Tim Frick is the Founder and President of Mightybytes, a Chicago-based digital agency and Certified B Corporation helping nonprofits, social enterprises, and purpose-driven companies. He is also a speaker, community leader, and author on sustainable design and has published four books, including Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services. In addition to his work at Mightybytes, Tim is a former board member and board president at Climate Ride. He’s also a board member at Alliance for the Great Lakes, Co-chair at W3C’s Sustainable Web Design community group, and the Co-founder and Community Organizer for B Local Illinois, a foundation helping local and regional organizations attain social and environmental goals.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- Tim Frick gives an overview of his interest in digital sustainability
- What is digital sustainability, and how does it impact the environment and society?
- Tim expounds on digital waste
- Making the internet more sustainable
- What is an Ecograder?
- How nonprofits can support digital sustainability
- Tim shares his favorite software tools
In this episode…
In many ways, the Internet makes our lives easier by providing instant communication, accessible information, online payment platforms, and the ability to work from home. But are you aware that the Internet pollutes the environment?
Over the years, our reliance on electronic devices has led to the creation of digital waste — obsolete devices that have reached the end of their life cycle. Unwanted computers, cell phones, and other electronic equipment account for 60 million pounds of landfill waste and 3-5% of global emissions. However, according to Tim Frick, a pioneer in digital sustainability, we can decrease our digital footprint by practicing digital sustainability. Beyond donating and recycling older gadgets, Tim advocates for using energy-efficient web hosts. Individuals and companies can also create performance-enhanced digital products and services by reducing data payloads, optimizing smaller images, and decreasing page size.
In this episode of the Mission Matters Podcast with Paul Feith, Tim Frick, Founder and President of Mightybytes, discusses digital sustainability — the process of incorporating environmental, economic, and social stewardship practices into digital products and services. Tim explains how digital waste impacts the environment, how the internet can be more sustainable, and provides nonprofits with ideas on supporting digital sustainability.
Resources Mentioned in this episode
- Paul Feith of LinkedIn
- Paul Gregory Media (PGM)
- Tim Frick on LinkedIn
- Designing for Sustainability: A Guide to Building Greener Digital Products and Services by Tim Frick
- Website Carbon Calculator
- Data Disposal Strategy
- Sustainable Marketing Stack
- Sustainable SEO
- Sustainable Web Design
Sponsor for this episode…
Today’s episode is sponsored by Paul Gregory Media, a 17-year-old digital marketing agency in downtown Naperville, Illinois.
They are one of the few thousand Certified B Corporations worldwide, demonstrating PGM as a leader of a global movement to use business as a force for good, meeting high standards of accountability, transparency, and community involvement. They have been trusted by hundreds of organizations since 2006.
PGM is recognized as one of the top marketing agencies in the region, earning more awards than many of its competitors combined. They have the passion, commitment, and expertise to get it done.