Green Bank's Annual Computer Drive Shatters Previous Record

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Green Bank's Annual Computer Drive Shatters Previous Record

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For Immediate Release

Annual Computer Drive Takes Big Byte Out Of Landfills

Techs & Trainers joins Green Bank to refurbish old computers

 

HOUSTON (January 12, 2011) – Techs & Trainers completed their most successful computer drive in the non-profit’s history, last Friday, bringing in more than 300 computers over a two week period.  The annual drive, hosted by Green Bank, also brought in 170 monitors, 120 printers and hundreds of other accessories, marking a 400% increase over the previous year’s effort. 

 

The drive, which begins on the first business day after Christmas each year, targets Houstonians that might have a “newly obsolete” computer, or machines that have been sitting around for years.  The outdated computers are wiped clean and refurbished by Techs & Trainers and provided to special-needs Houstonians.  Machines that can’t be repaired are dismantled for parts and safely recycled locally.

 

“We were just thrilled with the turnout,” said Barbara Rosen, executive director of Techs & Trainers.  “We have donations that come from numerous sources throughout the year, including local corporations, churches, civic organizations and individuals, but the Green Bank computer drive has been growing steadily each year and makes up a significant portion of our annual intake.”

 

The benefits that come from the donated machines are three-fold: the non-profit, founded in 2000, uses the computers to provide computer training and skills development to Houstonians with barriers to employment.  Experienced technicians oversee the refurbishment of the equipment, and job-seekers learn relevant new skills while making the repairs and upgrades. The end product is an affordable computer system for someone who might not otherwise be able to enjoy what technology has to offer.  Through this process, thousands of computers each year are saved from simply being thrown out with the trash.

 

“The City of Houston estimates that annually 86 percent of the computers end up in a landfill," said Michael Barone, vice president of marketing & branding at Green Bank.  “We’re glad to join with Techs & Trainers to educate Houstonians on other uses for those old machines.  Even if the computers aren’t usable, almost every part can be salvaged for another purpose.  It helps our fellow residents, and it certainly helps our environment.”

 

Since its founding in 2007, Green Bank initiates programs that use fewer natural resources and reduce waste.  In addition to the computer drive – now in its third year – the bank supports more than 110 Houston-based environmental non-profits through the Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, making direct donations, partnering and volunteering in other green events throughout the year.

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About Techs & Trainers

Founded in 2000, Techs & Trainers seeks to provide a basic computer service to the disabled community of greater Houston.  The non-profit, based in Bellaire, TX, provides technological skills and computers to people with disabilities, barriers to employment or low income, while protecting the environment from e-waste.  www.techsandtrainers.org  

 

About Green Bank

Green Bank, N.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Bancorp, Inc.  Headquartered in Houston, the bank focuses on the commercial and private banking needs of middle market businesses and individuals with innovative products and personal attention. 

 

Green Bank is committed to streamlining processes, preserving resources and performing to a higher standard.  Green Bank, N.A. is a federally chartered bank regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a division of the Department of the Treasury of the United States and Member FDIC.  www.greenbank.com   

 

For More Information:

Barbara Rosen

713-839-7177

Techs1234@yahoo.com