Sustainability Chat Summary, July 19, 2024

The WordPress Sustainability Chat meeting took place on 19-07-2024 11:00 UTC on the Sustainability channel of Make WordPress Slack.

Agenda

You can check the initial agenda here.

News

  • Web sustainability guidelines for WordPress. The idea is to take existing information and examples (such as this one and this one) to create a manual focused on WordPress and its particularities, rather than on the web in general.
    One of the main points that was debated is “who” should we have in mind when writing it. We agreed that there could be 2 potencial different readers, people who work with WordPress (developers and designers) and “casual/simple” users. So making a document that’s appealing to both it’s not easy.
    We could prioritize one for the initial guideline. Further discussion is needed.

Looking for feedback

Looking for volunteers

Attendance

You can find the attendance thread here.

Next meeting

Remember our meetings are biweekly now and that there will be no meeting on August 2nd.

We look forward to seeing you next 16-08-2024 11:00 UTC. If you have any suggestions for the next meeting agenda, please, leave a comment on this post.

Sustainability Chat Agenda, July 19, 2024

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This week’s meeting will be hosted by @yellowlime

Sustainability Team meetings start at 11:00 UTC bi-weekly on Fridays. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the meeting by commenting in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. threads during the meeting and throughout the following days. Meeting notes will be published by the following Tuesday to also incorporate these asynchronous conversations.


These are the topics for this week’s meeting:

1️⃣ News and updates

  • Meeting arrangement during the summer (reminder).
  • Web sustainability guidelines for WordPress. Based on this conversation.

➡️ Looking for feedback

Proposals and discussions in https://make.wordpress.org/sustainability/ and GitHub (General discussions).

2️⃣ Come and Contribute

These are some of the priority projects and tasks to be taken forward. Are you a newcomer? Check our good first issues.

3️⃣ Open Discussions

Anyone is more than welcome to bring any topic for open discussion during the meeting.


You can see all meetings scheduled on this meeting calendar. If you are new to the Sustainability Team, read through our handbook to get to know the team and how we work. And if you have questions, feel free to reach out in the #sustainability Slack channel at any time.

Sustainability Chat Summary, July 5, 2024

The WordPress Sustainability Chat meeting took place on 05-07-2024 11:00 UTC on the Sustainability channel of Make WordPress Slack.

Agenda

You can check the initial agenda here.

News

Looking for feedback

Looking for volunteers

Projects updates

Open discussion

  • WP Sustainability Team Roadmap. @yellowlime has proposed to set up a road map with main objectives of the WP Sustainability Team for the remaining months of 2024. He has also proposed some issues for comment:
    • On the environmental topic:
      • Start the development of the WP Sustainability PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party and guidelines for making websites more sustainable.
      • Applying feedback received on the Sustainable Events Handbook and creating awareness on the existence of the handbook.
    • On the social topic:
      • Defining actionable steps, how we can work more closely with other teams and initiatives (DEIB, Five for the Future, Community Team) on this topic.
    • On the economical topic:
      • Leading by example: securing funding for the development of a WP Plugin and its guidelines.
      • Finding out how we can partner with organizations outside the WP ecosystem that deal with same challenges within the world of open-source..

Attendance

You can find the attendance thread here.

Next meeting

Remember our meetings are biweekly now!

We look forward to seeing you next 19-07-2024 11:00 UTC. If you have any suggestions for the next meeting agenda, please, leave a comment on this post.

Sustainability Chat Agenda, July 5, 2024

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This week’s meeting will be hosted by @nahuai

Sustainability Team meetings start at 12:00 UTC bi-weekly on Fridays. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the meeting by commenting in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. threads during the meeting and throughout the following days. Meeting notes will be published by the following Tuesday to also incorporate these asynchronous conversations.


These are the topics for this week’s meeting:

1️⃣ News and updates

  • Meeting arrangement during the summer
  • Our sustainable events handbook in the spotlight (here, here and here)
  • Planning for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US contributor table

➡️ Looking for feedback

Proposals and discussions in https://make.wordpress.org/sustainability/ and GitHub (General discussions).

  • Feedback would be appreciated on Addressing Overlapping Initiatives and Improving Collaboration Across Teams
  • The Sustainable Events Handbook section: you can make suggestions (or corrections) directly editing the page content on GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ (on each page you will see a “edit” option with the Github icon)
  • Feature overview of the WP Sustainability plugin and the guidelines: feedback and addings to the 2 documents are welcome
  • Training team testing GatherPress as an alternative for MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. (enhancing the data available for metrics tracking contributions and more financially sustainable for the project?)

2️⃣ Come and Contribute

These are some of the priority projects and tasks to be taken forward. Are you a newcomer? Check our good first issues.

3️⃣ Open Discussions

Does anyone have an open discussion topic they’d like to bring to the team?


You can see all meetings scheduled on this meeting calendar. If you are new to the Sustainability Team, read through our handbook) to get to know the team and how we work. And if you have questions, feel free to reach out in the #sustainability Slack channel at any time.

