Humpty Dumpty: Beyond the Electronics Recycling Landscape

When the Closed Loop Foundation decided to determine the state of “circularity” in the world of electronics, its sights (and funding) landed on the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) and the Sustainability Consortium (TSC) at Arizona State University, where leading sustainability research is front and center. Carole Mars and Christopher Nafe, along with Jason…

Hello Columbus – Sustainability Lunch & Learn June 21st

I’m heading to Columbus, Ohio, for the official opening of Arrow’s newly automated facility for processing electronics at end of life. I’m hoping to turn this into an opportunity to meet sustainability leaders in the greater Columbus area. Here in Boston, I co-organize the Boston Area Sustainability Group, knowing that continuing to connect with other…

CleanMed – Health Care and Sustainability Nirvana

I fell in love with the CleanMed conference when I first attended in 2010. CleanMed is a content-rich gathering, chock full of heart. It was started by two determined nonprofits, Healthcare without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, in 2001. For my money, CleanMed is positively the most inspiring of conferences. As the premier national conference for…

Building Collaborative Networks to Do Sustainability Right

On Earth Day, April 22, 2016, 175 countries signed the Paris climate accord. Literally decades of work led to this historic moment. Now what? The climate goal will be translated into goals set by countries and, within those countries, goals set by governments and corporations in what needs be the ultimate call for collaboration. But…

EcoVadis: Calling All Brands

Two weeks ago in Paris, EcoVadis held its annual conference, providing content to both its customers and its global staff of analysts, those ultimately responsible for scoring companies across a spectrum of corporate social responsibility and sustainability criteria. The content ranged from the macro – current trends as presented in the opening keynote by author…

This Earth Day: Find Cracks in the Corporate Armor

Find Cracks in the Corporate Armor to Improve Sustainability and Bottom Line. There seem to be, in my overly simplistic view of the world, two kinds of companies: – companies that use their sustainability values to inform their business practices, and – those who resist or don’t recognize the s-word. But regardless of their external stance…

Re-envisioning Earth Day

Earth Day has an image problem. This venerable holiday bears a patina of tree-hugger and righteous scout, somehow not exactly in step with the times. Part of the problem may be the notion that anything that could be done in one day is woefully inadequate in the face of daunting environmental problems that loom on…

Is Earth Day Enough?

The most common practice of Earth Day celebrations is to plant new trees. This is a wonderful tradition, but we’d also like to suggest that planting ideas may be just as important. Ideas about electronics reuse, ideas about sustainability, and ideas about a circular economy where we design products with reuse in mind. Sowing ideas like…