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Links, articles, podcasts, communities and more regarding green UX/UI Design

Here you’ll find a very personal list of selected links that have been extremely helpful to me along the way in understanding the topic, finding study results, meeting people, and falling in love with the details of sustainable UX / UI design.

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Books and ebooks

Sustainable Web Design

Tom Greenwood’s book is a real gem in this green web design niche. It covers a lot of ground, from analysis to concrete steps and well-researched facts.

Designing for sustainability

Tim Frick’s book really packs a punch. It covers all sorts of topics from sustainable hosting to content to ways of working. And it also takes a very scientific approach to the subject.

Ethical Design Handbook

A practical handbook on ethical design for digital products. Includes discussions on data security, transparency, positive change, and ethical design practices.

Smarte grüne Welt (German)

A book about digitalization between surveillance, consumption and sustainability. It revolves in many ways around the opportunities and risks of digitization.

World Wide Waste

You want to know more about the facts, figures and background of the internet? You want to get an idea of how much data garbage we have already produced? Then Gerry McGovern’s book is just the thing for you.

Podcasts, talks, workshops

Webinar “A sustainable approach to green web design” (by me)

One of my webinars I did last year for the sustainability community “WaggleDancers” that is now available for free.

Sustainable UX conference 2019

Many valuable sessions on ethically, environmentally, and socially sustainable UX in various industries.

Bits und Bäume conference 2018 (German)

A great collection of great (German language) talks that address the various topics around sustainability on the web.

Podcast about Sustainable UX

James Christie gives a nice insight into the world of green web design in the interview with many further recommendations.

Podcast with Gerry McGovern about his book World Wide Waste

There are many podcast interviews about Gerry McGovern’s book “World Wide Waste” and this is one of them.

Podcast “Kommt der digitale Klimakollaps‪?‬” (German)

A top podcast on the topic of digitalization with its opportunities to make the world a better place and its risks to destroy it with the enormous energy demand.


The CAT community is a very diverse and international group of people from various industries. Among other things, there is a Slack group for exchange (highly recommended), volunteer opportunities and many exciting lectures and projects.

Climate Designers

Originated in the U.S., subgroups are gradually being opened in various countries via the Community Climate Designers. Slowly, there also will be more local chapters which could be near you. There is an exchange platform and you can be listed as a Climate Designer.

Bits und Bäume (German)

Originating from the Bits and Trees conference, this community is dedicated to all socially, ecologically and socially sustainable topics of digitalization. Exciting topics are always discussed, especially in the forum.

Mindful Commerce

Mindful Commerce is both, a directory for ethical marketers and designers as well as a great community. There are monthly meetups, exciting talks and the opportunity to exchange ideas about ethical selling.


Reflecta is a German-speaking community of changemakers and people who want to make a difference. There are matchings to expand your network, a marketplace and a lot of space to discuss and exchange ideas.

Sustainable UX (SUX) Whit

First it was a manifesto, now it’s a bunch of people who are actively looking for more sustainable UX solutions with the help of a toolkit. Around it, an international community is emerging that is well worth a look.

Articles and studies

Green UX: Is your UI harming the environment?

The article provides an overview of parts of the problem and ways to make better decisions as a UX designer.

Sustainable UX Design

A short article and introduction to the topic of sustainable web design and the carbon footprint of the internet.

Greenpeace Click Clean Report

Already a bit older (2017), but still with insanely interesting facts around the big companies, services, data centers and much more.

Low Tech Magazine

A solar powered blog that is also sometimes unavailable when there is not enough sun. Low Tech Magazine questions many topics and always presents exciting discussions for debate.

Green web hosting: Comparison (German)

Web hosting with electricity from renewable sources makes a very big difference in the sustainability of your website. How can anyone find and choose a green web host?

How CDN is better for the planet

When choosing your hoster’s location, it is important to go for local data centers. Close to your main target audience. Or to choose a CDN. Because distance is also important for data streams.

