Free Geek Non-Profit in Portland
Recently, we wrote about the Portland Peak Oil Discussion Group and in the comments of that post reader Jez Lezbro pointed out another "Portland treehugging icon": Free Geek. They are a non-profit "community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service." In their first four year of existence - Free Geek was created in 2000 - they have recycled more than 360 tons of electronic scrap and refurbished over 3,000 computers (loading them with open source software) that are now used by low-income individuals and non-profit organizations, helping both the environment and the Portland community. Free Geek, with over 200 volunteers at any time, is a democratic organization and use consensus in its meetings. If you are in Portland and want to contact them, either to help or because you need help, go here.