The new Green Software Foundation aims to create a trusted open source ecosystem for building environmentally sustainable software.
The non-profit organization, which is hosted by the Linux Foundation and includes founding members Microsoft, GitHub, ThoughtWorks, and Accenture, will specifically focus on:
- Establishing standards, best practices, and patterns for building green software, as well as guiding government policy toward consistent measurement and reporting of software emissions.
- Accelerating innovation by nurturing trusted open source and open data projects and supporting academic research.
- Building awareness and driving widespread adoption of green software through training and education.
“We envision a future where carbon-free software is standard—where software development, deployment, and use contribute to the global climate solution without every developer having to be an expert,” said Erica Brescia, chief operating officer, GitHub, in the announcement.