Using Ethics In Web Design

Ethical thinking was the cornerstone of the Internet, yet somehow it got lost. What can you do to bring them back? What are questions, methods and tools?

Green UX Checklist

Manoverboard’s Green UX Checklist helps to get you started with six easy steps like image compression and optimization tools.

Studies of the Borderstep Institute

The Borderstep Institute repeatedly publishes great studies on a very scientific basis, e.g. on data centers or the energy requirements of video streaming.

Ericsson study: ICT and the climate

The Ericsson study is an insanely comprehensive publication with lots of valuable content on the entire information and communications industry including, video, social media, data centers, etc.

The Megawatts behind Your Megabytes: Going from Data-Center to Desktop

According to the study, internet energy consumption is roughly divided into 48% for the data centers, 14% for the telecommunications networks, and 38% for the user’s end devices. This varies for each website and user, of course, but it represents a typical scenario.

Publication “Künstliche Intelligenz – Können wir mit Rechenleistung unseren Planeten retten?” (German)

The publication highlights both the opportunities of digitization in the form of artificial intelligence, but also the downsides. It discusses how future AI can be designed with real added value for the environment and climate.

Mightybytes blog

The Mightybytes agency has a great blog on all sorts of topics and lots of content on green web design. Highly recommended.

Wholegraindigital blog

The agency Wholegraindigital also has a great blog on all sorts of topics and lots of content on green web design. There is also a great newsletter.


One single tweet generates as much CO2, as a human fart and therefore 0.02g CO2. With 500 mio. tweets daily that sums up to 10 tons CO2/day.

Permaculture on the web

An article on the twelve principles of permaculture that can be applied to designing websites in a sustainable and inclusive way.


Sustainable Web Manifesto

A call for open, clean, efficient, honest, regenerative and resilient web design.

AGD Charta für nachhaltiges Design (German)

The charter serves all designers, from print and graphic designers to product and process designers and web designers.

The Copenhagen Letter

A manifesto for humanity-centered design, transparency, ethical trade and much more.

Oslo Manifesto

The Oslo Manifesto would like to inspire designers and creatives of all kinds to adopt the SDGs as design standards for a new, sustainable world.

Sustainable UX Manifesto Whit

(Coming soon.) Join the Manifesto for Sustainable UX Design to lay a foundation for green, ethical, and social action in your job.

Other great guides, directories and more

Nachhaltiges Webdesign Jetzt

Gerrit Schuster has created an absolutely great library of sustainable web do’s and dont’s. The library is constantly growing and contains an enormous number of great tips and tricks for green web design.

Mozilla Internet Health Report

Mozilla releases an annual Internet Health Report that also discusses the environmental sustainability of the web.

Directory of sustainable web entrepreneurs (German)

This directory is currently creating a great group of web designers, developers, marketers and strategists who are committed to environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Web Design

A site from the two agencies Mightybytes and WHOLEGRAINdigital, who deal very extensively with the ecological aspect of web design and have also written the Sustainable Web Manifesto.

Threebility Impact Canvas Whit

Threebility provides us with methods to think about business in a more sustainable way. These include the Impact Canvas and the Sustainable Business Model Canvas.s

Design Sustainably EU

A site about green web design and green tech by Peter Rod, a fellow UX designer with a lot of his favorite resources.

Sustainable Dev Directory

This site offers a sustainable developer directory as well as super helpful resources. Especially for tech savvy web designers and devs.

The Ethical Move

This group deals with all ethical topics in the digital field. You can also take their pledge. Absolutely recommended and great!

The Green Pages

Another extensive list of articles, resources and topics.

Who’s talking to you about this?

Hi, I’m Sandy, a UX/UI designer from Cologne with the vision of a sustainable web. I support brands to create ecologically sustainable websites, applications, online stores, portals and other digital products. Because we as designers and companies have a responsibility. And because it honestly has a lot of benefits.

There are so many great and creative ways that I like to incorporate into my projects and share with you outside of them. You have links that you would like to see here in the list? Then send me a message and let’s chat about what I should definitely include here.

Sandy Dähnert

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