Through its Computers for Learning repurposing program, the General Services Administration (GSA) donates $51,000 in used federal computers to Atlanta’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School for use in the classroom.
The equipment was previously used by GSA staff stationed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building. In the past three years, Georgia schools and organizations have received surplus property valued at more than $20 millionfrom GSA.
Under Computers for Learning, GSA transfers old computer equipment from federal agencies to schools and related nonprofits, placing computers in classrooms throughout the country. The program is good for the schools and the environment, reducing landfill disposals of electronic waste. By some estimates, re-using just one computer prevents 30 pounds of hazardous waste and 77 pounds of solid waste from entering landfills,
The computer donation is part of a broader GSA initiative to underscore the agency’s role as a catalyst for economic development in communities across the country, said Denise Turner Roth, GSA administrator.
“GSA’s Computers for Learning program offers students access to technology to help them effectively compete in the 21st Century,” Turner said. Computers for Learning is one of many community investments GSA makes every day that expands the breadth of opportunity for the American people.”
Schools and educational nonprofit organizations do not pay for excess computer equipment they receive through the CFL program, however, the recipient is responsible for the shipping and handling costs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (http://tinyurl.com/zmmkc7g).