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2016 Highlights

ERA’s 6th Annual Awareness and Appreciation Golf Tournament

On August 18th we hosted our 6th annual golf tournament at the Inglewood Golf and Curling Club. We host the tournament each year to show our appreciation to our donors for their continued support, as well as to raise awareness and keep the discussion on e-waste going. The day was filled with lots of sunshine, catching up with some of our partners and donors and of course prizes! We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their contributions, including: Starbucks, Lululemon, Talisman Centre, Yuk Yuks, Calaway Park, Marty MacLure of Investors Group and Bell. Thanks to you we were able to provide prizes to all of our guests, and heat up the competition on the fairway with some great contest holes.
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ERA to Donate Refurbished Computers to the Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Show Must Go On: Tech Donation Helps a Popular Vancouver Charity Vancouver, BC (July 7, 2016) – The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has been supporting charitable organizations in Vancouver through the donation of refurbished IT equipment and other electronics for a decade, and on July 15th 2016 will donate 16 computers to the Vancouver Fringe Festival. “This donation is extremely exciting for us,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “It’s so rewarding to see equipment used by the group responsible for an event that positively impacts so many people. People may not realize that Vancouver Fringe Festival is a charity – 100% of proceeds from ticket sales from the festival are passed on to artists – so they don’t have a budget for computers. We are happy to step up and fill that need.” The Vancouver Fringe Festival is an annual celebration of all kinds of theatre that occurs for 11 days in September. With over 500 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 40,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival. “Donations from ERA help keep our organization running. These donations ensure that more money goes into the pockets of the artists and toward enriching the Vancouver cultural community,” says Shantini Klaassen, managing director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. “They also allow us to employ more up and coming arts managers in the community and begin new projects like Theatre Wire. ERA helps lift the burden of worrying about big-ticket hardware expenses, which makes an incredible difference to a small non-profit like the Fringe.” ERA collects unwanted equipment from local organizations, many of which cycle out computers and laptops after as few as three years. Instead of taking these operational computers apart and recycling them for metals, plastic and glass, the ERA removes data, cleans and tests them, and then updates software systems so they are immediately ready to be reused. Media representatives are invited to attend and cover this story as ERA presents the donation.   Date:               Friday, July 15th 2016   Time:               10:30 AM   Location:         Vancouver Fringe Festival 203-1398 Cartwright St Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8   Attendees:      Shantini Klaassen, managing director, Vancouver Fringe Festival Nil Singh, director of sales, western Canada, ERA

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About the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Established in 2004, the ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. With reuse being the ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. The ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment to charities and individuals alike. About the Vancouver Fringe Festival The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of all kinds of theatre. Produced annually by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society over 11 days in September, with over 500 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 40,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers. Media contacts: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) 604.215.4483 [email protected] Shantini Klaassen Managing Director Vancouver Fringe Festival 604.257.0350 ex. 106 [email protected] [caption id="attachment_8163" align="aligncenter" width="1150"]Vancouver Fringe Festival Vancouver Fringe Festival | Photo c/o John Vincent[/caption]
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CIOCAN and ERA Partner to Donate Equipment to Fort McMurray Fire Victims

