TechSoup Global Goes To Congress (Again): Humanitarian Electronics Recycling and Refurbishment for the March 15th NPC Meeting

This Friday, March 15th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Jim Lynch, Director of GreenTech for TechSoup Global. It’s not our first time advocating for charities and libraries in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Congress, but this time, Jim Lynch has created a catch phrase that he hopes will capture some hearts and minds of policymakers. He calls it “humanitarian electronics recycling and refurbishment”. Find out what he said to policymakers on behalf of the digital divide.

Bio: Jim Lynch, Director of GreenTech, TechSoup Global  

Over his long career at TechSoup Global, Jim Lynch has been involved in creating all of TechSoup’s environmental programs. Mr. Lynch leads TechSoup Global’s work to develop the computer refurbishment and reuse field in the United States and internationally. He has provided testimony on the humanitarian portion of the field to the U.S International Trade Commission. He has also participated in the creation and refinement of standards for the U.S. electronics recycling industry.

Mr. Lynch also directs TechSoup’s GreenTech program, which promotes technology and practices that reduce the IT environmental impact and carbon footprint of nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries worldwide.

Jim Lynch designed, in cooperation with Microsoft, the Community Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher Program for the Americas, which distributes low-cost Windows and Office software to recyclers and refurbishers. In 2005 he also started TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative, which supplies low-cost warrantied refurbished computers to U.S. nonprofits and libraries. His interest in computer recycling and nonprofit social enterprise began when he created and ran homeless education programs and computer training labs in the 1980s

Jim Lynch has been interviewed extensively over the years on computer recycling and related issues by the Wall St. Journal, National Public Radio, PC World Magazine, and many other news outlets. 


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Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, March 15th, 8:30 AM SLT / PST

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater



  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central
  • 8:55 am Jim Lynch: Humanitarian Electronics Recycling and Refurbishment
  • 9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

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Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir