Should You Use a Green Printer?

Tech Soup Blog

Once your materials are ready for the printer, are there any advantages of going green? What is Green Printing? First, here's a little bit about what green printing is – and is not. Green printing is different from conventional printing in that it tends not to use virgin-fiber paper, petroleum-based inks, toxic solvents, or chlorine-bleached papers. Green printers often go light on bindings. Costs and Quality of Green Printing.

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Interview with Carol Baroudi, Author of Green IT For Dummies

Tech Soup Blog

This piece is part of an occasional series we do at GreenTech to profile leaders in the Green IT field. publication, Green IT For Dummies. There are now many general books on green IT, but Green IT For Dummies remains one of the most readable and practical introductions to the field for people in small and medium sized offices. Indeed, one Amazon review is titled “ Green IT Not Just For Dummies.” Writing Green IT For Dummies was more a labor of love.

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Nonprofits Live: Green Tools and Technology Decisions Recap

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April was Earth Month but extending green habits all year-round not only benefits the planet - it helps your organization too. Adopting this approach means that success isn’t confined to soley benefiting the organization. Meeting the triple bottom line does require adopting green tech solutions. Adopting green tech tools, like online conferencing or using online collaboration tools , can also improve an organization’s efficiency.

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Make Going Green Easy and Automatic

Tech Soup Blog

Most people want to be less wasteful, but sometimes it is difficult to remember or more time consuming to be green. So, the key to some green success may lie in making changes that don't require others to do anything. Your whole office can be greener by implementing a few small changes that people don't have to adopt because they'll be automatic. Tags: Green Office GreenTech GreenTips

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Green Side of Cloud Computing Campaign Wrap-Up: Cloud Basics

Tech Soup Blog

In our quest to build a solid foundation for nonprofits and libraries to understand how cloud computing is likely to affect us, we have now completed our GreenTech Initiative Green Side of Cloud Computing campaign. This article explains what cloud computing is overall, the basic types of cloud computing, why it is an area of green IT, the advantages and drawbacks to moving your work to the cloud, and my prediction on what the future of the cloud will be for nonprofits and libraries.

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New to TechSoup: Little Green Light Donor Management Software

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, Little Green Light. Little Green Light Donor Management CRM (LGL) helps you manage your constituents and your fundraising efforts — all in one place. See Little Green Light's website for comments from nonprofits that have adopted their software. Screenshot of the Little Green Light dashboard.

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20 Environmental/Green Nonprofit YouTube Channels

Have Fun - Do Good

Whenever I need a little pick me up, I watch videos of the new kitties who are ready for adoption through a local organization, Maine Coon Adoptions, where we got our first cat. While preparing to teach a social media webinar recently, I discovered quite a few environmental/green nonprofits that have YouTube channels. YouTube green environment nonprofitOne of my many favorite things about my new iPhone (wahoo!) is that it's easy to watch my YouTube subscriptions.

Noodling Around Change Management and Social Media Adoption

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Green-print thinking. I also wondered about the historical context of change management and technology tool adoption, asking on Twitter if there case studies about the adoption of the typewriter in the workplace. The adoption of the typewriter, at just the same time that women began to work in offices, reflected changes in women's roles, new ideas about the organization of work, and the rapidly growing corporations of the day.

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show: Not Many New Green Gadgets Under the Sun

Tech Soup Blog

It's one of the best showcases of new green IT devices that we can expect in the marketplace. This year I didn't attend in person, but have been reviewing reports on the show and have to conclude that there's not much new and exciting in the field of green IT gadgets. Of course rapid adoption of the new Apple iPad and other e-readers are one of the big IT stories this year. Last week, I talked about how green these devices are.