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Sustainability Chat Summary, June 21, 2024

The WordPress Sustainability Chat meeting took place on 21-06-2024 12:00 UTC on the Sustainability channel of Make WordPress Slack.

Attendance

You can find the attendance thread here.

Agenda

You can check the initial agenda here.

1. News

Update from WCEU and the Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/., including a post on our blog about sustainability at WCEU 2024:

  • WP Sustainability pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party feature overview and guidelines for educational purposes
  • Suggestions to improve the Sustainable Events Handbook section (added to our handbook) in issue #44
  • We finally have team badges, soon able to assign them to all contributors and members :tada:

Looking for feedback

2. Come and contribute

Looking for volunteers

3. Open discussions

Open topics discussed:

  • Reflections on the sustainability keynote by Joast and Juliette at WCEU and thoughts about the team structure and collaboration with other teams/projects
  • Collaboration with other open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. sustainability initiatives
  • Creating a template/pattern for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organisers to use (or start from) for a dedicated page about sustainability, see GitHub issue for more input/thoughts

Next meeting

Remember our meetings are biweekly now!

We look forward to seeing you next 05-07-2024 12:00 UTC. If you have any suggestions for the next meeting agenda, please, leave a comment on this post.

The Sustainability Team at WCEU 2024

It has already been a week since WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe 2024 took place. We are now ready to review what has been achieved there regarding sustainability. During the event, we’ve seen many contributions/contributors, talks and had many inspiring chats. We have the feeling that sustainability has become a more relevant topic for the community in general.

WCEU Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.

This was our first WordCamp Europe with an official team table. The organizers provided us with two tables (!) based on the number of responses to the registration form. They were pretty crowded throughout the day. We worked with contributors mainly on two projects:

  • the WP Sustainability PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party
  • the Sustainable Events Handbook.

The team reps were able to manage having the official badges as well.

WP Sustainability Plugin

The contributors worked on developing a feature overview to guide the next steps in defining the plugin’s requirements. One of the key points of discussion was trying to find a way to calculate the page size without calling 3rd-party services.

They also worked on expanding one of the points outlined in the feature overview: a handbook to educate on how to make websites more sustainable.

Anyone interested can check the documents and continue the work done by the contributors in the WCEU with suggestions that will help the project move forward.

Sustainable Events Handbook

With the handbook for making WordPress events more sustainable recently published, contributors were able to work on the following related points:

  • Spreading the word. The Marketing team helped us to send an amplification request which will help us to make the whole community aware of the existence of the handbook. And, hopefully, to get more feedback.
  • Collecting and giving feedback. The initial handbook’s GitHub issue was finally closed, and a new one was created to facilitate contributors leaving their comments and improvement suggestions.

Sustainability Team’s badges

The magic of in-person collaboration enabled us to finally reach the objective of having our own Team’s badges. We have now both Sustainability Contributor and Sustainability Team badges. Team Reps already have them in their profiles, but we are still figuring out how to assign them. When we achieve this, the badges will be assigned to contributors following the criteria the team had approved some time ago. We’ll keep you up-to-date through the team’s meetings.

sustainability contributor
sustainability team

In general, it has been a very productive and motivating WCEU Contributor Day for the Sustainability Team. Thank you very much to all the contributors joining.

Thank You to Contributors

A big thanks to all the contributors who were there or present on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. Here are the people who contributed:

Please leave a comment if we missed you, we will add you to the list!

WCEU talks and sessions

The word ‘sustainability’ has been present all along the event, even in the opening session. Joost de Valk and Juliette Reinders Folmer kickstarted the first day with a keynote about the sustainability of the community. They made us all reflect on the future of Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. and how funding and generational change are crucial for the continuity of technology as we understand it today. Two further sessions continued to develop the topic of the social and economic sustainability of WordPress.

Firstly, we had a case study on how this generational change is happening in Uganda’s WordPress Community. Abraham Waita explained how the integration of WordPress into high school curricula is engaging the younger generation and empowering them to build the future of the community.

Secondly, a WordCamp Connect session opened the discussion to “Democratising Opportunities”. Carole Olinger (@caroleo), Karim Marucchi (@pirazo), and Courtney Robertson (@courane01) exchanged views and experiences about contributing and funding and included in the conversation two very interesting and not-so-brought topics: the mental health of the contributors and the point of view of the companies that fund them.

In addition to the economic and social sustainability of WordPress, there was also space to address the environmental aspect. During the WordCamp Connect session on the first Conference Day, Nahuai Badiola (@nbadiola) and Simon Kraft (@krafit) led a conversation about how to set sustainable standards for WordPress. Many attendees discussed the possibilities and difficulties of reducing emissions from WordPress sites.

Last but not least, Bjarne Oldrup (@oldrup) explained in his session, on the second Conference Day, how it is possible to have a website creation business that is economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable. This is a talk full of practical and real examples and cases of how to manage a business with a total focus on sustainability.

