Should You Use a Green Printer?

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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

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

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

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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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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 ).

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. Their publication, the Evolution of the Social Enterprise Industry , dates the commercial or private sector social entrepreneurial movement back to the 1890s and Andrew Carnegie. Green IT Social Enterprise tsgreentechnology social entrepreneur

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

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Historically, the trust as a service model has been used to grow businesses, get new customers, and set industry service/safety standards. For nonprofits specifically, the name “nonprofit” can deter adopting a pay-for-trust model.

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

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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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Snapshot of Worldwide Electronics Recycling 2013

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Switzerland was the first country in the world to adopt an electronics recycling system is 1991.Things are actually going pretty well in Europe. They are developing an industrial capacity, for instance, with companies like Trishyiraya Recycling in Southern India. It does have an industry standard for proper electronics recycling and processing, and a developed industry. It has had 30 percent growth in mobile adoption over the last 10 years.

How an Effective Partner Ecosystem Strives for Collaboration Over Competition

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Adopt Radical Empathy with Terri Givens. Serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the luxury chocolate brand, Green & Black’s, Jo Fairley is an inspirational businesswoman who paved the way for others to follow her sustainable business model.

9 Socially Responsible Companies to Applaud


Dr. Bronner’s is the leading pioneer of USDA certified organic personal care products, guiding the social responsibility efforts within their industry. Companies are no longer content to do well. Today, many businesses also make it their mission to do good. .

How To Save The Planet: 10 Changes With The Biggest Impact

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Read below to see the top ten ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, why the food and aviation industries are the most damaging to the planet, and the one thing you could do that would double your footprint… 10. Try a green energy supplier. What about the technology industry?

20+ Nonprofit Tools You Need to Get Your New Nonprofit Up and Running

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Quickbooks is the industry leader, and it costs about $25 a month. Zoom has emerged as an industry leader, but the free version will cut your meeting off at 40 minutes. Little Green Light is one of the most popular platforms in the marketplace for small nonprofits.

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Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Green Hosting. There are a ton of hosting companies claiming that they are “green hosting.&# Green hosting companies are just like any other hosting company. And they become “green&# by purchasing renewable energy credits, or by purchasing carbon offsets. This is an issue I’ve been struggling with for a long time. I’m an unrepentant, unabashed technophile.

How To Save The Planet: 10 Changes With The Biggest Impact


Read below to see the top ten ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, why the food and aviation industries are the most damaging to the planet, and the one thing you could do that would double your footprint… 10. Try a green energy supplier. What about the technology industry?

Award Winning Boulder


It’s a city of crunchy environmentalists, early adopters and entrepreneurs, meandering bike paths, public-transit buses named Dash, Stampede and Bolt, and restaurants powered by wind energy. Green Garage, a small auto-services shop that turns old cars into hybrids, works with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the university’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. The solar industry is also a major driver of Boulder’s economy.

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A View of the Cloud from India

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This is a communique on the current state of cloud adoption in India from Prashant Pandit and Pooja Jayna from TechSoup Global's, NASSCOM Foundation BIGTech Program , which is an NGO committed to building ICT capacity in civil society in India. The survey indicated that almost 70 percent NGOs are unaware of cloud computing, and the 30 percent NGOs that are aware of it, are unclear on how it could benefit them and taking the next steps toward adoption.

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10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Since becoming widely adopted just a couple years ago, social media has supercharged social action, cause marketing, and social entrepreneurship. Finding Green Businesses : The web has effectively replaced the paper Yellow Pages as a way to find local businesses and services. The Yelp and Around Me apps are popular ways to find restaurants, coffee shops, or hotels wherever you are, but what about green-rated businesses? Measuring Along the Ladder of Engagement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Says Giller, “Our theory of change is engaging users around content that shows how being green can reshape our world can empower personal behavior change and ultimately impact society at large. What’s happened now is that we at least 100 people a week using this hashtag without us pushing it, the mainstream media has adopted it and it attracting many new readers to our site.

Guest Post by Stephanie McAuliffe: SoCap09 - Day 2 Roundup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

An easy example is green technology. I sought out sessions that focused on setting industry standards for social measurement. Adoption – It will take time and energy to adopt the standards and they will likely be wrong at first Range of use – Learning or Leaving? -No Photo by Stephanie McAuliffe. Note from Beth: This guest post is part 2 of coverage of SoCap 09. .

Opting Out of Junk Mail and Phone Directories to Save Paper

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First it takes you to their Direct Mail 101 landing page, which provides the direct mail industry's perspective (that direct mail is a valuable service to everyone) plus a link to their email preference service and their new direct mail preference service in which you sign up for a DMA Choice account and then manually contact catalog companies, magazines, and others one company at a time. Share your experience on cleaning up and greening up your office in the comments below.

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Vietnam and Indonesia Join TechSoup Asia’s Growing Family

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Since 1986, the country has been transitioning from a central-planned economy to a free-market system and trying to move from its dependency on agriculture to industry. We proudly welcome NGO partners Vietnet-ICT and the Lin Centre in Vietnam, as well as ASEAN Foundation , Kopernik Marketplace , and YCAB Foundation in Indonesia to the TechSoup Global family.

Interview with Jodie Van Horn of Freedom from Oil and Plug-in Bay Area

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What we're trying to do is generate enough support to indicate that we need these announcements out of the auto industry to translate into something tangible. Additionally, there has been a lot of rhetoric on the part of the automakers regarding the greenness of their operations, when in fact what we are seeing is a lot of green-washing. They recognize that green is very vogue right now. In September 2006, Marin County soft ordered 22 Plug-in Hybrids Electric Vehicles.

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Nonprofit Technology News Celebrity Forecasts for 2014

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She cites the City of Oakland California’s Open Data Platform that make over 50 datasets viewable and understandable to the public including ones on crime, city infrastructure, parks and recreation facilities, and green businesses. Cloud services are rapidly scaling to the point where larger NPOs can safely adopt them, and Google and Microsoft will keep the heat on to get NPOs there at low cost.

Rumors of Blackbaud 2.0??? | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Yet, Raiser’s Edge is still one of the most widely adopted applications in our sector. Take a look at [link] , specifically at this portion of the post: Blackbaud is clearly the leader in software serving the non-profit industry; however, their immature online solutions, messy spaghetti code, overly-complicated relational data structure and legacy client-server installed application requirements are holding them back from dominating the market.

A Little Bit of Gloom Between Two Slices of Hope: Diet for a Hot Planet Author, Anna Lappe

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In the book, I pinpoint five of the main ones, but I think part of it is an understandable reason, I would argue, which is that we've really prioritized, in the public conversation, a focus on the most emitting industry. So, dirty coal fire power plants, the oil industry: the sectors that are really contributing the most carbon dioxide emissions. Reading books about changing the world can be inspiring, but they can also be overwhelming and depressing. Not Anna Lappé's books.

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NetCentric Advocacy: Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Pushing Power to the Edges

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Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « The U.S. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Online Storytelling & Cause Marketing: An Interview with Jonah Sachs of Free Range Studios

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We also work with some socially responsible businesses like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; we are working with Annie's Organic right now, and so a broad mix of people who are trying to make the world a better place. I think that in terms of consciousness raising, in terms of pop culture adopting a lot of stuff that was maybe thought of as environmental fringe or as progressive, civil rights kind of fringe, I think it has penetrated pop culture a lot more.

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