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…

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…

Symbiosis: Reverse Logistics and Sustainability as They Should Be

I’ll take definition #4: Symbiosis: any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc. This should describe the relationship between reverse logistics and sustainability. Indeed, it’s likely what the creators of the Reverse Logistics & Sustainability Council had in mind when they created the industry trade association a few years back. Yet in…

Happy Birthday, DigiTruck!

It was just this time last year that we introduced the DigiTruck – a solar-powered, refurbished cargo container outfitted with refurbished PCs and reborn as a mobile classroom (or clinic). This year, the DigiTruck finds itself at an orphanage in Tanzania. This particular DigiTruck was built locally with solar company Greenlink and will stay at…

DigiTruck Behind The Scenes

Arrow has received rave reviews for our sponsorship of the DigiTruck in Africa, and the CBS special television show, “Courage in Sports” helped to spread the word about the DigiTruck’s capabilities as a sustainable, mobile classroom. But what CBS didn’t show were the torrential rains, thick mud, and difficulties setting up the DigiTruck without certain…

Big Data, the Data Center and the Facilities Manager

Disappearing are the days when IT can remain oblivious to the electricity it uses. For a long time, IT’s primary accountability has been in the areas of availability, reliability and performance. These are the criteria written into service level agreements. The electricity bill is not among them, and typically falls to facilities management or may…