National IT Association Partners with Tech Refurbisher to Donate Equipment to Fort McMurray Fire Victims  Non-profit tech association rallies to form accessible computer donation program aimed at replacing equipment lost in May wildfires Edmonton, AB (June 29, 2016) –The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) has partnered with the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) to launch a program that will allow individuals and businesses affected by the May wildfires in Fort McMurray to request and receive computer equipment. The program will give Fort McMurray residents and businesses the opportunity to attain donated computer equipment to replace items lost or damaged in the fire. Equipment will be provided at no cost to verified Fort McMurray citizens. Spearheaded by the Edmonton chapter, CIOCAN has put out a national request for equipment to support the initiative. “As Information Technology leaders for various businesses across Canada, we have a unique opportunity to donate electronic devices to victims of the May wildfires.” Says Shaun Guthrie, chapter president of CIOCAN in Edmonton.  “Leveraging our network and using that as a way to give back to the community is not only a key value of the CIO Association of Canada, but it’s the right thing to do.” “Businesses and citizens of Alberta have done an incredible job of showing support for fire victims through monetary and physical donations, but we haven’t yet seen a program focused on electronic devices” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “While a computer isn’t the first thing you would think those affected would need, in order to get back to a sense of normalcy people need to be connected and have access to information. Many people lost everything – including phones, computers, and other household electronics, and may not have access to new equipment for some time. Living without these things would be extremely difficult – so we want to help by offering donated equipment.” Organizations can donate equipment to Fort McMurray fire victims by accessing the donor form: https://www.era.ca/donate-to-give-back-to-fort-mac-initiative/ Applications for equipment donations can be made utilizing the request form on ERA’s website: https://www.era.ca/give-back-to-fort-mac/ The call for equipment can be found on CIOCAN's website: http://www.ciocan.ca/calling-cios-give-back-fort-mac-hardware-donation-program/ The program is slated to run until September 27th 2016. – 30 – About the Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) Established in 2004, the ERA is a non-profit organization directed to reduce the environmental impact of improperly discarded toxic electronic waste by offering accessible services to help corporations and individuals manage their retiring IT assets. With reuse being the ERA’s top priority, every item that is received is examined for any remaining productive life and refurbished for reuse. True end of life items are transferred to accredited recyclers where a nil landfill contribution can be assured. The ERA is committed to supporting local charities and individuals in need through the provision of electronic equipment. About the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) The CIO Association of Canada was founded in 2004, extending to a national level the success of the CIO Association of BC created in 1998. CIOCAN is a not-for-profit community of CIOs and Information Technology leaders whose mission is to facilitate networking, sharing of best practices and executive development, and to drive advocacy on issues facing CIOs/IT Executives. Media contacts: Kristi Gartner Marketing and Communications Manager Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) 403.262.4488 [email protected] Shaun Guthrie Director, Information Technology – Go Auto Edmonton Chapter President - CIO Association of Canada 780-733-6634 [email protected] Donate equipment to Fort McMurray
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Donation to Edmonton’s Sacred Heart Foundation

We got a great update from Edmonton's Sacred Heart Foundation, letting us know how thrilled a couple of their students were to receive laptops from ERA. The Sacred Heart Foundation (LINC) Program is designed for newcomers to Canada who have not had the opportunity to attend a formal school in their country or have had interrupted learning. The reasons for not begin able to attend a formal school can vary from not being allowed to attend (in particular, women) to war, or parents needing their children to find work or to stay at home to help with daily chores. These students typically are illiterate in their first language and have not been able to acquire the skills needed to survive in a regular classroom setting or in a literate based society such as Canada.
According to the group, when one recipient was given the donation her eyes lit up like Christmas and she was so happy to get the laptop. The other was so happy he danced all the way back to his classroom. We are so happy to see these smiles - keep up the great work! Sacred heart foundation 1Sacred heart foundation 2
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ERA Takes Home an Emerald Award!

ERA Wins Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence in the Non-Profit Category

On June 8th 2016, the Emerald Foundation hosted their 25th annual Emerald Awards in Calgary, AB. Nominated for Community Group & Non-Profit Association: Grassroots, ERA was up against Sustainable Food Edmonton and Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park. Being nominated among these fantastic organizations was an honor in itself, and to have been selected by the Foundation as the recipient is an incredibly humbling honor. For the past 12 years, we have been working to divert e-waste through our accessible reuse and recycling services, while striving to bridge the digital divide faced by so many less fortunate Canadians through our computer donation program. It is exceptionally rewarding to receive recognition for this work, an honor that has energized our whole team to work even harder to our goal of diverting 100% of e-waste. [caption id="attachment_8066" align="aligncenter" width="1668"]ERA Emerald Award for web ERA's 2016 Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence[/caption] The Emerald Foundation is a charitable organization focused on recognizing and celebrating environmental achievements and stewardship in Alberta, establishing an example of excellence for all to follow. Since 1992, over 2500 examples of creative thinking and innovation in environmental management systems, technologies and education programs have been shared by the Foundation, helping Alberta balance its growth and resource development with the preservation of our environment. For the past 25 years, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth and governments. Uniquely Albertan, the Emerald Awards are the only award of their kind in our country, showcasing environmental excellence across all sectors. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the Emerald Foundation for recognizing our contribution to environmental excellence in Alberta – it is an infinitely rewarding honor for us to see our programs acknowledged by such a highly regarded organization! [caption id="attachment_8067" align="aligncenter" width="570"]ERA Emerald Award Acceptance for web ERA's Kristi Gartner accepting their Emerald Award on June 8th at TELUS Spark[/caption] To view all Emerald Award nominees and recipients, visit the Foundation's website: http://emeraldfoundation.ca/25th-annual-emerald-awards/ For news coverage on the Awards, visit: http://edmontonjournal.com/business/local-business/inspiring-work-defines-emerald-awards-winners  
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The Show Must Go On: ERA’s Donation to Vancouver Fringe Festival a Big Success!

