We want to share an update on what we’ve been working on, over the last six months or so, regarding the Wikimedia Foundation and our overall environmental sustainability efforts.
In Q1 FY19/20, our focus was on the release of the Foundation’s first Sustainability assessment and carbon footprint report  at Wikimania , publishing a supporting blog post , and participation in the world-wide Digital Climate Strike .
After the release of the assessment and carbon footprint report in August 2019, there was significant feedback  from the Community to provide more information and desiring of a clear understanding of the Foundation’s resource consumption and projected improvements (including a blog post  on Wikimedia Space by Gnom).
In Q2, we leveraged budget underrun to gain more insight from Strategic Sustainability Consulting  that aided in the development of an Impact Statement, which consists of a mission statement, framework, strategic roadmap, and metrics. We also assembled a team of eco-focused staff, that partnered in the creation of the impact statement and identification of future Sustainability project ideas.
The activities over the last few months have put the initial “stake in the ground” for the Foundation’s environmentally conscious path forward and the assessments were pivotal in providing a baseline for our carbon footprint.
In light of this, we have posted the Wikimedia Foundation Impact Statement on Commons  and Meta . Our next steps will be to host a session at the Foundation’s internal All Hands 2020 event to reflect on where we are, how we can help, and solicit project ideas on long lasting and resource saving initiatives.
Cheers and happy holidays to all!
Lydia Hamilton and Deb Tankersley