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Great reads from around the web on December 10th

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Tags: roundup adoption bookmarks casestudies climatechange cop15 facebook fundraising global green list politics postalicious resources socialmedia strategy women womenwhotech youth

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The (Lil) Green Patch Facebook app has now donated $33,600 to TNC's Facebook Cause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Lil) Green Patch is a social gardening game. The plants given by your friends are displayed in a (Lil) Green Patch on your profile. Like a real garden, it requires maintenance and the game includes lots of ways to interact with the larger Green Patch community and your friends. And it goes beyond just putting a cute little green vegetable plant on your profile -- the applications is making donations to green causes.

NpTechTag Summary: NpTech Events, Twitters, and Green Web Hosting

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

All part of the Twitter cycle of adoption ! And a friendly reminder to recycle your old mobile phone if you happened to pick up a Iphone and think about green web host ! Net2 Houston, August Photo by Eschipul Nonprofits in Second Life Gala Opening Photo by RubyJi By looking at the photos tagged with NpTech, nonprofit techies were either on vacation or attending events.

BlogHer '08 Green and Social Change Birds of a Feather Meetup

Have Fun - Do Good

This morning at the BlogHer Conference, about 40 "green" and "social change" bloggers, organizations and companies got together for a Birds of a Feather Meetup. Abbey McDonald, Debroff Debrief Abby Jaramillo, Urban Sprouts Amy Lenzo BeautyDialogues Anna Barrett, Way Out Wax Ayelet B, Pursuing Adventures Barbara Rozgonyi, Wired PR Works Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog Beth Terry, Fake Plastic Fish Britt Bravo, Have Fun * Do Good Christine Chase, Green Seal, Inc.

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NpTech Tag Summary: Nonprofits Lead Fortune 500 in Social Web Adoption, and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Social Media Nedra Weinreich's tip jar , tipped me off to newly published study from Nora Barnes and Eric Mattson from U Mass Dartmouth about nonprofit adoption of social media tools. " Britt Bravo is surprised that video is the most adopted tool and wonders whether it would be the same for smaller organizations. Green Laptops One Laptop Per Child give one, get one has been extended to December 30th. Net Tuesdays are spreading around the globe!

Nomad Cafe: How to Start a Green Cafe

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Have you ever thought about starting a green cafe? When the WorldChanging SF bloggers had their first face-to-face meeting there, I asked Chris if he would do an e-interview with me about how he started the cafe, what makes it green and how other people can start their own green cafes. What makes the Nomad Cafe a green and sustainable cafe ? The Nomad is an Alameda County Certified Green Business (see a list of their green business practices here ).

NpTech Tag Summary: Free Ranger Rick, Green Geekery, and Blog Day is Next Week!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Read more about it from Green Miles blog and a summary of reactions from other nonprofits here. as early adopters rather than the phenomenon being linked to youth." " Geeks for Good and Green Geekery Ruby Sinreich facilitated a session at BarCampRDU on how geeks can use their powers for the forces of good and has a wiki with resources. Ranger Rick, the persona of the National Wildlife Federation , has been banished from Facebook!

Green Coworking: An Interview with Chris Messina and Ivan Storck of Citizen Space

Have Fun - Do Good

I talked to Chris Messina of Citizen Agency and Ivan Storck of SustainableMarketing.com about their green coworking space in San Francisco, Citizen Space for the Big Vision Podcast and have posted a transcript of the interview below. I got involved in green coworking, being here in Citizen Space and trying to bring some of the green values that I promote on my Internet sites into actual practice here in the work place. This is sort of an ongoing greening process.

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19 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As follow-up to 29 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits , below are 19 nonprofits that are offering symbolic gifts and adoptions this holiday season. David Shelrick Wildlife Trust Orphan Adoptions. Defenders of Wildlife Adoptions. Natural Resource Defense Council Green Gifts. Oceana Marine Wildlife Adoptions. Save the Chimps Adoptions. Sea Turtle Conservancy Adoptions.

Bloomerang Appoints Karen Maloney As Chief Customer Officer

Bloomerang

She will focus on creating a strong and cohesive customer journey that will help nonprofits have another fundraising teammate in their cause through the company’s professional service and support teams and adoption of the software. .

