Why not just let the landlord handle it?

Often the first challenge sustainability practitioners face, once they’re given a green light, is gathering basic utilities expenditures from facilities where an “all-inclusive lease” gives them no visibility into actual utilities usage. A prevalent but far more insidious practice buried in the comprehensive lease might not catch their attention – but it should. The practice…

Think the data on the phone you turned in is gone?

Think again. For more than a decade, I’ve worked with retiring IT assets, and in my opinion, many organizations have huge vulnerability because of the sensitive data they’re leaving on mobile devices. In many cases, they think they’ve got it covered, but my analysis, as well as that of leading industry analysts, is that the…

Electronics and Embedded Energy

Much of the discussion around energy focuses on how to reduce its use. For example: Turn things off when you’re not using them Keep the thermostat low in winter, high in summer Opt for energy-efficient appliances (look for the ENERGY STAR and EPEAT logos) Yet, in the lifecycle of any product, energy is consumed at…

So much #ewaste is unnecessary!

During February’s GreenBiz Forum, I tweeted, “#grnbz @GreenTechLady why can’t we focus more on refurbishment of #electronics?” @GreenTechLady is award-winning journalist Heather Clancy, a senior writer for GreenBiz, among other publications, and host of several GreenBiz Forum sessions. Heather tweeted back, “@carol_baroudi Agree Carol. I’d like to see more focus on retrofits and upgrades.” Dan…