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What You Can Do

  1. Buy Energy-Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Computers
  2. Refurbish and Recycle Your Electronics Waste
  3. Take Simple Steps to Conserve Electricity
  4. Support Environmental Initiatives
  5. Drive Low-Carbon IT Initiatives
  6. Learn About Sustainable Energy
  7. Take Simple Steps to Save Water
  8. Leverage Free Software to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Buy Energy-Efficient, Environmentally-Friendly Computers

  • EPEAT
    EPEAT® is the definitive global registry for greener electronics, covering the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers. Only EPEAT combines comprehensive, objective criteria for design, production, energy and materials use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims after registration. With more than 3,200 products from 45 manufacturers registered in 41 countries, EPEAT has rapidly become the most comprehensive green electronics registry in existence.
  • Climate Savers Computing Initiative Product Catalog
    The Climate Savers Computing Initiative offers an online product catalog containing energy-efficient PCs, laptops, servers, power supplies and power management software.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Computer Guide
    ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.

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Refurbish and Recycle Your Electronics Waste

  • Digital Pipeline
    Digital Pipeline promotes affordable and environmentally responsible reuse of used computers to help technologically disadvantaged schools and communities in Africa and other parts of the world.
  • Dell
    Dell's recycling program allows for the free return of Dell branded products.
  • Gateway
    Recent Gateway customers can get cash for pre-owned, working technology products. Or, you can recycle your used computer or electronics in accordance with environmental best practices.
  • HP
    HP Trade-In offers you the opportunity to get the fair market value of your aging technology and upgrade to new HP technology.
  • Sony
    EcoTrade from Sony accepts both eligible Sony and non-Sony products and lets you trade them in for credit towards the latest Sony has to offer.
  • Toshiba
    Toshiba's laptop recycling and trade-in programs aim to reduce the number of discarded computers and minimize impact to the environment.
  • eRecycle.org
    A partnership between government, manufacturers, retailers and the environmental community that provides guidance and information to consumers about recycling electronic waste.
  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
    The Call2Recycle program helps recycle used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones.
  • myGreenElectronics Website
    Visit the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) for information on how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink electronics.
  • Nokia (USA)
    Nokia pays for postage to help customers recycle old phones.
  • Call to Protect Organization
    Participate in the Call to Protect campaign, which collects wireless phones to benefit survivors of domestic violence.
  • AT&T
    AT&T helps customers recycle wireless phones, Personal Data Assistants (PDAs), accessories and batteries.
  • Sprint
    Sprint offers a free recycling program for used wireless phones, batteries, accessories and connection cards, regardless of make.
  • T-Mobile: Handset Recycling Program
    T-Mobile promotes the recycling and reuse of old wireless devices.
  • Verizon Wireless
    Verizon's HopeLine program puts unused wireless services and equipment to work to assist survivors.

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Take Simple Steps to Conserve Electricity

  • Power Management Improvements in Windows 7
    Discover the improvements in Windows 7 that reduce power consumption, enhance user experiences, and enable greater enterprise power management.
  • Unplug or recycle spare or extra appliances if you don't really need them.
  • Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.

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Support Environmental Initiatives

  • The Windows Live Service i'm Campaign
    Every time you start a conversation using i'm, we share a portion of our advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective social and environmental cause organizations. Each of our partners will get a minimum of $100,000.
  • An Inconvenient Ride
    The Microsoft Live Search team sponsors a 23-day bicycle journey across the US to spread the message about the state of our environment and alert people about how they can help.
  • Carbon Grove
    Sign up for regular reminders about small things you can do to help save the environment.

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Drive Low-Carbon IT Initiatives

  • The Green Grid
    This global consortium is dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in data centers and business computing ecosystems.
  • EPA Low Carbon IT Certification
    Join the Low Carbon IT Campaign and have your organization pledge to activate power management features on your monitors and computers to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • International Standards Organization: ISO 14001
    The ISO 14000 standards are practical tools for the manager who wants to implement a strategic approach that can bring return on investment in environment-related measures.
  • ISO 1400 User Forum
    Visit this interactive and open peer to peer portal to read or contribute environmental and ISO 14000 related papers, ideas, comments, news, and more related to ISO 14000 standards.
  • Climate Savers Computing Initiative Product Catalog
    The Climate Savers Computing Initiative offers an online product catalog containing energy-efficient PCs, laptops, servers, power supplies and power management software.
  • Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
    GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, was born in 2001 to further sustainable development in the ICT sector. GeSI fosters global and open cooperation, informs the public of its members' voluntary actions to improve their sustainability performance, and promotes technologies that foster sustainable development.
  • Digital Energy Solutions Campaign (DESC)
    The Digital Energy Solutions Campaign (DESC) brings together information and communications technology (ICT) companies and associations, non-governmental organizations, customers and other stakeholders who recognize the enabling role that ICT plays in improving our environment and driving long-term economic growth. DESC was launched in 2008 and in 2010 was moved to the Information Technology Industry Council to help advance the Campaign's work.

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Learn About Sustainable Energy

  • MSN Green
    See articles, photos, videos, FAQs, and tips about global climate change and what people are doing to try to help.
  • Climate Counts
    See how your favorite companies stack up on environmental sustainability on the Climate Counts scorecard.
  • Carbon Disclosure Project
    Visit the largest repository of corporate greenhouse gas emissions data in the world – the nonprofit that set the gold standard for carbon disclosure methodology and process.
  • Conservation International
    See how this nonprofit works to conserve the Earth's living heritage – our global biodiversity – and to demonstrate that human societies can live harmoniously with nature.
  • Environmental Defense Fund
    The EDF links science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems.
  • European Environment Agency
    The EEA helps achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment by providing timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.
  • National Geographic
    National Geographic's Mission Programs support critical expeditions and scientific fieldwork, encourage geography education for students, promote natural and cultural conservation, and more.
  • NRDC: Green Enterprise Guide
    The Natural Resources Defense Council works with businesses and other organizations to help reduce the environmental impacts of their operations and events.
  • GRIST
    Timely and engaging independent environmental journalism from a nonprofit organization with a sense of humor.
  • TreeHugger
    One-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information, with blogs, newsletters, video coverage, and more.
  • The Daily Green
    Visit the consumer's guide to the green revolution.

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Take Simple Steps to Save Water

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Leverage Free Software to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

  • Live Search Maps
    Customize your route to avoid traffic and reduce the environmental impact of driving.

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