TechSoup Global, which is a technology information and education resource for non-profit groups that operates on an annual budget of $22 million, has been bitten by the green tech bug.
The organization has started an effort called the GreenTech Initiative to help non-profits get a better handle on how they can change their technology acquisition and maintenance habits. So, it includes information on recycling and refurbishment (my bet is many non-profits ALREADY know a lot about this, because they probably use a lot of donated equipment) as well as the impact of different business practices on the environment.
The first big area that's being tackled in terms of education is paper waste. The Reduce Paper Use Challenge is outlined here. (During the process, TechSoup requires you to take both a pre- and post-survey, so it's going to collect a whole lot of stats about non-profit paper usage along the way.) The prize is a five-year, $10 per month credit to the MyFax Internet fax service. Just one quick question to TechSoup, with no disrespect intended: Why do you have a "print" link on your Web site? This will encourage people to print it! In my mind, this is one very subtle way that ALL of us can start cutting back on how much paper we waste: kill the stuff we print off Web sites, which often uses twice as many sheets as necessary.
Here are a couple of useful links on the new TechSoup site.
Their blog A research area that includes white papers and survey info, such as this poll about non-profits and green tech, that was fielded earlier this year
Hey, and if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find TechSoup Global live at the Green Festival that runs through this weekend.