Connecting the Dots – Reprise

In May of 2012, 350.org organized “Connect the Dots Day,” which was aimed at bringing awareness to the acceleration and interconnectivity of severe weather events across the globe. I wrote then about the need to connect the dots in many dimensions beyond the weather events themselves if we are to cognize the importance of our…

The Silo

Organizations of significant size and longevity often complain about silos – departments or functions that operate in isolation from the rest of the organization, making the interchange of information difficult, if not impossible. It’s difficult to get a comprehensive picture without cobbling together into cumbersome kluges systems that are often unique. Frequently these problems are…

Electronics and Earth Day

I’m grateful to those companies that use Earth Day as a rallying cry to bring awareness of the environmental risks associated with electronics to their employees and communities. While I emphatically believe that every day should be Earth Day, I’m fully aware that it isn’t for most people, and that the education gap remains huge….

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…

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…

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…

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 Circular Economy and Electronics

Proponents of sustainability often espouse a “circular economy” – an economy that designs with reuse in mind, an economy that eliminates waste, a “closed loop” where natural resources are not lost, but instead are used in the creation of another something. Fact: We are a resource-constrained world. And whether we examine the consumption of energy,…

Make New Friends – Gearing Up for GreenBiz Forum

“Make new friends, but keep the old” goes the childhood song. “One is silver and the other is gold.” Arguably, all business is about relationships, and I would argue that sustainability is even more so. Nothing calls for collaboration, cooperation, innovation, and trust like sustainability. Nothing needs to cross silos, cultures, generations, and geographies like…