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technology, particularly green IT has been one of TechSoup’s missions for many
In a nutshell, it is any and all IT practices that reduce
the environmental impact and carbon footprint of organizations. Recently we
teamed up with Microsoft on a great informational website that gets to the
heart of the matter, the Greener
fond of the overly clever antimetabole we came
up with a few years ago: green IT uses technology to reduce environmental
impact and reduces the environmental impact of technology. It’s more helpful I
think to list what all green IT covers:
Perhaps the deepest area of concentration for TechSoup in
green IT has been our work in refurbishment and extending the life of IT
equipment. Our Refurbished
Computer Initiative has provided charities and libraries with top quality
refurbished desktop and laptop computers at competitive prices and with free
end of life recycling for many years. Our latest shipment of refurbished
computers includes Office 2010, which includes Word, Excel, and Outlook, OneNote,
Visio viewer, and PowerPoint.
We have a green
technology place on TechSoup.org that features our content and products
that support green IT. Greener
IT Challenge is one of our newest offerings. It is a non-commercial and fun
website that has a short video, which is a bit like the Story of Stuff on what green IT is all
about, and a fun five question quiz after which you can get a snazzy
certificate. It also features deeper content on where to buy energy efficient
new IT devices, plus where to responsibly
recycle your electronics discards. Basically it covers the core areas of green
The main sections of the site are:
Buy smart: Purchase only certified PCs that
have been manufactured in more environmentally sustainable ways.
Use smart: Understand various power options so
your PC uses energy more efficiently.
Dispose safely: Dispose of used electronics so they
can be reused and recycled and cause minimal harm to the environment.
My personal favorite part of the new site is the FAQ section. That part of
the site does a good job describing what EPEAT
and Energy Star are all about, plus
what it means when recyclers are R2 or E-Stewards certified.
impetus for creating this site is because consumers and companies alike are
faced with too many choices when it comes to buying, using and disposing of PCs
whether it’s for their family or hundreds of employees. Most people still don’t
have good clear information to help them make the most environmentally friendly
hope you’ll join me in being certified as an official Greener IT Challenge
green IT environmentalist.
Images: Greener IT Challenge
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