Webinar: Implementing a Green IT Program
(sponsored by Green IT Tools and Strategic Sustainability Consulting)
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: wherever you are (in front of a computer)!
Who should attend: IT directors, IT professionals and sustainability managers
- A five-step process for implementing a Green IT program
- Areas of opportunity and impact for Green IT
- Using the Green IT Toolkit to assess your organization’s IT impact
- Where to find resources to help you get started
Register and More Info
I posted about Better World Books back in January, but I want to mention something I just read about this socially responsible company. The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire just posted about them saying they “distributed more than $470,000 in proceeds from its Library Discards & Donations Program to hundreds of city, county and university libraries in 2007…” Better World Books has now collected items from over 900 libraries and generated over $1.4 million in funding for libraries in the last 5 years (as well as additional $2.7 million for non-profit literacy initiatives.) Also note they have saved 6,454 tons of books from ending up in landfills and 1725 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping. WOW! If you haven’t yet taken the time to check out their Library Discards & Donation program, visit them online: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/Programs/Library.aspx
Fast Company magazine just listed them as one of 45 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Cnet’s news.com blog wrote about them recently as well: “Eco-alternative to Amazon funds literacy programs” They are also a certified Founding B Corporation.
Don’t forget tonight — Saturday, March 29, 2008 is Earth Hour! Join other people in cities around the world and turn off your lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in your local time zone.
Is anyone’s library doing anything in honor of Earth Hour? I’d love to know – please comment.
For more info: http://www4.earthhourus.org/
Can’t finish your meal at lunch? Take it to go and enjoy it later for another meal – a great way not to waste food. But, that usually that means putting your leftovers in a polystyrene foam container that you will throw away at home. Polystyrene foam takes a very long time if ever to break down, usually cannot be recycled, and has one of the highest negative impacts on the environment. How about bringing your own container for your leftovers? I bring a collapsible container (Tupperware and Rubbermaid both make these types of containers.) that fits easily in my backpack and I can reuse again and again.
Check out EBSCO Publishing’s new GreenFILE – a FREE bibliographic database of information about environmental issues. This database contains over 200 titles and300,000 records including scholarly titles and government reports in areas such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
Available FREE: www.greeninfoonline.com
This free online community – Rate It Green – is a user driven Web site for green building, products, companies, and services including a green rating system. Created by three unique partners and an advisory board looking for new members to join, their goal is “to facilitate an open marketplace where everyone can shop for and buy green products confidently.” The site includes a forum where users can share their thoughts or ask questions to others about products and services and a section on Green Building Basics. For those not wishing to register, the public areas are free to browse but you will not be able to post, rate or comment.
Check it out: http://www.rateitgreen.com/
April 3-6, 2008: Houston Green Expo at Reliant Park invites more than its typical design and construction professionals this year as it will focus on green building, sustainable land use, global warming issues, energy efficiency, and green vehicles. April 5-6 Expo Days are FREE to general public featuring the latest in green building products and related services. There is even a free GreenRide ride-share program.