On July 15, ERA was pleased to donate 16 computers to the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The computers will be used to help the festival continue to host one of the most popular events in Vancouver. We were thrilled to be met by the group's team, all of whom were excited to receive the donation and exceptionally grateful. Nearly 500 volunteers work tirelessly to make the event happen, and we can see why!

Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Festival is an annual celebration of all kinds of theatre that occurs for 11 days in September. With over 500 volunteers supporting 700+ performances and attracting over 40,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival. The Fringe employs an “everyone is welcome” selection technique—the Mainstage shows are literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists, from novice to veteran, a chance to participate.The Fringe strives to break down traditional boundaries and encourage open dialogue between audiences and artists by presenting live un-juried, uncensored theatre in an accessible and informal environment. All artists receive 100% of regular box office revenues generated during the Festival. Fringe Festival Donation July 2016 1 “Donations from ERA help keep our organization running. These donations ensure that more money goes into the pockets of the artists and toward enriching the Vancouver cultural community,” says Shantini Klaassen, managing director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. “They also allow us to employ more up and coming arts managers in the community and begin new projects like Theatre Wire. ERA helps lift the burden of worrying about big-ticket hardware expenses, which makes an incredible difference to a small non-profit like the Fringe.” The best part about this donation is that it allows the festival to continue providing the artists who perform at the event with proceeds from ticket sales, ensuring they aren't using funds to cover necessary equipment. “This donation is extremely exciting for us,” says Bojan Paduh, founder and president of ERA. “It’s so rewarding to see equipment used by the group responsible for an event that positively impacts so many people. People may not realize that Vancouver Fringe Festival is a charity – 100% of proceeds from ticket sales from the festival are passed on to artists – so they don’t have a budget for computers. We are happy to step up and fill that need.” Vancouver Fringe Festival donation 2 Thanks to the festival's team for giving us such a warm welcome - we wish you the best of luck for this year's festival and thank you for all the amazing work you do to support artists and their dreams!    
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ERA Contributes to Turning Vancouver into a High-Tech, Green Oasis

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Turning Vancouver into a High-Tech, Green Oasis

How entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and city government are collaborating to change the face of a city

Pristine waters, majestic snow-capped mountains, and sprawling parks are the images people think of when they imagine greater Vancouver. The region’s expansive natural terrain is a big draw for tourists and locals alike, but with increasing carbon emissions from cars and other technologies, the natural oasis is in need of protection. The city and surrounding area decided to fight tech with tech, and government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations have utilized modern technology for various initiatives that are making Vancouver both greener and more tech-friendly every day.

The city of Vancouver itself has instituted a slew of various initiatives to make Vancouver greener by 2020. The city’s chief digital officer, Jessie Adcock, says that the city has five main long-term strategies: the Greenest City Action Plan, the Healthy City Strategy, the Economic Action Plan, the Renewable City Strategy, and the Digital Strategy.  The city’s four-year digital strategy was approved in 2013 with fifteen priority initiatives to be delivered over four years, Adcock says. This year, that strategy will be getting a revamp. “Most strategies do really well when they have clear objectives,” she says. “We’re going to deliver the last of those priorities this year. So what does that mean for the future? The nature of technology is such that it never stops changing. Four years ago, our strategy was built around things like mobile and digital transformation, and getting the building blocks together.” The next phase of the strategy will focus on the newest waves of technology, like self-driving cars and drones.

