Share Your Green Tech Story and Win a Laptop or Tablet!

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Using TechSoup products or educational resources to stay GREEN ? Interested in winning a free refurbished laptop or tablet? Dell Core Windows 7 Laptop from InterConnection. HP EliteBook 8440p Core i5 Windows 7 Laptop from PCRR. Both laptops come preloaded with Microsoft Office 2010, a Windows operating system, and Microsoft Security Essentials. Not sure which products from TechSoup qualify as "green tech"? Check out our Green Technology Page.

Share Your Green Tech Story and Win a Laptop or Tablet!

Tech Soup Blog

Using TechSoup products or educational resources to stay GREEN ? Interested in winning a free refurbished laptop or tablet? Dell Core Windows 7 Laptop from InterConnection. HP EliteBook 8440p Core i5 Windows 7 Laptop from PCRR. Both laptops come preloaded with Microsoft Office 2010, a Windows operating system, and Microsoft Security Essentials. Not sure which products from TechSoup qualify as "green tech"? Check out our Green Technology Page.

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350.org Is Greening the Planet with Lean, Green IT

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In a time when climate change and developing the green economy are somewhat passé, nonprofits have not given up on the mission. Find out how they're greening the planet and using the leanest greenest IT possible. They have an integrated, cloud-based IT system in which everyone has laptops and merely needs some way to get to the Internet to plug in to 350.org. They have no infrastructure beyond that, which is why cloud computing is regarded as green IT.

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Why TechSoup Product Donations and Donors Are Green

Tech Soup Blog

This isn't a comprehensive list of all our donor partners' environmental activities, but this time I'd like to talk about Cisco and Symantec and also about our Green Technology Product Donations. It's the largest manufacturer in the world of network routers , switches , wireless security devices , and other equipment that connects all of us to each other and the Internet. The company is also greening its supply chain. greentech Green Office greentechnology

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Why Apps Are Green

Tech Soup Blog

They are not only fun, cheap, and useful, but they're also a green technology. They allow much lighter IT equipment to use the Internet, accomplish work, and entertain us. They often use the Internet in some way but eliminate having to use a web browser. There are rumors that Microsoft will release Windows 8 along with a full app store with greater use across the board for desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone users, but so far, it's just speculation.

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350.org Is Greening the Planet with Lean, Green IT

Tech Soup Blog

In a time when climate change and developing the green economy are somewhat passé, nonprofits have not given up on the mission. Find out how they're greening the planet and using the leanest greenest IT possible. They have an integrated, cloud-based IT system in which everyone has laptops and merely needs some way to get to the Internet to plug in to 350.org. They have no infrastructure beyond that, which is why cloud computing is regarded as green IT.

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Happy Earth Day! 7 Ways to Green Your Technology

NTEN

Here are just a few of the ways you can green your IT, or use IT to green your organization this Earth Day: Conduct a green office audit. Print green. Did you know that the age of the Internet has actually increased our paper consumption ? We just finished spring cleaning the NTEN offices and took a laptop, four boxes of toner, some thumb drives, a broken keyboard, and some old power supplies to Free Geek last night. Buy green electronics.

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Supporting Teleworkers with the Right Tech for Success

Tech Soup Blog

including, laptops, instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, and more. Green Office GreenTech Running Your Organization Staff Telecom Services Using the Web and Internet Green ITAs part of celebrating Earth Day throughout the month of April, we'll be featuring posts about how to make your nonprofit or library. more environmentally friendly. This post, from Bo Bandy at our donor partner ReadyTalk , originally appeared on their blog.

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Back to School in Tanzania with a New Windows Multipoint Server Computer Lab

Tech Soup Blog

Jim walked out of there with four refurbished laptops preloaded with Windows Multipoint Server and 16 NComputing thin clients. The laptop servers are far more energy efficient than desktop computers and each little five-watt NComputing thin client uses 90% less electricity than a laptop. Interconnection supplied: One refurbished i7 laptop. Three refurbished i5 laptops. Windows MultiPoint Server preinstalled on all the laptops.

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

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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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What Will Happen When PCs and Mobile Phones Converge?

Tech Soup Blog

The robust smartphones of the near future will likely use a combination of mobile apps and cloud apps and because we'll dock them so much with our laptops, we'll begin using those types of applications much more on our computers as well. Connecting to the Internet GreenTech International Green IT development cloud computing mobile phone cell phones mobile phones ICT for development futurecasting future of technology

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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. Sunstone Montessori School is a certified green nonprofit school in Portland, Oregon that serves toddlers through sixth graders. As part of a "Green Team" activity, the school tracked water and energy use for the school.

TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

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At the time, we had a very limited selection of offers, comprised only of desktops and laptops, most of which had Pentium III processors (you get the idea). How Green Is Refurbished IT Equipment? One of their most current philanthropic projects is Connect 2 Compete , which in a big new digital inclusion program that aims to provide a PC and broadband Internet in every U.S. They’re urging everyone to donate their discarded laptops to InterConnection as part of this work.

