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City of San Jose's Green Technology Program Raises $130,000 for Low-income Student and Household Laptops

  • 3 mths ago

SAN JOSÉ, CA - Today, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, in partnership with Revivn and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), announced a fundraising milestone of more than $130,000 for purchasing new laptops for low-income residents in San José. This innovative “green technology” program partners with technology companies to reduce e-waste by refurbishing old and retired devices before selling them, and then leveraging the profits to buy brand new devices for San José students in need.

“Closing the digital divide for our least-connected residents starts by getting them reliable devices for school and work,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo. “This public-private partnership is a model for how our business community can help digitally connect all our neighbors.”

Leveraging the device refurbishment capabilities of Revivn, Mayor Liccardo’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) and CETF partnered with Silicon Valley technology companies to transform donated unused devices into funding for new computers for low-income residents through the Digital Inclusion Fund. Revivn matches a portion of proceeds for all San José donations. Through this unique philanthropic model, companies are able to participate without a direct financial investment and are able to give within their existing business models. 

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