In 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation Board formally declared, "We believe that a long-term commitment to sustainability is an essential component of our work towards the Wikimedia mission and vision," and they made a set of commitments that encompasses including an environmental impact statement in the WMF 2018 annual plan. This poster will present an examination of the environmental impact of the infrastructure and operation of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation, and will outline the various factors that can be monitored and improved over time in the form of a roadmap for sustainability. As we convene in a city that is on the brink of a major water catastrophe, it is important to be aware that the Wikimania event is one that puts pressure on local resources, and it gives us an opportunity to deeply reflect on how can we minimize the environmental impact of spreading free knowledge around the world.
Attendees will gain an awareness of the environmental impact WMF and its affiliates are making in pursuit of globally spreading free knowledge, and they will learn what can be done to mitigate that impact, both at the organizational level and the individual level. Supporting slide deck