NTEN State of the Nonprofit Cloud Survey Results

Tech Soup Blog

In follow-up interviews we discovered that many nonprofits were using cloud-based software without even realizing it, so the adoption rate could be even higher. The survey also found that once nonprofits begin using one cloud software solution, they are likely to adopt other cloud tools. Green Office GreenTech Green IT cloud computing cloud surveyOver the last few months NTEN has been surveying U.S. nonprofits on their use of cloud services.

What Are Social Enterprises, Anyway?

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Van Jones , founder of the grassroots think tank Rebuild The Dream , CNN contributor, and author of the visionary The Green Collar Economy , is one. She turned one of the big regional Goodwills into a thriving green organization. This model of social enterprise is gaining adoption in various parts of the world. Their president and founder Matt Bauer also co-edited the Nonprofit Guide to Going Green. Green IT Social Enterprise tsgreentechnology social entrepreneur

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10 Amazing Environmental Nonprofits You Need to Know About

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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. Orangutan Outreach used a donation of Adobe Creative Suite to produce and electronically distribute high-quality digital content for thousands of "adoptive parents." As part of a "Green Team" activity, the school tracked water and energy use for the school.

5 Ways to Power Up Your Nonprofit Email Deliverability

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By having a strong reputation, your emails are given the green light to land into inboxes. Creating your next fundraising campaign requires a lot of work: you must identify your goals, your audience, segment your lists, create compelling content, and set up and test everything in your CRM.

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10 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Gifts range from symbolic adopt-an-acre of a national park gifts to funding a classroom project in a low-income community. Wilderness Society Adoption Center. Oceana Marine Wildlife Adoption and Gift Center. Natural Resources Defense Council Green Gifts. As a follow-up to 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofit s , below are 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits.

Mobile Computing and Telework: Can't Stop, Won't Stop!

Tech Soup Blog

NPOs are especially likely to have an interest in adopting GreenTech practices and lowering their carbon footprints. Nonprofits and libraries don't have to be the bleeding-edge, early adopters of work shifting, but they should read the tea leaves and start preparing themselves mentally and logistically for this impending switch. Green Office GreenTech Staff Using the Web and Internet

Why Nonprofits Are Needed in the Sharing Economy

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Nonprofits that work in policy and advocacy can help craft legislation and work with local, state, and national policymakers to adopt laws that balance the explosion of sharing-economy startups and protect the marginalized from exploitation. online community Green IT online collaboration international Online Activism Sharing Economy nonprofits philanthropy event Legal Considerations community news

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Non-Profit Technology Recommendations Your Nonprofit Should Consider | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

However, I think that if you adopt this recipe and make it your own, you’ll be able to do something that nonprofits rarely do with their IT infrastructure: adopt a lower-cost platform in phase 1 and exploit it cheaply in phase 2. Too bad, he only works with green NGOs in the Northwest.

5 Reasons Your Board Should Switch to Google Drive

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A tech genius recovered most of it, but it took this extreme situation for the board to decide to adopt the cloud. Adopting a cloud system is a great way to demonstrate to potential board members and donors how the organization is using technology to be more efficient.

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TechSoup Global Cloud Survey Results and Cloud Donations for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

When we surveyed NGOs and libraries around the world this year about where they are in regard to using and needing cloud based IT services, we didn’t know how far things have gone toward cloud adoption. We found that lack of knowledge is the biggest barrier to deeper cloud computing adoption. GreenTech cloud Green IT libraries NGOs NGO cloud survey

4 Examples Proving Nonprofits Should Offer Trust as a Service (TaaS)

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For nonprofits specifically, the name “nonprofit” can deter adopting a pay-for-trust model. When you see a building with a LEED-certified plaque, you probably immediately think about how sustainable and green that building is according to the highest standard.

What Will Happen When PCs and Mobile Phones Converge?

Tech Soup Blog

According to the UN Telecommunications Union , mobile phone adoption is rapid with nearly 5 billion mobile phones now in use worldwide, including widespread adoption in Africa and Latin America, while PC adoption lags far behind. This, however, doesn't alter the fact that mobile phone adoption in all parts of the world is one of the powerful drivers pushing us toward cloud computing.

