RDC Recognised as Investor in Zero Waste

Originally published in January 2017 – RDC, a subsidiary of Arrow Electronics, Inc., and part of Arrow`s global value recovery business, was recently awarded a five-star rating by Investors in Zero Waste for its efforts in reducing the amount of waste it sends to landfills. RDC improved its processes to ensure that zero IT and…

The Corporate Guide to Managing E-Waste

Somewhere around 1994, when The Internet For Dummies had already become a best seller, I was at a potluck with friends. Someone said to me, “I was going to buy your book, but I didn’t because of the title.” Without thinking, I responded, “Well, that was stupid.” In case you’ve gone the past couple of…

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…

Mega e-Waste

Most of us have a pretty tough time grasping magnitude. If we haven’t experienced it directly, it’s often difficult to imagine. And I think our inability to comprehend enormity contributes to our complacence toward environmental stresses. For example, we don’t come into direct contact with 7 billion people – we experience population in our local…

The 46th Earth Day

If Earth Day were human, it might be suffering a midlife crisis. “I’m 46 years old and what can I say about my life?” Sure there’s a growing environmental movement and Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries, but is the Earth really any better off than it was 46 years ago? Like any 40-something…

Convenience Is the Enemy of the Good

The aphorism “The perfect is the enemy of the good” is well known to many who routinely meet deadlines. With more time, we think, “I could make this better,” but the commitment to delivering on time often rules. En route to sustainability, I think the bigger culprit is convenience. In last year’s IDC Directions conference,…

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…

The Circular Economy Is not Free

Attending the GreenBiz Forum in Phoenix the week of February 16 was a wonderful experience. It was hard not to be inspired and delighted amid so many people doing so many good things. “The Circular Economy” was a term bandied about with relish – referring to our potential future, where waste is eliminated and goods…

The New York Area Sustainability Group and the NHL

The Boston Area Sustainability Group (BASG) celebrated its five-year anniversary this year, so you can imagine my delight in the launching of the New York Area Sustainability Group (NYASG). The NYASG was started by friends of the BASG who take their commitment to sustainability beyond their day jobs – Elizabeth Barthelmes (SunGard), Stathis Gould (IFAC),…