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Here are the new ‘Green Tech’ heroes

by stacy

Every once in a while, we come across numerous projects that have been launched by activists, organisations, and communities to get “Back to Green” and care for the environment. As Earth Day is drawing near, we thought it would be appropriate to revisit a couple of the stories we’ve heard from our users. These individuals, through the initiatives they’ve undertaken, have been working to create a better future for their communities and to make the world a healthier, more environmentally friendly, and more enjoyable place to live. As a result of the fact that they have utilised technology that most of us would not consider to be ‘green,’ we might consider them to be proponents of an innovative form of ‘Green Tech.’

There has been a great deal of discussion regarding the negative aspects of technology and the ways in which it is proving to be an adversary to Mother Nature. It’s interesting to note that each of these tales offer a different point of view, and this is not restricted to the fact that they used Signeasy to put their signatures on documents. The conviction that technology and productivity tools have been assisting them in their efforts to improve the community is another thing that they share in common, which goes all the way up to that point.

Agricultural Improvement Through the Application of Green Technology – Peter Gredig, AgNition
Even if you are unaware of it, the must-have tool for productivity or cooperation also offers enormous promise in the field of green technology. The tools and platforms for communication and networking have already altered the way we communicate, which has resulted in a more compact, easily navigable, and eventually more sustainable global community. Not only do online meeting tools such as Skype and Facetime save time and money on travel, but they also lessen the carbon footprint that the business world leaves behind.

Additionally, the advantages are not limited to the typical business sectors. Peter Gredig, a farmer from Canada who is also a specialist in technology, is a partner at AgNition, a mobile technology company that focuses on agriculture technology, which TechCrunch.com refers to as the “new Queen of Green.” Even though Peter believes that forward-looking technology such as 3D printing and Google Glass will be beneficial for farmers in the future, he still believes that a mobile phone is the most useful instrument for usage on a farm. His perspective is that the most difficult obstacle is “trying to understand all of the things your phone is capable of doing.” The majority of us only use eight, ten, or twelve percent of what our phones are actually capable of doing. Apps that just so happen to work wonders in terms of farm productivity are included on Peter’s list of unlikeliest heroes on the farm. Peter has been an advocate for the use of video conferencing applications like Skype and FaceTime in the communications that farmers have with their mechanics, agronomists, and veterinarians. He continues by saying, “The elevator always sends me an email including a PDF file after I sell grain.” Previously, I had to go home, print out the PDF, sign it by hand, scan it, and then send it back by email. Because I now have the Signeasy app on my phone, I can complete all of those tasks in a matter of 15 seconds.

Building sustainable resources for communities | Neil van Dine, Haiti Outreach
Activists in the community and the environment are similar to business owners in that they have a forward-looking perspective on the future and are not afraid to put in the extra effort to make that perspective a reality. The activist, much like the usual entrepreneur, is always searching for novel approaches to address issues and make a positive difference in the lives of others, particularly through the use of technological advances and time-saving tips.

Neil van Dine, a community worker, and his organisation, Haiti Outreach, are dedicated to bringing about social and economic transformation in Haiti, which is consistently ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. In the past 23 years, they have created more than 1500 wells and water systems for rural communities all throughout Haiti. To do this, they have not only drilled wells, but they have also educated the locals on how to manage water in a sustainable manner.

Neil discovered a time-saving technology that shared his dedication to challenging the existing quo and his goal of bringing communities in Haiti access to clean water while also enhancing productivity and the overall quality of life in those places. As the leader of our organisation in Haiti, it is necessary for me to sign several official documents, such as those pertaining to customs and the government, as well as reports. The fact that I can utilise Signeasy on my iPhone despite the fact that my job takes me all across the United States and Haiti has completely revolutionised how we do our business, as he explains. “Even in the best of circumstances, the fact that we have no infrastructure at all makes our work difficult and demanding. In the past, getting contracts signed required lengthy travel across “roads” that were sometimes unpaved and saw very little foot traffic. This was just to sign a contract for the next well or water system. Now, thanks to Signeasy, the process is completed immediately. Providing me with the ability to sign documents from virtually anywhere in the country. I have occasionally scaled the peaks of mountains in Haiti in order to receive a mobile connection that would enable me to digitally sign a contract on my phone and then send it on.

Green tech is the sweet spot that brings together technology and sustainability, and it is in the hands of community advocates like Neil and Peter that it can truly thrive. According to Peter, all that is required is the right frame of mind in order to recognise it in the technologies you use on a daily basis. “Your frame of mind determines everything. Finding a solution to a problem first requires determining what the issue is that needs to be fixed, and only then can one begin searching for the appropriate technology.

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