While we wait for the recordings to be uploaded, you can view the sessions’ slides:

This is all in terms of scheduled content. We are very happy to say that the conversations extended beyond the sessions, including chats in hallways, meetings, informal gatherings, and breaks. We couldn’t capture all of it in one post, but that’s what makes in-person contributions special. We look forward to seeing you all again soon and hope to meet the contributors who couldn’t attend this time. In the meantime, we will see you all at the meetings.

This post has been reviewed by: @littlebigthing and @yellowlime

Sustainability Chat Agenda, June 21, 2024

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This week’s meeting will be hosted by @noradriana

Sustainability Team meetings start at 12:00 UTC bi-weekly on Fridays. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the meeting by commenting in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. threads during the meeting and throughout the following days. Meeting notes will be published by the following Tuesday to also incorporate these asynchronous conversations.


These are the topics for this week’s meeting:

1️⃣ News and updates

➡️ Looking for feedback

Proposals and discussions in https://make.wordpress.org/sustainability/ and GitHub (General discussions).

  • The Sustainable Events Handbook section has been added to the team handbook. You can make suggestions (or small corrections) directly editing the page content on GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ (on each page you will see a “edit” option with the Github icon).
  • During WCEU’s Contributor Day a start has been made with the feature overview of the WP Sustainability plugin and the guidelines that will become a crucial part for education. Feedback and addings to the 2 documents are welcome.

2️⃣ Come and Contribute

These are some of the priority projects and tasks to be taken forward. Are you a newcomer? Check our good first issues.

3️⃣ Open Discussions

Does anyone have an open discussion topic they’d like to bring to the team?


You can see all meetings scheduled on this meeting calendar. If you are new to the Sustainability Team, read through our handbook) to get to know the team and how we work. And if you have questions, feel free to reach out in the #sustainability Slack channel at any time.

The Sustainability Team’s Handbook for events is here!

The first version of the Sustainable Events Handbook is finally launched! 🎉

Over the past months, members of the Sustainability Team have been sharing their ideas and experiences on how WordPress community events can be held more sustainably. All this input has formed the basis of the first draft, which eventually became the first version we are excited to announce today. 

As there’s no perfect or defined way of being environmentally sustainable, the current objective of this handbook is to provide organizers and attendees with ideas of how they can contribute to making WordPress events more sustainable. 

Here is what we’ve included in the handbook:

  • Actionable tips for organizers. We know how much effort it takes to organize WordPress events, so we’ve simplified the ways you can make it more sustainable. Our suggestions cover all aspects of the event and include tips for reducing waste, saving energy, promoting eco-friendly practices at the events, and more. 
  • Information for attendees. Whether you want to participate more sustainably, or you’re an organizer seeking ways to raise awareness among attendees – we made a section for you.
  • Flexibility. There are no hard rules, but every suggestion you turn into action is a step forward. We hope this handbook inspires you to help make our WordPress event more sustainable.

To ensure its longevity, the Handbook’s future versions should include information that will help the sustainability of events, not only from an environmental perspective but also from a social and economic one. To ensure the longevity of our planet, we hope this Handbook will be merged with the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. and MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Organizer Handbooks.

Do you have suggestions or notes on the first version? You can contribute to it through the GitHub repository.

Do you want to join us in developing the social and economic aspects of the Handbook and help us make it easier for organizers and attendees to make WordPress events more sustainable?

Let’s meet next Thursday, June 13th, at the Sustainability Team’s table at the WordCamp Europe 2024 Contributor Day, or our next team meeting. 

We’re looking forward to your feedback!

This text has been reviewed by: @celigaroe and @lirommil

Join the WordPress Sustainability Team during WCEU’s Contributor Day

The WordPress Sustainability Team will be present during Contributor Day at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe on Thursday 13th of June 2024.

Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. is about you the contributor, regardless of occupation and skills! Whether you’re a developer, designer, writer, or enthusiast, your unique talents are valued and appreciated as we work together to shape the future of WordPress. Contributor Day is a true celebration of the WordPress community spirit as it kicks off WordCamp Europe this year. 

We are looking forward to celebrate the first birthday of the WordPress Sustainability Team. The team was born during WCEU’s Contributor Day in Athens in 2023. During the day, we invite you to discuss with us and to work on the following topics:

  1. Team Organization and MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress.
  2. Sustainable Events: How can we make events more sustainable?
  3. Technical Environmental Impact: What is needed to lower the energy consumption of WordPress as a CMS. We will discuss our plans and roadmap for our own WordPress Sustainability PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.

No previous knowledge or technical skills are required to join us during Contributor Day. Besides some interest in sustainability of course. 😉

💡 Good to know: the Sustainability Team works on the environmental, social and economical sustainability of the WordPress ecosystem.

Please note that pre-registration for WCEU’s Contributor Day was required. The limited number of spaces have all been claimed. If you cannot make it join Contributor Day in person, please join us at Slack. We attempt to connect with you during the day.

For more information about Contributor Day and its time schedule, please visit the official WCEU website.

We look forward seeing you in Torino (during Contributor Day)!