Environmental Case for Refurbished IT Equipment

Tech Soup Blog

The green argument for electronics reuse goes beyond Williams and Kuehr, however. Paul Hawkin, in his book, Natural Capitalism , finds that the volume of material that goes into manufacturing a laptop is 4,000 to 1. When you discard a 5 pound laptop you are also throwing away the 20,000 pounds of raw materials it took to make it. Our Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) supplies warrantied refurbished laptop and desktop computers to nonprofits and public libraries.

Environmental Case for Refurbished IT Equipment

Tech Soup Blog

The green argument for electronics reuse goes beyond Williams and Kuehr, however. Paul Hawkin, in his book, Natural Capitalism , finds that the volume of material that goes into manufacturing a laptop is 4,000 to 1. When you discard a 5 pound laptop you are also throwing away the 20,000 pounds of raw materials it took to make it. Our Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) supplies warrantied refurbished laptop and desktop computers to nonprofits and public libraries.

Is the Used Computer Market Going Away?

Tech Soup Blog

By "post-PC," Jobs meant essentially that computing and Internet use for both work and pleasure will no longer be dominated by PCs, but that there will be an array of smart devices including smartphones, tablet computers, smart TVs, laptops, and even sensing devices in our clothes and cars and other every day items. Forrester Research has also found that total shipments of desktop and laptop computers will continue to rise through 2015.

Burlington Public Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

The library also offers free WiFi, a laptop checkout program, and 30 public access computers. Internet connectivity is via a T1 line. Public access PCs in this library have dedicated uses: some devices are for viewing the catalog, some are general Internet stations, and some are specifically for job searching and employment research. They also had trouble getting Internet Explorer to work. Windows MultiPoint Server. is a thin-client or shared-resource-computing.

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

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Patrons can also bring their own laptops and tablets and use the library's free WiFi. Internet connectivity was via a T1 line. Also the admin station had full Internet access, but the four user stations had limited Internet access. The solution turned out to be to disable the security settings in Internet Explorer. GreenTech Green IT thin client desktop virtualization Microsoft Windows Multipoint ServerMicrosoft's Windows MultiPoint Server.

La Conner Regional Library: Windows MultiPoint Server Case Study

Tech Soup Blog

Patrons can also bring their own laptops and tablets and use the library's free WiFi. Internet connectivity was via a T1 line. Also the admin station had full Internet access, but the four user stations had limited Internet access. The solution turned out to be to disable the security settings in Internet Explorer. GreenTech Green IT thin client desktop virtualization Microsoft Windows Multipoint ServerMicrosoft's Windows MultiPoint Server.

Windows MultiPoint Server Frequently Asked Questions

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The software is ordinarily downloaded from the Internet and burned to a CD or loaded on a flash drive. Older computers (laptops or desktops) can also be used as thin client type access devices in a Windows MultiPoint Server environment. Restricting internet browsing to a specific list of sites or blocking browsing to a specific list of sites.

5 Reasons Why VOIP Is The Future Of Nonprofit Communication

TechImpact

By calling long distance over the internet you are avoiding the use of the traditional phone infrastructure that make calling long-distance so costly. Calling over the internet is much cheaper than traditional methods and many providers often offer unlimited options. Additionally, the majority of providers offer mobile apps and software platforms that can be downloaded to smart phones and laptops to be taken anywhere by your employees. Green technology.

5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Care About Cloud Computing

TechImpact

Cloud computing, simply put, is a way for your computer to access computing power via the internet. When using a cloud-based email system from your laptop for example, your machine is not doing any of the raw computations, it is simply displaying the results of computations that are happening elsewhere. Green benefits. Image courtesy of entech. Chances are good your organization is already using some form of cloud computing without realizing it. Gmail, Yahoo!

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The Environmental Case for Remanufactured IT

Tech Soup Blog

The green argument for electronics reuse goes beyond Williams and Kuehr, however. In his book Natural Capitalism , Paul Hawkin finds that the amount of material that goes into manufacturing a laptop is 4,000 to 1. When you discard a five-pound laptop, you are also throwing away the 20,000 pounds of raw materials it took to make it. Our Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) supplies warrantied refurbished laptop and desktop computers to nonprofits and public libraries.

Top 7 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Be Using Email Marketing

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A massive 94% of internet users use email , so it’s the perfect way to reach out to your supporters and secure those donations! Most users can access their emails on a laptop/computer and on their mobile device, in fact 53% of emails are opened on mobile devices!

