Earth Day Computing

Posted by Rob Lewis

Computer hardware production and disposal is one of the fastest growing threats to our environment. Since today is Earth Day and you're likely reading this on a computer, what can we do about it?

Use less computers. Calgary's Userful Corporation announced last week that in the past year its software that allows up to ten people to work from one computer has saved 29,000* tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking more than 5,000 cars off the road.

Modern desktop computers sit idle virtually the entire day while we read or type. Userful leverages this unused computing power to create an environmentally efficient alternative to traditional desktop computing. Up to 10 users can work on a single computer by simply attaching extra monitors, mice and keyboards. Need an extra PC around the house? Userful is giving away a free version of its innovative software that gives you a second computer for free.

Recycle your old computer. In Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, contact the Electronic Recycling Association. They're a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing electronic waste through the reuse and recycling of unwanted computers and related electronic equipment and the donation of refurbished computers to charities.

All computer equipment is sorted by volunteers. It is then determined if suitable for donation to a local non-profit organization or handled for recycling. They offer complete hard-drive wiping by request as well as free local pick-up services (for 15 Items or more) and drop off depots for smaller quantities.

Company:
Electronic Recycling Association
Website:
http://www.era.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

We are a non-profit organization focusing on the reuse of IT equipment . Over the years we have kept uncountable amounts of computers out of the landfills, and donated them into the hands of many needy charities and low income people. On top of Donations, ERA ensures that equipment is properly handled and recycled. This month alone, we have made over 15 donations to various churches, community centers, families... more

Company:
Userful Corporation
Website:
http://www.userful.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Userful lets anyone provide secure managed desktop computers at a fraction of traditional costs. Our software lets you multiply and manage your desktops -- multiplying your hardware investment by delivering up to ten workstations from just one standard PC, and managing them all through an admin web site. Userful software is used daily on over 30,000 desktops worldwide from schools and libraries to hotels and... more

Company:
Free Geek Vancouver
Website:
http://freegeekvancouver.org/
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

We take all computer equipment, FREE OF CHARGE, working or not, in any condition. More info on donating hardware. Your old computer equipment goes directly into our volunteer programs. Even while it's being evaluated, people are learning to identify computer parts. Reuseable hardware furnishes computers for volunteers and non-profits. If your equipment has to be recycled, we'll do it as locally and sustainably as... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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