The digital strategy is centered on four main pillars that together will create sustainability and green objectives. The first of those four relates to engagement and access—how Vancouver can use technology better to interface with its citizens. The second utilizes the city’s infrastructure to create a network foundation that optimizes how the city uses its digital network to deploy smart city initiatives, which are directly tied to sustainable and green initiatives. The third and fourth relate to the digital economy and organizational maturity. “In terms of green initiatives, we find ourselves seeing a lot of intersection between green objectives, sustainable objectives, and digital across all four of those pillars,” says Adcock.

The digital strategy helps support much of the Greenest City Action Plan. The initiative addresses Vancouver’s environmental challenges by working with the city council, residents, businesses, and other organizations to set measurable and attainable sustainability goals. The action plan aims to reduce the average distance driven per resident by 20 percent, reduce energy use and green house gas emissions in existing buildings by 20 percent, reduce solid landfill and incinerator waste by 50 percent, and increase access to nature, clean water, local food, and clean air. So far, the city has decreased its carbon dioxide emissions from residential and commercial buildings from about 1.2 million tonnes in 2008 to about 1.14 million tonnes in 2014.  The average distance driven since 2008 has decreased by 21 percent, and the city has planted 37,000 of its intended 150,000 trees. All of these initiatives share a goal of being completed by 2020.

Robert Brennan Hart, the Founder and CEO of Politik, a technology media company headquartered in Vancouver, recently hosted the largest Canadian enterprise technology event, Interzone, in the city. Before creating Politik, Hart founded the Canadian Cloud Council, a national not-for-profit association focused on accelerating Canada’s cloud computing industry, and has seen the evolution of Vancouver into a greener, more tech-friendly space. Hart says that the impetus has been the global awareness of climate change’s impacts on the environment in the long term. “The hyper-acceleration of the internet has seen technology move from the narrow confines of the largest governments and corporations to become an integral part of all aspects of human endeavor,” commented Hart. “Across its various manifestations in individual interactions, economic organizations, and social structures, it has had a greater impact on the human condition than the accumulated progress of the five thousand years of civilization that preceded it. Society, for the most part, has finally acknowledged our impact on the natural ecosystem and big industry can no longer ignore the alternative technologies being created to reduce this apocalyptic footprint.”

British Columbia’s diverse, Internet-driven economy, unlike it’s prairie neighbors to the west, has ensured the province’s ongoing sustainability through the darkest days of the global oil and gas recession. “Canada’s economy has been largely dependent on the success of its manufacturing and energy sectors in the past,” said Hart.  “Needless to say, there has been significant oligarchic resistance in some provinces to embrace policies that support the movement from a resource to a knowledge-based economy. Everyone has heard of Slack, Hootsuite and Plenty of Fish–all Vancouver based technology juggernauts–but can you name a comparable success story in Alberta? I can’t.”

“We find ourselves seeing a lot of intersection between green objectives, sustainable objectives, and digital.” Jessie Adcock, City of Vancouver, CDO

It isn’t just government agencies that are striving for greener change. Nonprofit Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) targets reuse and recycling technology. Founded in 2004, the organization addresses the increasing issue of electronic waste and an “increasing digital divide.” ERA is a reuse facility that takes old retiring IT assets from companies and individuals across the country, removes data from them, and refurbishes them for reuse through a donation program and a low-cost sales program, says marketing and communications manager Kristi Gartner. The organization effectively reduces e-waste on a digitally secure platform while increasing access to technology for Canada’s lower-income bracket. “It’s first and foremost keeping this equipment out of landfills,” Gartner says. The association also raises awareness by hosting community events and partnering with various agencies. It provides accessible information on alternative options for disposing their technology, Gartner says.

In 2015, ERA partnered with Oxford Properties and hosted events at three of its sites, with collection cases and digital shredders on site. It provided opportunities for the public to bring in their equipment, shred their hard drives, and donate the equipment with the help of Oxford. Since its inception in 2004, the nonprofit has grown from one depot in Calgary to five depots that serve Calgary and Vancouver.

Major corporate names like Lush Cosmetics, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, and North Shore Credit Union are also taking aims to be greener. In 2012, the credit union began using automatic lighting systems, low water-flow fixtures, and products made from recyclable components. Port Metro Vancouver, a shipping and transportation company, started using hybrid vehicles that same year for its corporate fleet, and reduced roughly 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions as a result in 2012 alone. The energy savings also translate to cost savings for these companies, which is part of what Vancouver city officials are hoping will encourage other businesses to get greener.

