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Give Re-Usable Bags at Conferences not Paper-Based Collateral
If you are like me, when you attend a conference, you end up collecting a lot of paper marketing collateral, 95% of which ends up being recycled or thrown away. I appreciate it when I get something that I can use, like a re-useable coffee mug or a cloth shopping bag. Did you know that even though many...
1 Dec 2008
Earth Day 2011: TechSoup’s New Software Download Resource
In observance of Earth Day 2011, TechSoup's contribution to the Billion Acts of Green movement is to launch our new Downloading Your Software Donations resource page. We help supply lots of donated software to NGOs and libraries around the world, and it'd be a significant contribution to sustainability...
22 Apr 2011
Request 'Green IT' for TreeHugger's Green Index
TreeHugger is one of the top environmental information portals on the internet and is a great resource for individuals and organizations working to go greener at home and at the office. Its particular mission is drive sustainability mainstream. It is designed to be a one-stop-shop for green news and...
3 Nov 2008
Use Online Surveys to Schedule Meetings and Poll Your Constituents
Trying to pull a group of people together for a meeting, but they are spread out all over town, or the state or even the world? Instead of banging your head against the wall, consider following Tena Hanson's lead. Tena is the Director of the Milford Public Library in Iowa and she uses Doodle to schedule...
21 May 2009
Install and Use Skype: Free to Use, Easy to Install
I use Skype all the time, especially when I am telecommuting. It let's me have a brief exchange (instant message) with a co-worker without the time investment of finding their phone number and getting involved in a long conversation. If I need to speak with them using voice, I can do that using Skype...
14 May 2009
Green Jobs Update - Van Jones Resignation and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Green Jobs Platform
In our weekly GreenTech columns, we've been closely following the career of Van Jones , author of The Green Collar Economy and more recently special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council for Environmental Quality in the Obama administration. It's no news to the environmental community that...
15 Sep 2009
How to Buy (New) Green IT Equipment
I thought it was probably a good time to update everyone on what's new in the world of buying new, green IT equipment. Green IT equipment essentially means computers and other electronics devices that have reduced amounts of toxic materials that they're made with (like lead, mercury, cadmium...
24 Aug 2010
Energy Efficient Refrigerators
Most people don’t think of them as office equipment, but almost certainly the one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in your office is your refrigerator. According to the US Department of Energy, refrigerators are one of the most expensive home or office appliances to operate. The average...
5 Jul 2008
Should E-Waste Be the Primary Focus of Green IT?
This month, David Moschella of Computer Sciences Corporation touched off the latest flap in a recurrent debate on what the most important part of green IT is. In an opinion piece published by ComputerWorld called The Green IT Movement has Lost the Plot he makes the case that improving the energy...
1 Jun 2011
Kicking Paper with Google Notebook and Dabbleboard
About two months ago, I moved into a new building. Emptying my file cabinet of its seemingly endless supply of legal pads, I realized two things. First, I was using a lot of paper. Second, somewhere in that blur of yellow and blue lines, there were probably a few good ideas. There were probably a few...
3 Nov 2008
15 Questions to Ask Green Web Hosting Services
GreenTech has done a bit to explore green web hosting in our How to Choose a Green Website Host piece, but we thought we'd deepen the discussion a bit by profiling Enviromedia 's quest to find a green host that is affordable, dependable, and that truly uses renewable energy. These days there...
28 Mar 2011
Audio Conferencing from BetterWorld
Collaborate on conference calls using your existing phone system with BetterWorld's audio conferencing service . Just added to TechSoup, this service lets participants connect to an audio conference call from anywhere through a toll-free 800 number - no special software or hardware needed. ...
5 Jul 2011
Green Office: Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Becoming Affordable?
I haven't yet seen the official announcement, but it's looking to me that energy efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting is becoming much easier to find and more affordable. It may well be a good time to try it out. I did a quick Amazon search and found several LED lights in several...
5 Apr 2011
Inveneo: Green IT and Social Impact
I think most people have heard of the One Laptop Per Child little XO portable computers that are designed for the rural developing world, but I suspect far fewer people have heard of the great work that the San Francisco, California based nonprofit, Inveneo , is doing in this area of nonprofit computing...
1 Sep 2009
Computers, Internet, and Training for California Low-Income Families
The TechSoup Global GreenTech program has just posted new Web pages listing low-cost refurbished computers, Internet, and computer training For California low-income families , as part of our California Emerging Technology Fund sponsored work to supply digital inclusion resources to underserved people...
7 Oct 2008
The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show: Not Many New Green Gadgets Under the Sun
GreenTech has covered the annual Consumer Electronics Show in the past since many nonprofits (especially smaller ones) often buy consumer-grade products rather than enterprise- or business-grade. It's one of the best showcases of new green IT devices that we can expect in the marketplace. This year I...
19 Jan 2011
Have Fewer Printers in Your Office
During the GreenTech Advocacy Group at the 2008 NTC ( Nonprofit Technology Conference ), one of the participants shared that when they reduced the number of printers in their office, people on their staff printed less because it was less convenient.
3 Nov 2008
Are E-Readers Greener than Books?
Currently the top selling electronic devices are e-readers like the Amazon Kindle , the Barnes & Noble Nook , the Sony Reader , and also the Apple iPad , which runs the iBooks application , a free e-book reader program and gateway to Apple's iBookstore. The question is: are e-readers greener than...
11 Jan 2011
Environmental Protection Agency 2008 E-Waste Statistics
The 2008 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Stats on Electronics Recycling and E-waste are now out. Find a summary of them and the full factsheet (PDF) to learn more about how electronics and computer equipment are handled and recycled. Discarded electronics still make up around 2% of the municipal...
3 Sep 2008
Online Training for TeleGreening Your Workplace
We're now in week two of our month-long TeleGreening Your Workplace travel-reduction campaign. If you haven't done so already, we hope that you'll have a look at our 10 technology tips to help you reduce your need to travel, and try out some of the travel reduction tools we've found....
28 Apr 2009
Using Gmail Voice and Video Chat: Is My Camera On?
In April, TechSoup will be kicking off a TeleGreening Your Workplace campaign to help social benefit organizations discover ways to save money, reduce travel, and still be effective in your work. One way nonprofits and libraries can reduce their carbon footprint from travel is to try out new tools for...
24 Mar 2009
26 Blog Posts for Going Green at the Office
Henry Douglas from a new nonprofit website called Human Resources Degree compiled a great list of 26 blog posts on how to green up offices . The resource list separates conventional offices and home offices. We probably wouldn't have known about the list except for the fact that TechSoup GreenTech's...
30 Nov 2010
New Green Gadgets from the Consumer Electronics Show 2009: Part 2
Here are some more meditations on the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada in early January 2009. One of the weirdest new products introduced this year were bamboo case computers. Wooden case computers and peripherals have been around for a few years both as practical devises...
27 Jan 2009
Have E-Waste? Consider Best Buy
In June of 2008, we posted information about US consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy, starting a pilot program to collect discarded consumer electronic devices at some of their locations in the United States. As of February 2009, stores in all 50 states now offer this ecycling program, which is now...
7 Jul 2009
Is 2012 the Year of the Ultrabook?
The media is constantly going on and on about iPads and other tablet computers, but computer makers this year seem to be betting on a different type of computing device – the ultrabook . Most ordinary people I talk to about ultrabooks haven’t a clue what they are, but the fact remains...
7 Feb 2012