Think before you print January 3, 2011
Print What You Like of a web page October 5, 2010
PrintWhatYouLike is a free online editor that lets you format any web page for printing in seconds saving money and the environment. It helps you eliminate printing web pages full of ads, empty space and other junk you don’t want. Enter a URL and you get a screen with the web page image and legend of options such as to show or hide the background, images, and margins; change the font size and style; and save as various format. The best part – on the page itself, you can choose different areas/pieces of the page (indicated by their red box that highlights as you mouse over it) and the isolate, remove, widen, resize, save clip or select only. View the demo for details.
Recharge Batteries on your PC July 9, 2010
From NYT personal tech section article: Batteries that can Recharge on your PC. These batteries look like an ordinary AA battery, but peeling back the little green cap that crowns the top reveals a USB port - recharge w/o additional wires or connectors. They cost about $17 for 2 of them but can be recharged 100s of times so well worth the cost.
Greening your computer June 1, 2010
Here are some helpful tips about power management and printing: The Ultimate 5 Ways to Go Green on Your Computer (thanks for the tip Stacey!)
Solar Powered ebook Reader January 2, 2010
The new LG Display used photovoltaic solar to power this ebook reader. Four to Five hours of sunlight will give the users a whole day of use w/o recharging. It uses a thin-film solar cell - 10 centimeters squared – to fit the 6″ display panel for the e-book, which is produced “by placing electrodes onto a glass or plastic substrate. Contrary to widely adopted crystalline solar cells that employ silicon wafers, the thin-film solar cell is generally light-weight and easily adjustable in size and form for applications such as e-books or mobile phones.” (from LG Display Web site) It’s not available in the US yet but stay tuned. Read more at the Inhabitat Web site.
Mapping the Future of Solar/Renewable Energy January 1, 2010
The BLM (Bureau of land management) and Dept of Energy created maps of six U.S. states most suitable for solar energy generation and transmission: Arizona (PDF and below), California (PDF), Colorado (PDF), Nevada (PDF), New Mexico (PDF) and Utah (PDF). The US Govt is now conducting several environmental impact studies, opening solar energy permitting offices, and overhauling the application and review process for utilities looking to develop land for solar energy generation. Read more on CNET’s Green Tech site.
There is also a new set of layers – 14 types of areas within three main categories of land protection - for Google Earth called Path to Green Energy, developed byNatural Resources Defense Council and the National Audubon Society and a Google.org’s Geo Challenge Grants. The tool’s goals is to provide industry, conservationists, policy-makers, and concerned citizens instant access to interactive wildlife, habitat and land management maps to guide appropriate site selection for renewable power generation and transmission facilities. Launch the tool through NRDC site and read more details here.
save energy October 26, 2009
One easy way you can save energy (and money!) in your library is through your computer power management settings. A typical desktop computer and LCD monitor can use over 200 watts a day. Laptops use less than 45 watts and Macs generally use a lot less energy too. (more info) By putting your computer to “sleep” you can cut back to 1-5 watts of energy. Generally if you are going to be away for more than 20-30 minutes, set your computer and monitor to sleep/hibernate mode. This is especially good to do at night, weekends, or when you are away. Check with your IT folks to find out how they install updates to your computer, but many times they can either remotely turn on your computer, or set the updates to install once you computer is back on the network. (more info) The EPA has some information on computer power management settings for individual computers. How to access these settings? In Windows XP go to start – control panels – power options: set your monitor and your standby to 20 minutes. For Macs go to system preferences – energy saver. Also check that your peripherals are turned off – like the printer or copier -as well. And buy Energy Star computers whenever possible – they use up to 60% less energy than non-energy star computers . More computer energy saving tips.
Two common myths: no it doesn’t hurt your computer to turn it off and on frequently AND screensavers do nothing to save you energy.
Check out the Energy Star Pledge to join the campaign and/or find out more energy saving tips and ideas.
i am green October 6, 2009
Check out iamgreen who’s goal is to make every cell phone and computer “green.” igamgreen LLC has developed proprietary downloadable software app for use on your iPhone, blackberry, android etc. for about 99cents. They offer advice and education as well on how to more efficiently use technology, change your phone/computer settings, and general green news & tips. They also plant a tree for every application purchased! Follow their blog, follow them on twitter, fan them on facebook, or visit their web site. They are in partnership with Energystar, IGEL (initiative for global environmental leadership) and Trees for the Future.
Watch this short video on their cell phone app:
what about a library card? September 28, 2009
Go green by going digital! Is it really greener? Here is a blog post in MotherJones about Kindle ebook reader vs books
Kindle’s lifecycle impact is much less [than a book]: In its first year, it offsets the emissions created by its manufacture, and over its lifecycle, its carbon savings even out to about 370 pounds of CO2, or the equivalent of about 22.5 books per year.
But what if you crave paper books than an ebook format? in this article, they also calculate the cost-savings of using your library instead of buying books and the savings to the environment (and your wallet!) in the process.
Read the Cleanteach Group’s report on how green ebook readers are over print books, magazines and newspapers.
[thanks to MVCC for original post]
eCycling September 11, 2009
This EPA eCycling page offers some information on recycling of electronic products like computers, tvs, cell phones, etc. There is some general information on reusing, recycling and buying green for electronics.You can search via a map for regional and State electronics recycling programs. There is a good list of organization if you are looking to donate or recycle your computer. They also offer some interesting statistics on end of life electronics if you are curious. The Regulations page dives into legislation and mandates on used electronics. Over all is a very useful online information resource for your library or your patrons.