Ian McKay, the CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), says that green jobs have increased by 19 percent from 2010 to 2013, which is an increase from 16,700 in 2010 to 20,000 in 2013. According to the most recent VEC Green Jobs report, the commission estimates there will be up to 33,300 green and local jobs by the end of the 2020 fiscal year. As a city, Vancouver has one of the more robust and strict focuses on the growing technology sector and prioritizing clean tech in the green economy, McKay says. “Vancouver has a history of moving toward sustainable economic development primarily because our city was brought up on the resource-based sector—forestry, mining, fishing, shipping, all that sort of stuff,” he says. “Those industries have, for decades, been looking for sustainable solutions for their extraction, processing, and shipping. We’ve been a natural home for an evolving, clean technology sector. As a result of the work that was done by the resource-based sector and the current class of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, Vancouver has about 25 percent of Canada’s clean tech industry, including companies, jobs, and venture capital flow.”

Together, these initiatives represent foresight and a conglomerate of more than twenty different agencies in government, nonprofit, and corporate structures using technology to help Vancouver live up to its green reputation.

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ERA’s Fundraising Program Helps One Group Achieve Goals!

Raising funds for you cause just got a little bit simpler. ERA has a fundraising program in place that allows groups to host an e-waste drive and then hand over collected equipment to ERA to earn rebates. On June 11th, the Calgary Rockies Ringette team hosted a Moolah for Macros e-waste fundraising drive at Lake Chapparal in Calgary. We spent the day with their team collecting unwanted electronic equipment from friends, family, and community members. Rockies Ringette Fundraising program At the end of the day, the team had nearly filled one of ERA's 5 ton trucks! We transported all of that e-waste back to our facilities, where it was sorted, weighed and data wiped for security. Using rebate allowances put in place through our Moolah for Macros fundraising program, we were pleased to write a cheque in the amount of $491.40.
For a day's work, earning nearly $500.00 toward their goal is pretty amazing! Not only that, their efforts through our fundraising program allowed ERA to divert hundreds of pounds of e-waste from landfills, keeping our earth safe.
If you would like to book an e-waste fundraiser, contact us today for more information. We'll help you put together a communication plan and will share details of your fundraiser with all of our contacts to ensure it is a success! For full program details, visit: https://www.era.ca/e-waste-fundraiser/
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ERA Donates to Surrey’s Vintage Truck Museum

We were thrilled to donate several laptops to the Vintage Truck Museum in Surrey! According to the group, the computers will allow them to add to their interactive displays in a really big way! Vintage Truck Museum Vintage Truck Museum
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Tech Donation to EDGE Skills Centre a Big Success!

On May 30th, ERA delivered 30 computers to EDGE Skills Centre in Winnipeg. It was a great, sunny day, and the ERA team was met by an office full of volunteers ready to move equipment from the truck into the lab. EDGE Skills Centre collage We had the chance to tour EDGE's facility and meet some of their staff, students and volunteers. Everyone present had a positive, excited attitude and it was clear the organization has deep roots in the community. EDGE has several classrooms at their facilities with computer equipment. The computers are used to help individuals challenged by unemployment through comprehensive employment training. Their year-long training program helps upwards of 70 disadvantaged individuals each year, in addition to countless others, who receive resume-writing assistance and short-term counseling. Before the donation, the computers they were using were obsolete, and many did not work. The group needed upgraded computers to continue offering relevant training to people who need basic computer skills to start working toward personal success. Many of the monitors were the old CRT style, and many of the computers had very old operating systems on them, including XP - for which there is no longer tech support. All of the equipment we provided has a Windows 7 operating system installed, and all 30 monitors are flat screen and energy efficient. We look forward to hearing some success stories from the organization, and would like to thank all of our dedicated donors for their continued support To see the story aired on CTV News Winnipeg, please click here: The Electronic Association donates 30 computers to EDGE Skills Centre CTV News Winnipeg: Refurbished computers give job training a boost: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/refurbished-computers-give-job-training-a-boost-1.2924405
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