Reverse Logistics Five Years Out

“What will be different about reverse logistics in 2020?” was the opening salvo from Dr. Dale Rogers, professor of logistics and supply chain management at Arizona State University and moderator of the 2nd Annual Reverse Logistics & Sustainability Council Conference opening keynote panel. The biggest game changer, according to Dr. Elliot Rabinovich, also a professor…

ITAD and the Environment, 2014 and Beyond

Veterans of the IT asset disposition industry will tell you that the most important consideration in developing an asset disposition strategy is data security. And of course, as they say in Boston, data security is wicked important. But data security is not the only important factor, and just as car buyers and home buyers have…

Upcycling for Good: Meet the Digitruck

Here in Arrow’s Value Recovery business, we say that recycling is a last resort. Not that recycling is a bad thing, but in the scheme of things sustainable, reuse is a whole lot better. But there’s a grander notion still – that of upcycling. Recycling is an energy-intensive process that fundamentally breaks things down to…

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),…

Electronics, China, and Sustainable IT

Two aspects of how China handles elements of the IT device life cycle are particularly pertinent to the discussion of sustainable IT – one at the sourcing stage (rare earth elements [REEs]) and one at the electronics’ end of life. Rare Earth Investing News characterizes China’s dominance in the market for REEs – minerals that…

What goes in must come out – but can it?

One of the flaws in thinking recycling is so virtuous is that too little attention goes into the energy and materials needed in the recycling process. Without a doubt, it’s better to be able to use recycled aluminum than freshly mined ore, but the recycling process itself is energy and material intensive. Another major flaw…

More Beer. Less Waste.

It’s hard to get closer to the core of America than with American sports fans. If America actually has a top religion, it would have to be sports, given the number of devotees, the hours of worship spent, the dollars contributed, the passion, the zeal and, in some cases, the blind faith. So when data…

Sustainability and Jury Duty; Say What?

Sustainability and Jury Duty; Say What? If you’ve noticed a slacking in my blogging rhythm, you can attribute it to my seven-and- a-half-week empanelment on a jury for a trial that wasn’t anticipated to last nearly that long. Yet there are always lessons to learn, and some are not easily learned vicariously. Seven and a…