August 13th, 2013

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Releases 2013 Solar Scorecard More Than 25 Percent of Solar Companies Hide Environmental Information from Public San Francisco, CA – August 13, 2013 – The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition’s (SVTC) today released the 2013 Solar Scorecard at www.solarscorecard.com , which revealed that most of the solar industry’s environmental practices remain hidden from the …

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Wasted time, lives and our future

May 2nd, 2013

When the Consumer Watchdog’s report “Golden Wasteland” came out, I felt vindicated. For years, I have been sitting in meetings with DTSC, attending their workshops, reading their emails and have always felt like something was missing: logic and purpose. DTSC’s purpose is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances, but …

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Hazardous Waste from Solar Energy?

February 22nd, 2013

A recent Associated Press (AP) article on hazardous waste in the solar industry was widely circulated on the web and ran in most major media and TV networks. If you’ve been following SVTC’s work, you know that hazardous waste from solar is news, but discussions about the solar industry’s environmental impacts are not new. Since …

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DTSC’s Proposed Solar Recycling Regulations will haunt California for Years to Come

October 31st, 2012

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) proposed solar recycling regulations are so baffling they resemble San Jose’s haunted Winchester Mansion. The Winchester Mansion was built in 1884 by Sarah Winchester, the gun-manufacturer heiress. She believed she was being haunted by victims killed by Winchester rifles and she spent the latter part of her life building rooms …

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Formal But Not Yet Safe

August 28th, 2012

Apple products are poisoning workers who make them. This is well known, thanks to a long campaign by activists. Recently, Apple accepted this too and promised to remedy this….

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May 10th, 2012

Contact for more information: Sheila Davis- (408) 287-6707 (415) 846-6331 (cell) svtc@svtc.org www.svtc.org www.solarscorecard.com SVTC SURVEY FINDS SOLAR INDUSTRY LEADERS IMPROVING ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PERFORMANCE Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Releases 2012 Solar Scorecard Rankings on the Environmental and Social Performance of Solar PV Module Manufacturers San Francisco, CA – May 10, 2012 – The Silicon …

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SCORECARD FINDS SOLAR INDUSTRY LEADERS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD SVTC’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL PERFORMANCE GOALS

May 10th, 2012

Solar industry leaders are making slow but steady progress…

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Why SVTC Created a Lifecycle Website

February 29th, 2012

At SVTC, we’ve learned that just because we can’t always see pollution does not mean that it doesn’t exist.  This is certainly the case for solar energy.  Solar panels, after all, don’t belch smoke or emit horrible odors from dirty smoke stacks. So it’s difficult to imagine that the panels that sit passively on your …

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Solar Manufacturing in the US is Taking a Beating

December 13th, 2011

Several solar firms, calling themselves the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), have filed a suit with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Chinese solar panel makers are dumping cheap solar panels on the US market. The complaint filed by seven manufacturers has divided the US solar industry and resulted in another group, calling …

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Cleantech’s “Double” Bottomline: Sustainability Still Treated Separate But Not Equal

November 30th, 2011

I recently served as a judge for the 2011 Cleantech Open Business Competition’s National Sustainability Award at the CaliforniaCleantech Open (CTO). The competition provides training and mentoring to bring start- up cleantech companies to market. CTO, considered by some to be the Academy Awards of the cleantech industry, continues to help grow and define the cleantech sector. As …

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