles that we use during that process.
Each year we offer a grant of pro bono services that help Climate Ride move its mission forward through website improvements. Several Mightybytes employees have participated in past Climate Ride charity cycling events, pedaling over 300 miles and raising much needed funds for organizations supporting sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Teams comprised of Mightybytes employees and their friends have thus far raised over $100,000.00 on Climate Ride events.
B the Change
Finally, all of these efforts are grounded in being proud members of the global B Corp community of people using business as a force for good in the world. To find out more about what that means, check out our B Corporation page.