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What's the Difference Between Energy Star and EPEAT?

Tech Soup Blog

EPEAT, while developed in the United States, has now been adopted by over 40 countries around the world. Tags: Green Office GreenTech GreenTips Hardware Servers How do you choose computer hardware? Price? Features? Sales pitch? We urge you to consider using some standards that have been generated to help us understand the environmental impact of computer and tech hardware. You are probably familiar with the EPA's Energy Star program, but do you know about EPEAT certification?

Virtual Work, Real Success

Tech Soup Blog

We commissioned a nine-month study with Bainbridge Graduate Institute on the environmental and business impacts of adopting a virtual work environment, the result of that study was a framework called BetterWork TM. BetterWork TM is an organizing strategy that physically provides substitutions for commuting, travel and building activities through the implementation and adoption of current virtual work tools (audio, video conferencing, unified communications, and so on.).

11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place :: 2010 Edition

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Green Gifts by the Natural Resources Defense Council: From Green Energy Boosts to Buffalo Babysitting gifts, the NRDC has a launched a new Green Gifts Online Catalog featuring over 40 gifts that help protect the environment and wildlife. Purchase Green Gifts ]. Animal Adoptions by the National Wildlife Federation: From alligators to walruses, givers can adopt animals in the name of friends, family, or colleagues. Adoptions range in price from $20-100.

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Free NTEN Cloud Webinars

Tech Soup Blog

People and their technology adoption (or lack of) can make or break a project. Event GreenTech Online Seminar Green IT cloud computingThis summer NTEN is hosting a series of five free webinars about cloud computing entitled Nonprofits & Cloud Computing: A Guide to Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud. The webinar series is available to everyone at no cost, whether you're an NTEN member or not thanks to a grant from Google.org. Register for the events here.

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Developing a BYOD and Mobile IT Strategy

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup itself has adopted a tiered user policy. Hardware Software Green IT cell phones mobile phones tablets computers iPadIt's happening in nearly every office – employees are using their own mobile phones and tablet computers for work email and countless other work things. The trend is called "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) or the consumerization of IT.

Come Celebrate the Official Launch of the EcoCommons in Second Life Tomorrow!

Tech Soup Blog

Members can host virtual meetings, lectures, and other events by tapping into a thriving, existing virtual community of early adopters and technologists. Tags: Green Office GreenTech Online Activism Using the Web and Internet Web 2.0 This was originally posted on the Nonprofit Commons: Nonprofits in Second Life Blog. Join in the official launch of the EcoCommons in Second Life! Our grand opening celebration will be happening Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 11 a.m.

More Computers for Less Money?

Tech Soup Blog

Compared to typical arrangements, Windows MultiPoint Server (WMS) costs surprisingly less to adopt and maintain, saves electricity, and gives administrators group controls. Finances Green Office GreenTech GreenTips International Recycled and Refurbished Computers Server Applications Servers Software Spotlight Staff Tech Support Volunteers libraries nonprofits TechSoup nonprofit Windows MultiPoint ServerYou can build a computer center with fewer computers.

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3rd Annual EveryAction Nonprofit Halloween Costume Parade

EveryAction

Black Cat Rescue is a no-kill cat rescue organization in Boston that strives to change those odds for black cats, who face unique obstacles when trying to get adopted. Black Cat Rescue works to improve the public image of both black cats and animal adoption by making black cat adoption a positive experience for all involved, especially around Halloween when the focus on black cats is high. Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction!

NRDC Research Study: Is Your Server Room Being Overlooked?

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We'd be happy to discuss the results of our survey so far and provide tips on how you can adopt efficient server technologies. GreenTech Hardware Servers Technology Assessment Energy conservation Green IT VirtualizationThe Natural Resources Defense Council is conducting a survey to determine whether efficient server technologies (for example, virtualization) have penetrated the small server room market.