It’s been over 5 years since Tech Go Green was incorporated. We founded this organization with one goal in mind: to help people become more mindful of their impact on the Earth. Each team member was hand picked and we enthusiastically helped, driven by the mission and our abilities to accomplish this challenge. Being that we were seniors in college when we started Tech Go Green, we had no idea what we were in for.
My experience with Tech Go Green and social entrepreneurship is one that I am truly blessed to have. I learned so much about business, philanthropy, and my own capabilities, in a way that I could have never obtained through an entry-level position. We invested countless hours, worked almost every single day of the week, and never stopped thinking about how to grow, improve, and succeed. I developed the work ethic I am proud to have today.
Unfortunately, we could not predict the effects of the economic downturn in 2008. Our mainstay service revolved around small businesses investing in greener technology and incorporating daily sustainable practices. Yet, how could they implement our recommendations when they were struggling to keep their doors open? No matter how many hours we worked, new ideas we came up with, or even donations we raised, the failing economy would be our downfall.
I am sad to say that Tech Go Green is no longer but I am extremely proud of the accomplishments we achieved through our team’s dedication and creativity: becoming an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, completing sustainability designs for local nonprofits, fundraising through the “This Shirt Only Comes In Green” organic t-shirt campaign and photoshoot, educating young adults about sustainability in our internship program, and helping college students explore “green” careers in our seminar series.
Thank you to our friends and family for the never-ending support and encouragement, every step of the way. Thank you to the JiJi Foundation and Patagonia for believing in our mission and providing us with seed funding. Thank you to our interns and volunteers for your time and effort to help further our mission for the community. Lastly, thank you to the community members that live and work a little bit greener because of TGG’s educational and awareness efforts.
People want to reduce their impact and they are willing to learn how. Every single change, big or small, is one step forward.
Director of Development
Tech Go Green