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What's So Scary about Cloud Security?
Keeping your critical data on an online cloud service has sparked ongoing debate in the nonprofit sector, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. Richard Cooper of Charity Technology Trust (CTT) in the U.K. argues that cloud-based services are likely to be safer and more secure than most...
16 Aug 2012
Free Tool to Help You Save on Energy Costs
Do you forget to shut down your computer at night or put it to sleep while you are away at a meeting? Using power management on your PC can help you. If you aren't satisfied with the built in power-management tools that come with your PC (sorry Mac users, this tool isn't for you), check out Edison ,...
15 Jun 2009
Learn to Use "Track Changes" in Microsoft Word 2010
This blog post from Addictive Tips demonstrates how to use the track changes feature of Word 2010. The Track Changes feature allows MS Word to keep track of the changes you make in a document. It is also known as redline, or redlining. Its real usage can be seen when, two or more persons need to edit...
25 Jun 2010
How Online Work Can Save America
In February of 2011, TechSoup Global board member and founder of the nonprofit Samasource , Leila Chirayath Janah published a piece in TechCrunch that explores an unusual aspect of telework . Specifically, she focused on its potential to provide incomes to poor people in both rich and poor countries...
17 May 2011
Free and Green Online Event this Wed. 11/12 in the TechSoup Global discussion forums
It's not easy being green-much less greening a whole organization, but TechSoup Global's GreenTech program wants to help get you started! Mark your calendars for TechSoup Global's free one-day online event , Wednesday, November 12: Reduce Paper Use: Greening the Planet and Helping Your Nonprofit's Budget...
10 Nov 2008
Conferencing Virtually with Libraries in Iowa
Back in January of 2008, a network of rural libraries decided to host an online conference to provide an opportunity for library staff and trustees to attend continuing education sessions in an online format, helping to reduce the strain on staffing and budgets. It was such a success that in January...
20 Apr 2009
The Greenwash Brigade
The Greenwash Brigade is a group of four environmental professionals who look for greenwashing by companies, governments and other groups and publish their findings on PublicRadio.org . Greenwashing is the practice of making false environmental claims. The Greenwash Brigade is a part of American Public...
18 Feb 2009
Choose a Green Website Provider
There are dozens if not hundreds of affordable, reliable, high-quality, green web hosts in the market today. Choose one to host your website. Here are some third-party lists of green web hosts: ┬á ┬á ┬á b2evolution TreeHugger WebHostingReport.com There is even a Twitter account that simply lists green...
2 Oct 2009
Free Software Tool Cuts PC Energy Use
If you’re looking for a very easy way to cut your computer energy use and save money, Verdiem Software and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative have released a free energy-saving software application called Edison . The simple to use software tool works with Windows XP and Windows Vista machines...
3 Nov 2008
Condition-B Refurbished Computers: Increase Your Infrastructure, Without Breaking the Bank
This post was authored by Bill Robertson , the director of Redemtech's Red Rabbitt.com , their remarketing division, and a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR). At Redemtech , we're proud to partner with our friends at TechSoup Global to support their crucial work of providing nonprofits...
20 May 2011
Nonprofits Live: Green Tools and Technology Decisions on April 17th
Are you working to reduce energy costs, cut back on paper use, or to bring cloud IT to your team? Most organizations attempt sustainable efforts but few create comprehensive campaigns to be greener and accountable for resource use. For the month of April and Earth Day we are focusing on green technology...
6 Apr 2012
Celebrating Telework Week
This is a guest blog post from Salem Kimble, the manager of social media development at TechSoup's donor partner, BetterWorld Telecom . It’s National Telework Week - March 5 - 9, where individuals and organizations pledge to telework for one week. In celebration, BetterWorld is offering...
7 Mar 2012
RCI Free End-Of-Life Takeback Program
The big computer makers are not the only ones who offer free and responsible end-of-life recycling of their PCs that have finally reached the end of their usefulness. TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) does as well. Just like Dell and HP, we want make sure that our RCI computers...
24 Jan 2012
Unpower Yourself Contest Winners!
In our Unpower Yourself! contest in November, we asked everyone to take an online survey telling us some of the things they've done to reduce their IT energy use. We had 137 entries and got a very good sense of the actual impacts of our Five Things You Can Do in Five Minutes to Reduce Your Power Use...
8 Dec 2009
How Nonprofits Can Positively Impact Climate Change on Blog Action Day 2009
The Energy Information Administration , the US government's official source for energy statistics, reported that in 2006, electricity generation alone was responsible for 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions in the US. If we want to have a positive impact on climate change, then, we need to do two...
15 Oct 2009
Ten Tips to TeleGreen Your Work
As part of Earth Week 2009, TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative is holding a month-long TeleGreen Your Work campaign. Each week we will highlight affordable solutions to help you reduce your travel and ultimately save money. This week, we've got ten tips to help your nonprofit find ways to use technology...
20 Apr 2009
Set Your Monitor to Sleep
Even if you don't want to set your entire computer to sleep, consider turning off your monitor at night and set it to sleep during inactivity (after two to five minutes) during the day. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tested dozens of monitors and found that the average LCD (flat screen) display...
22 Jul 2010
Software as a Service (SaaS) Is Green, but Is It Right for You?
Software as a service (SaaS) is an undeniably green alternative to traditional computing. It's one form of cloud computing in which people use software applications that are located on the Internet rather than on their own computers or networks. A very common example of it is web-based email. The green...
7 Dec 2010
Join the TechSoup Reduce Paper Use Campaign!
During the month of November, TechSoup's GreenTech Initiative is hosting a campaign to drive down paper use in nonprofits and libraries. The centerpiece of the campaign is the Reduce Paper Use Challenge — five concrete recommendations on things your organization can do to reduce your use of paper...
4 Nov 2008
Greening Your Holiday
When I started to explore tips and ideas on green gift giving and greening up the Winter holidays, I couldn’t believe the amount of information out there on this subject. Here are some of the sites and gift ideas that I liked that can also help reduce our impact on the environment. Waste Less this...
16 Dec 2008
Apps for Going Green
In honor of Earth Month , we've rounded up our favorite eco-friendly apps. From helping you make informed purchases to saving you money on your electricity bill, these apps make it fun and easy to go green. Conserving Energy Want to cut down on your office's power bill? Green Outlet...
15 Apr 2013
Free E-cycling Pilot Program from Best Buy
Electronics retailer Best Buy is now accepting most consumer electronic devices at 117 locations throughout the United States in its free electronics recycling pilot program . Via E-Scrap News online: Best Buy (the largest electronics retailer in the United States) recently announced that 117 of its...
11 Jun 2008
Are Electronic Vampires Stealing Your Nonprofit's Energy?
Huddler's Green Home is an online wiki for passionate, eco-friendly consumers to come together, learn from one another, and share their knowledge with each other and the world. The site is intended to be for anyone interested to share practical tips on greening our lives including maximize the fuel efficiency...
3 Nov 2008
Save Energy: Unplug Abandoned Equipment
One of our forum hosts, Dave Welp , suggested these quick, power-saving tips: 1. Look for abandoned telecom equipment like old modems and PBX; search for un-utilized or under-utilitized servers or computers used by former staff and volunteers. 2. Clean up your power strip: Look for plugs to those old...
5 Nov 2009
10NTC: Cloud Computing Buzz
There was a good deal of activity, multiple sessions, and a lot of buzz around cloud computing at the recent Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). GreenTech's Anna Jaeger moderated a session on green IT called Greening Your Technology , in which Steve Lippman from Microsoft did an overview of cloud...
7 Dec 2010