‘E-waste’ Finds Its Way into the Dictionary

  ‘E-waste’ Finds Its Way into the Dictionary Once upon a time there was a newspaper editor who, whenever a reporter asked how to spell a word, would throw a copy of the dictionary across the newsroom, striking that poor reporter in the head. This wasn’t some lightweight, dog-eared paperback copy of the dictionary, but…

Sustainatopia’s Sustainable Strategies — A Gem of a Conference

Sustainatopia’s Sustainable Strategies — A Gem of a Conference Sustainability, like every other domain I know, suffers from “silos.” In medicine, I look for holistic practices — practices that treat the whole person rather the parts, practices that seek root causes rather than simply address symptoms. In sustainability, I embrace systems thinking. Systems thinking requires…

Times Change but Pirates and Thieves Stay the Same

Times Change but Pirates and Thieves Stay the Same In 1513, Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa led the first European expedition west to cross the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean. Rodrigo de Bastidas and Christopher Columbus had already visited the Isthmus years earlier, but Balboa was the first to connect the Atlantic…

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap Much of my life as an IT industry analyst was focused on data security. As I turned my focus to green IT and sustainability, the parallels began to emerge. When I shared my thoughts with a sustainability-minded security professional, he said, “Of course – it’s all about the risk.” Uncontrolled IT assets…