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Jessica Beckett

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Recycled products -- Oregon -- Portland, Technology, Sustainability


Interview of Jessica Beckett by Thomas Yarbrough at Free Geek Portland, Oregon on August 10th, 2011.

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Jessica Lee Beckett is the Institutional Outreach & Development Coordinator at Free Geek. She was born in Denver, Colorado.


At the time of this interview (2011) Jessica Beckett worked for Free Geek, a non-profit company that works for sustainability on many platforms. Corporate partners donate old computers to Free Geek, where approximately 600 monthly volunteers and some core staff salvage usable parts and computers for resale and donation, reusing 25 percent of the scrap material (compared to a national average reuse and recycling figure of about 2 percent). Lessening the stream of trash in landfills and providing intrinsic values to both the community and volunteers is the primary objective of Free Geek. They also provide an additional option for people wanting to purchase a used computer. While Portland’s Free Geek is considered as the “mothership,” there are many other smaller Free Geek affiliates throughout the world.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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