Tech companies celebrate Earth Day in cool ways

While we should be caring for the planet every day, we asked technology companies how they plan to celebrate Earth Day, and we're happy to report that the environment is still top-of-mind.

Efforts run the gamut from carbon offsets, and tree planting to some freebies and product discounts. But this list only scratches the surface of some of the great things in the works. If you're a tech company doing something kind for the environment, we apologize that we missed you, and we ask that you submit your contribution as a comment below.

Contests

Terrabytes Consulting is holding a green IT resolution contest to help companies kick their bad IT habits. Write your business' Green IT Resolution in 100-words or less, and submit by 5:00 pm on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The winner will receive a Green IT Assessment and assistance in setting up a green IT program. The company will also be featured on the Terrabytes and Green IT Tools websites.

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Reuse, reduce, recycle

Climate Culture, a carbon tracking platform helps people reduce their energy use and impact on climate change. The company recently launched a contest called America's Greenest Campus, the first nationwide contest that enables colleges to compete in reducing their carbon footprint. The Greenest Campus could win up to $20K. Climate Culture allows any group or company to log on and compete against each other to reduce their energy use.

Carbon offset programs

Glimmerglass is offering a new free carbon offset program where it will purchase carbon offsets to completely neutralize up to 10 years electrical usage of every Intelligent Optical Switch purchased through them and shipped between April 22nd and December 31st of 2009.

GenGreen LLC will be offsetting carbon for one day of using Facebook for every person that adds its Every Day is Earth Day application to their Facebook profile. The app provides daily tips on how to go green and is a count down to Earth Day. Once Earth Day passes, the app will still provide daily green tips. More detail here.

Plant a tree

kajeet began its plant a tree program this month in partnership with social venture company Mokugift and the United Nation's Environment Programme's "One Billion Tree Campaign." With the purchase of any recycled cell phone, kajeet will plant a tree in the customer's name in a deforested region of the world. The customer will receive information about where the tree was planted, what type of tree it was, learn more about global warming and how to plant more trees. kajeet will also supply customers with postage-paid envelopes to return any unused, unwanted phones for recycling. Check out the plant a tree site and the amazing graphics.

Chegg.com, an online textbook rental company has committed to planting one tree for every textbook rented, bought, sold or donated through their site. To date, Chegg.com has planted over 750 acres of trees. As an extension of their partnership with American Forests, Chegg.com encourages participation in the Greener Earth Pact, an interactive pact that will go live at 12 a.m. EST on April 20. The Greener Earth Pact is an agreement that was created to engage awareness, action and commitment to resolving environmental issues that negatively affect our everyday lives. By signing the pact and agreeing to follow through on environmentally conscious behavior, Chegg.com will plant up to 10 acres of trees. American Forests will match those efforts, planting an additional 10 acres of new forest growth.

Donations to a green cause

APC has partnered with several retailers, such as Best Buy and Staples, and will for every APC Back-UPS ES 750 and Power-Saving SurgeArrest sold on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

Freebies

Userful Corp. is giving away a free 2-user version of its software which turns one computer into up to 10. Check out the details to download the software here.

MyFax Internet faxing is offering 3 free months of service to businesses and individual users that recycle their fax machine.

Product discounts

iolo Technologies is offering a 40% discount off of the regular price of System Mechanic, its PC tune-up software. The goal is to keep fewer computers out of landfills by extending their life. Visit iolo Technologies and enter the coupon code of "GreenPC" (not case-sensitive). This code will be available now until Saturday, April 25.

Symantec Corp.'s NortonLive's Green PC Service is specially priced at $9.99 when combined with any other Norton product or NortonLive service or it can be purchased separately for $14.99 ($5 off the regular $19.99) throughout April. Details here.

Recycling

Best buy will take two items per household per day. They list what they will and will not accept here.

They'll accept nearly everything electronic, including TVs, computers, DVD players, monitors, or cell phones. They charge $10 for TVs under 32", CRTs, monitors and laptops, but you receive a $10 Best Buy gift card. Desktop or laptop computers with the hard drive removed are also accepted.

Dell offers free recycling of its products anytime. Details here.

Staples is offering a limited time, free printer take-back program when you buy a new one that retails for $179 and up, and a $50 rebate to use on another product.

Cartridge World has developed numerous programs to make recycling printer cartridges easier for consumers and businesses. In conjunction with this year’s observance of Earth Day, Cartridge World has launched a "Recycle it @ Cartridge World" campaign that encourages consumers to recycle printer cartridges and cell phones at participating stores. All collections will be sent to Clover Technologies Group, the largest collector and recycler of cartridges and cell phones, to be broken down and reused in other products.

M&K Recovery Group, an electronics recycler in North Andover, MA is holding a week-long collection, including special hours on Saturday, April 25, offering free recycling for all household electronics. PC monitors and non-flat screen televisions will be recycled for $10. Businesses dropping off e-cycling in bulk will receive a 10%total discount.

Internal corporate efforts

CotterWeb Enterprises' employees will roll up their sleeves and take part in a day of electronics recycling, on April 22.  In addition to encouraging employees to bring in their personal electronics for recycling, CotterWeb will also pay for employees to recycle any personal items they bring in at a cost of $0.25 per pound. 

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