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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Computers

by Megan McLaughlin

Its the holiday season and you're probably resting after a long weekend of shopping, right? Probably not the case for many of us, but in this time of buying and gift giving, you may want to consider giving back...to the environment. If a new computer or other electronic device tops your holiday wish list, consider recycling your old devices if they are no longer in usable/"sellable" condition.

The EPA is out to educate the US on how to recycle electronics. Through awareness alone, we can begin to be more thoughtful when it comes to disposing of old, seemingly useless electronics. The EPA's "eCycling" page offers information and solutions to recycling electronics; what, where, when and how.
The Facts: "Because consumer electronics like personal computers, TV's, cellphones, and stereo equipment contain lead and a variety of other hazardous materials, eCycling, the recycling of electronic equipment, helps protect the environment. And because electronics are becoming obsolete at an ever faster rate, their volume is growing two to three times faster than any other type of waste. It is projected that 500 million personal computers have been taken out of service from 2000 and 2007."

Through the EPA's eCycling website, you can learn where to recycle your unwanted electronics. They also recommend donating, of course, because let's be honest...no one is going to buy your Nokia cell phone from 2002 off your eBay account. Instead of throwing old cellphones out, you can donate them or find a way to recycle them. And that is just one example!

For related information check out these links:

The right way to recycle batteries
Waste Management for a Modern World
Reducing consumer waste: It’s not just about the cans and bottles

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Are You Green Certified?

by Megan McLaughlin

Just about everyone uses computers and a large percentage of those who do are definitely using the internet. Many people also have websites, whether for personal or business purposes, but not everyone has a Green Certified website! CO2Stats is out to change that.

Now that you're reading this, you may begin to notice this little bug on many of the web pages you usually browse. CO2Stats offers green site certification by calculating the combined electricity used by computers visiting a site, the servers providing it and the networks that connect them. CO2Stats then helps to make a site more energy efficient (and load faster), and purchases renewable energy to neutralize the carbon emissions due to generation of that electricity. Pretty cool, huh?

According to the CO2Stats site, "it is an easy-to-use service that makes your website carbon neutral and energy-efficient, and that provides certification that you have taken steps to make your site environmentally friendly." So if you haven't already found ways to make your website more eco-friendly, check out CO2Stats and get your site Green Certified! Its an interesting, fun way to care for the environment while bringing some green appeal to the web!

For more about websites and web design, check out these links:
How a Website Comes Together
90s Web Design

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Roses are Red, Money is Green…

by Megan McLaughlin

...so why not do something to make banking clean? Banking and managing credit cards can all be done from the internet - completely paperless! Banks and credit card companies are now, more than ever, offering "paperless" statements and banking. Here are a few ways to do your part when managing your finances.

Many banks offer paperless statements and online bill paying; you just receive an email notification instead of a paper statement in the mail and you can write checks electronically. These methods are faster and so much easier for you, too! All of your information is at your fingertips and following the activity on your account is always just a click away.

Paperless, online banking is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the headache of waiting for a paper bill in the mail! Planet Green is encouraging people to think of it this way; "Every time you receive a paper bill in the mail, the paper for the bill has to be created, the ink for the printers has to be expended, the paper bill must be placed in a paper envelope and delivered to a mail center by truck or plane, then brought to your doorstep..." See how many instances of environmental damage you can avoid just by making online banking easier for yourself anyway?!

Get some more ideas for going paperless with this article: "Ditching paper..."
Or check out this article about making money during and after college: "Avoiding the Poor College Student Cliche"

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