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Veterans Organic Garden: An Off-the-Grid Jobs Program

Tech Soup Blog

The Veterans Organic Garden has laptops that are mainly used to train veteran interns in employment skills. The Wi-Fi Internet connection and all the devices are, of course, powered by solar energy. This post was written by Jim Lynch, director, green technology at TechSoup. When we found out about Lovay Wallace-Singleton's new project to build a solar-powered organic garden in North Carolina, one that also brings rehabilitation and jobs to veterans, we had to talk to her.

9 Amazing Organizations Share Their Tech Success

Tech Soup Blog

The library ordered 60 Dell refurbished desktop computers from TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) to provide its patrons with Internet access. No one would expect to have to protect terminally ill children from hackers, but co-founder Brian Westerman discovered that some of the kids the foundation was helping were being spied on through their laptop cameras. The Wi-Fi Internet connection and all the devices are powered by solar energy.

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How Cell Phones and Tablets Enable Telework

Tech Soup Blog

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. The processing power of our mobile phones roughly doubles every 18 months as does storage capacity, as do Internet speeds with the advent of faster 4G and 4G LTE mobile networks. As smartphones mature, we’re doing more on them and less on our laptops.

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Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review

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Tablet sales are up 53% while laptop and desktop computers are down 11% from the previous year. Green Technology. It allows charities to get to your applications and files from virtually anywhere there is Internet on many kinds of devices - PCs, Macs, and mobile devices of various kinds. Big Data and the Internet of Things. Like my colleague Jane Zhang at TechSoup Canada , I pegged the Internet of Things (IoT) as something to watch this year.

Build Communities to Enhance Your Fundraising Campaigns

NTEN

In my recent chapter “Managing Fundraising and Building Communities Online” in the book Internet Management for Nonprofits (Wiley, April 2010), I write in depth about one method to tackle the subject – what are organizations across the country doing? When there, volunteers set up a laptop that guests could use to make a donation via CC’s web site. She also contributed a chapter to Internet Management for Nonprofits. Adrienne D. Capps, U. Davis.

NetCentric Advocacy: Base Buildigng via Technology: 29% Connect Broadband At Home

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « 1925 Mary Parker Follett: Network Thinker | Main | Buzz Game: Can we Get one of these for Environmental Issues? Device, Broadband, And Home Network Adoption Twenty-nine percent of North American households connected to the Internet using broadband connections in 2004, up from 19 percent in 2003. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Our Much Improved Tech Support In TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative

Tech Soup Blog

How Green Is RCI? One of their most current philanthropic projects is Connect 2 Compete , which in a big new digital inclusion program that aims to provide a PC and broadband Internet in every U.S. They're urging everyone to donate their discarded laptops to InterConnection as part of this work. TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) has provided warrantied refurbished computers and other IT devices to nonprofits and libraries for eight years now.

The Networked Nonprofit in Kenya

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the things I like best about being on the Ushahidi board is that it was acceptable for us be also on our laptops and smart phones – and even tweet during the meeting. Ethan Zuckerman, fellow board members, shares his impressions here. Ushahidi Board Meeting at iHub in Kenya.

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NpTechTag Summary: NpTech Blog Buzz, NGOS at Demo 07, and Moulin

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Mobile, Internet and Virtual Activism NTEN and MobileActive.org recently announced the release of the second MobileActive Guide , a joint project of NTEN, Green Media Toolshed, and MobileActive and funded by the Surdna Foundation e.politics blog summarizes a case study on the Republican employment of cell phones and SMS text messaging in the 2006 election presented at the January Mobile Monday meeting in DC. The offline wikipedia, Moulin.

Nonprofit Technology News Celebrity Forecasts for 2014

Tech Soup Blog

By that I think she means that the Internet of Things (IoT) will become more evident and more a factor in our lives in 2014. IoT is the trend in which non-human things are more and more connected through the Internet to each other. 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.

NetCentric Advocacy: Communicaiton Coordination in the middle of Choas

Network-Centric Advocacy

Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Celebrities have favorite issues. Combine a satellite phone with a laptop, digital camera and digital video camera, and a humanitarian agency can become a news provider from anywhere in the world. Combine a satellite phone with a laptop, digital camera and digital video camera, and a humanitarian agency can become a news provider from anywhere in the world.

Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack | Non-Profit Tech Blog

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Pipes (1) Internet , Security , Students for a Free Tibet Pro-Tibet Non-Profit Under Cyber-Attack 03.27.08 | 3374 6 Comments [link] Pro-Tibet+Non-Profit+Under+Cyber-Attack 2008-03-27+17%3A13%3A13 Allan+Benamer UPDATE: Please Digg this story at [link] We haven’t discussed security very much on this blog for two simple reasons: I’m not a computer security expert and despite the Convio security breach, I rarely get wind of security issues that occur in the non-profit sector.

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

Have Fun - Do Good

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. This was in the days where anything that moves on the Internet was exciting, so we had a real leg up. Now, we've have it all in our laptops and we can make anything we want to make. There's really nothing to stop it from diffusing on the Internet.