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6 Home Office Design Ideas with an Eco-Friendly Flair

Earth Day has come and gone, but there are still exciting ways to contribute to a healthier planet year round. Telecommuting is one of our favorite ways here at PGi to be green and productive, and for teleworkers, you can be green, productive and trendy right in your home office. Here are a six home office design ideas with an …

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Recycle your technology: green ways to get rid of cell phones and chargers

With the death or upgrade of every cellphone comes the inevitable question of what to do with the phone and its accouterments. It’s easy to end up with a drawer of tangled cords, dead batteries and other components, promising yourself that you’ll deal with it someday, but why not turn over a new leaf? You can do a lot of …

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AT&T launches eco-rating system

In February AT&T announced that it would be bringing an eco-rating system to market. Certain AT&T-branded mobile devices would feature an eco-rating label so customers could not only compare product specifications among devices but also compare the environmental footprint of these same devices. Yesterday, the eco-rating system debuted at stores across the country. The system rates a product on 15 …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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65% of federal agencies are ready for teleworking

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As mobile and Internet technology expands, the ability for more people to easily telework also expands. This is the case with private businesses as well as with government agencies. A new report from the Telework Exchange reveals that 65 percent of federal agencies have above-average information technology (IT) infrastructures that are capable of supporting teleworkers. Other key findings in the …

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The rising cost of utilities in America: Infographic

Bills for basic gas and electricity reached record highs in 2011, and the trend isn’t likely to end any time soon. See where rates are rising and why in this infographic from One Block off the Grid.                                               …

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Recycle my phone

Maybe you’ve worn it out by making who-knows-how-many calls and sending even more emoticon-filled text messages. Or maybe you just want to upgrade to a higher-octane model. Whatever the case, you’re ready to get rid of your old cellphone, and you find yourself asking the question, “How can I recycle my phone?” Fortunately, you have plenty of options, from dropping it …

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What’s coworking? And why is it so awesome?

With the economy in a long, slow recovery, with many people still looking for work, some have created their own jobs. Others have found that working for someone else is frustrating, unfulfilling, or just doesn’t fit their personalities (I’m a part of the latter group). For whatever reason, more people than ever before are working for themselves. About a year …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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‘Like’ this: Facebook and Greenpeace to collaborate on clean energy

Agreement comes nearly two years into Greenpeace’s campaign criticizing Facebook’s coal-powered data centers.                       Photo credit: Pshab/Flickr Facebook and Greenpeace have decided to bury the hatchet and become friends. It’s the end of a two-year feud that led Greenpeace to openly and frequently criticize the social networking giant for using …

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Easy Green Resolutions for Your Business in 2012

Having suffered through the historical drought that scorched Texas this past summer and being befuddled by a winter that seems more like spring, many of us are embracing terms like “climate change,” “climate weirdness” and “global warming” to describe the unprecedented shifts in our planet’s weather patterns. Although we may struggle to articulate our concerns, not always knowing the precise scientific …

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Welcome to the urban (sustainability) century

Half the world now lives in cities, and by midcentury 75 percent of us will be urbanites. To make our cities sustainable, look to the 2012 TED Prize and a fascinating new documentary called Urbanized. Photo courtesy of David Schenfeld/Flickr By the middle of this century, there will be as many people living in cities worldwide as there are alive …

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Computer recycling

When you want to properly dispose of your own computer, how do you find a recycler that will make sure the discarded electronics don’t harm environmental and human health? The computer you’re using at this very moment most likely contains toxic substances like lead, cadmium and mercury, which – when you inevitably need to upgrade to a new model — …

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Working longer hours now that you’re working from home?

I believe in telecommuting. I love the freedom, the space, the solitude and the comfort of working from home—and I certainly don’t miss the commute. I especially value that I am saving twenty pounds of carbon emissions a day by not driving to work. There are diverse advantages to working from home, not the least of which is repurposing the …

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What You Can Do: The Impact of Carbon Offset Purchases

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Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate at PGi’s #ShiftNYC conference, which was presented in partnership with SocialPeopleTV. I hadn’t traveled for months and relished the idea of visiting New York City, spending four days in a beautiful coworking space, and meeting creative dynamic professionals. Still, I was hesitant—as soon as I got on the plane I knew …

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Victorious Green: An Interview with Morgan Carey, Part 2

The following article, based on an interview with Morgan Carey, founder of Victorious Green, is part two of a series describing his holistic, healing perspectives on sustainable building, organic foods, and permaculture principles. For more information on Morgan’s background and beginnings, read part one.   Bearing fruit Helping guide clients toward living a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle is a key …

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Coworking Space Finds Relationship Solution in iMeet

Video conferencing technology allows people from all industries to connect with customers and clients, regardless of geography. PGi’s virtual meeting solution, iMeet, both simplifies and augments the video conferencing experience through a streamlined interface. iMeet’s versatility and diverse business applications made it the ideal choice for our new partner, thinkspace. A small innovative company, thinkspace provides coworking spaces for freelancers, …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 3: Telecommuting

People have begun to see the impact telecommuting can make on our overall carbon footprint and are realizing that working from home can help the planet. Because telecommuting reduces carbon fuel consumption, air pollution and traffic congestion by decreasing the number of cars on the road, environmentalists strongly recommend this simple, effective solution. According to a survey commissioned by the …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 2: Impact on Flying

As business develops its reach globally, air travel has increasingly become a necessity rather than a luxury. And yet, climate-change activists around the world are paradoxically reaching out, encouraging consumers around the world to reduce their carbon footprint caused by commercial aviation and find alternative solutions. Air travel contributes to approximately two to three percent of global carbon emissions, but …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 1: Impact on Driving

Concerns over the environment and the impact human beings have on it—individually and as businesses—grow steadily and have become increasingly complex. It often seems that the more information we have on environmental issues, the less we understand them. Each environmental demand put on the planet is measured in terms of its carbon footprint, defined by the UK Carbon Trust as …

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