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GSA Expands Computers for Learning Program in National Capital Region

Program Provides Surplus Government Computers to Schools & Educational Nonprofits

GSA # 10782

March 23, 2011
Contact: Adam Elkington, 202-357-9582
Adam Elkington@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – GSA National Capital Region Administrator Julia Hudson today hosted Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), D.C. City Council Chair Kwame Brown, and Ward 8 D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry at Kramer Middle School to encourage District of Columbia schools and nonprofits in the city with an educational component to participate in GSA’s Computers for Learning program. The CFL program allows government agencies to donate surplus computers and equipment to schools and some educational nonprofit organizations. Schools in the region have not fully utilized the program and this event is the first of several for the region that will explain the process and encourage full participation.
 
“Computers for Learning is a win-win. The program gives local schools access to the technology they need to ensure students can compete for the jobs of the future, while providing an environmentally responsible way for federal agencies to give new life to computers and equipment they are no longer using,” said GSA’s NCR Regional Administrator Julia Hudson. “GSA is committed to the communities that we build, construct and lease in and we want every school in the National Capital Region to know about and take advantage of this resource,” she added.   

Today’s event is part of a broader GSA initiative to inform schools in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia about the CFL program.  Schools participating in CFL can browse the available equipment at the regional warehouse, select what they need and pickup selected items. Area schools will then be able to integrate technology into the classroom and ensure that more of our local children learn the skills that they will need to compete in the 21st century.

The CFL program reduces landfill disposal of electronic waste.  By some estimates, reusing just one computer prevents 30 lbs of hazardous waste and 77 lbs of solid waste from entering landfills, and prevents over 17 gallons of water and 32 tons of air from being polluted.  

The U.S. General Services Administration is proud to sponsor the CFL program and interested schools and educational non-profits organizations are encouraged to find more information on this program at: www.computersforlearning.gov

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Effective management of government assets including more than 9,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 210,000 vehicles in the federal fleet, and preservation of historic federal properties;
Leveraging the government’s buying power through responsible acquisition of products and services making up more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars;
Providing innovative technology solutions to enhance government efficiency and increase citizen engagement; and,
Promoting responsible use of federal resources through development of governmentwide policies ranging from federal travel to property and management practices.

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