Hi everyone,

Since early 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation has been evaluating efforts
and engaging in discussions related to the environmental impact of the
movement, and specifically the Foundation. During that time, we
supported improvements to our on-wiki documentation,[1] talked with
members of the community, and began reviewing internal processes.

The Wikimedia Foundation is committed to finding ways to reduce the
impact of our activities on the environment. We aim to always act as
responsibly and sustainably as possible, including favoring renewable
energy where it is available for our operations.

To help clarify and solidify our intentions in this important matter,
the Board of Trustees has passed an environmental impact
resolution.[2] This resolution commits the Wikimedia Foundation to:

1.  Seek out information about our overall impact on the environment
and then work to minimize it;

2.  Consider sustainability as an important part of decisions around
servers, operations, travel, offices, and other procurement;

3. Use green energy where it is available and a prudent use of resources; and

4. Starting in 2018, include an environmental impact statement in our
annual plan.

We appreciate the input of the nearly 200 Wikimedians that have
already spoken to this in on Meta-Wiki,[1] and hope that you will join
future efforts to minimize any negative impacts on the environment.
Thank you!

Kind regards,

María and Christophe

María Sefidari, Board Vice Chair, Wikimedia Foundation

Christophe Henner, Board Chair, Wikimedia Foundation

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sustainability_Initiative

[2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Environmental_Impact

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