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10 Amazing Environmental Nonprofits You Need to Know About
Our recently completed 2015 Green Tech Success Story Contest winners and finalists are an impressive group, showcasing the broad reach and impact of TechSoup member charities doing environmental work. Their stories also highlight how important having the right technology is to accomplishing this important...
Turning Waste into Beautiful Art
"There is no such thing as 'away.' When we throw anything away it must go somewhere." — Annie Leonard Throw-Away Society Waste. It's not something most of us normally think about, but where does it all go? In the United States, we generated over 251 million tons of...
Feeding the Hungry in the Land of Plenty
Imagine being served a full plate of the most dazzling, delectable, and decadent food you have ever seen. As the sweet and savory aroma meets your nose, your senses explode and your mouth waters. Now imagine, before taking a bite, you scrape nearly half that food into the trash. You might think you'd...
Protecting Wild Lands Through Art
TechSoup member Braided River has used a TechSoup donation of Adobe Creative Suite to astounding effect. Braided River, a Seattle-based nonprofit publishing company, has undertaken 16 conservation projects to date with just three staff people. Among the wild places Braided River has featured, millions...
Announcing 2 Free Options for Donating Your Used Hardware
Want to dispose of your old technology AND do some good for the world? We are proud to announce two free charitable equipment donation services. One is for consumers interested in donating laptops and phones. The other is for businesses interested in donating PCs. How Individuals Can Donate Laptops...
Why TechSoup Product Donations and Donors Are Green
TechSoup has lots of great donor partners — more than 90 of them at last count. We like to feature their corporate social responsibility efforts this time of year, especially what they're doing to improve our environment. This isn't a comprehensive list of all our donor partners' environmental...
Tech Tip: Print Double-Sided or Not At All
It's easy to set your printer to print on both sides of the paper. See the wikiHow general directions on how to do that . Also, you need a printer that has the ability to print double-sided. Most people I know with "non-duplexing" printers don't go to the trouble to print double...
Tech Tip: Take the Greener IT Challenge
Take the Greener IT Challenge to find out how to make environmentally friendly choices every time you buy, use, and dispose of IT equipment. It's a noncommercial and fun website that has a short video, which is a bit like the Story of Stuff on what green IT is all about. Take a fun five-question...
Tech Tip: Make Your Next Computer Purchase a Laptop
Laptops are about four or five times more energy efficient than desktop computers. Desktops typically use around 150 watts of power during normal activity. A laptop computer typically uses 30 to 40 watts of electricity during moderate use. Laptops also have low-energy modes to save on battery usage...
Share Your Green Tech Story and Win a Laptop or Tablet!
Are you … A U.S. organization doing innovative and inspiring work in the social sector? Using TechSoup products or educational resources to stay GREEN ? Interested in winning a free refurbished laptop or tablet? If you answered YES! to any or all of these questions, we want to...
Tech Tip: Set Your Computer to Sleep to Save Money and Electricity
If you set your computer to go to sleep after a few minutes of no activity, you can save money and lots of electricity. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tested dozens of computers and found that the average desktop computer uses more than 73 watts while on, but only 21 watts while in sleep mode...
Will Windows 8 Work on an Old Computer?
I confess. I have a passion for keeping IT equipment alive and well as long as possible. It is one of the general rules of IT that software upgrades (which often require more robust computers) make equipment go obsolete much faster than hardware failures. We heard that might not be the case with Windows...
TechSoup French Partner Leads the Way to Sustainable Tech
There are very few charities I've come across that are as wide-ranging in their tech-for-good work as our French TechSoup Global partner, Ateliers du Bocage (ADB) . It of course provides TechSoup product donations to French nonprofits. But it's also among the top five mobile phone and computer...
Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth
You've heard of the Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern. But you've probably never heard of this green superhero. Each year the International Computer Refurbisher Summit awards a lifetime achievement award in my name (it's a long story on how that came to be). This year the award went...
New to TechSoup: Refurbished Desktop Computers with Solid-State Drives
TechSoup is proud to announce new desktops, bundles, and laptops in our Refurbished Computer Initiative catalog. For the first time, we are offering computers with solid-state drives (SSDs). Desktops Our refurbisher partners PCRR and InterConnection have expanded our desktop collection by offering...
Thank You RCI Customers!
Gosh, has it been nine years now since I started TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) program? We've hit something of a benchmark in this successful program: we've distributed a little over 50,000 refurbished devices through RCI — including laptops, monitors, servers...
Green Technology Summit Heads to Europe (and It's Kind Of a Big Deal)
It's been 12 years since our own Jim Lynch teamed up with Willie Cade at PC Refurbishers and Recyclers to start the very first International Computer Refurbishers Summit (ICRS). That's why we're so excited that the very first European version of the event is happening in Dublin, Ireland...
Thank You Marissa Mayer for Yahoo’s No Work From Home Policy
It’s been well over a year since Yahoo’s controversial non-telecommuting policy, which created a firestorm of reaction. We thought we’d see what the state of telecommuting is after the smoke has cleared. The Media Frenzy I remember it well. It was the end of February in 2013...
How Cell Phones and Tablets Enable Telework
Telework (also called telecommuting) is where an employee regularly does their work outside of the office, usually at home or when traveling. To be able to telework, people usually need five things: a computer or tablet, broadband Internet, access to work email, access to work documents, and a phone...
iFixit’s Basic Phone Repairs that Most of Us Can Do
Reduce, reuse, recycle: Everyone knows the three Rs of sustainability. But at iFixit , we talk a lot about a fourth R—one that people often forget: Repair. In case you haven’t heard of us, iFixit is the free repair manual for everything. Our goal is to teach everyone how to repair the...
How the Cloud Can Make a Difference for Disaster Relief
During the month of October, join TechSoup.org and the TechSoup Global Network for our Cloud Computing Worldwide campaign. Check back throughout the month for blog posts, webinars, and dispatches from around the world on cloud computing for nonprofits, NGOs, and public libraries. This post was written...
Free Webinar Next Week! Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers
Join TechSoup for a free webinar about procuring refurbished computers. Learn how you can get the computer equipment you need at the lowest cost while at the same time ensuring that you get high quality PCs that you can depend on. Avoid the Junk: How to Get Quality Used Computers Thursday, January 28...
Care2Call: Free Voice and Fax Services for Charities
We received this great tip from one of our readers. I want to alert you to www.voicenation.com . They offer a FREE service for 501c3 non-profits. Crucial Arts has been using their service for over a year and we really like the service. You can have calls forwarded to another number, voicemail messages...
Windows MultiPoint Server Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes I find that it helps to have some plain language questions and answers on a technology that is new to me, so here are some basics on what Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server is and how it works. I’d like to thank my colleague Charles Brennick from InterConnection in Seattle for...
Understanding VoIP - A Report from the Trenches
This is a guest post from Salem Kimble, the manager of social media development at TechSoup's donor partner, BetterWorld Telecom . It is a testimonial and review from Brooke Towne of FishWise, a nonprofit that received donated equipment and discounted services with BetterWorld Telecom through TechSoup...