SustainableUX was born when James and Jen, sharing their experiences balancing business-as-usual design projects against a backdrop of increasing climate urgency, realized they could elevate the conversation for others to join and learn from each other. Speaking to other designers, we have found that our profession includes an abundance of folks with both awareness and concern about climate change—who similarly struggle to see how they can make a practical difference against global warming in their day-jobs. We founded this conference in an attempt to provide a forum for practitioners to share the methods and philosophies that enable us to make meaningful contributions to the struggle as individuals, and an industry.

This continues to be an online-only event, in keeping with our goal of helping designers reduce their carbon footprints. In-person conferences can cost thousands of tons of CO2, which we avoid by hosting it on Google Hangouts—which is largely renewable-powered.

You can find the 2016 website archived here. It is even leaner than this site—the typical page, including CSS, was below 5kB.


James Christie

Experience Designer at Mad*Pow. He wrote an article about sustainable web design at A List Apart. @jc_ux

Jen Briselli

Jen’s first love was science, but while earning her physics degree she fell in love with the challenge of communicating as much as she loved researching, so now she’s a design strategist who does all of the above. @jbriselli

Jenn Schlick

Digital Project Manager at the MIT Energy Initiative. She spoke about low-carbon web design at WordCamp Helsinki. @jennschlick

Site design

So this site is a little old school, no? That's in keeping with our mission of sustainability. If more data-intensive sites use more energy to send and view online, then sites with a smaller data footprint are more environmentally-friendly. This site's pages average at just below 10kB per page. Compare that to the average page of today—2.4 MB—or 240 times larger in data terms.

Code of Conduct

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Read our Code of Conduct.