Participation in Solar Scorecard Grows by More than 50 Percent

December 10th, 2015

LG and Kyocera among New Participants in the Sixth Annual Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition Report San Francisco – December 10, 2015 – The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) today released its Sixth Annual 2015 Solar Scorecard at www.solarscorecard.com, which ranks manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules according to a range of environmental, sustainability and social …

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What’s Ahead for SVTC in 2015?

December 24th, 2014

By: Sheila Davis, Executive Director, SVTC 2014 was a very productive year for SVTC. We laid a solid foundation for two major initiatives that will keep us very busy in 2015 and beyond. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our latest projects—and also to encourage you to join us by making …

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5th Annual Solar Scorecard Paves the Way for Environmental Sustainability

November 11th, 2014

  By: Sheila Davis, Executive Director, SVTC The results are in! 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year since the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) began releasing its Annual Solar Scorecard. In case you aren’t familiar with it, the SVTC Solar Scorecard ranks manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules according to a range of environmental, sustainability …

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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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Why is it So Easy to Buy Hazardous Products and So Hard to Get Rid of Them Responsibly?

September 15th, 2011

Recently, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) was faced with these issues when we cleaned-out our office and had to dispose of a variety of items. We found that recycling e-waste was easy because SVTC is an informed resident and we are lucky to have a responsible e-waste recycler in Santa Clara County. But with the household products …

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The Plight of Electronics Refurbishers in India

July 1st, 2011

In 2009, SVTC traveled to India to work with Chintan, a group in Delhi working on the electronic waste (e-waste) issue. Together we produced the film, Citizens at Risk. In the following blog series we will be updating you on the progress of the work to work with informal recyclers to improve working conditions and …

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What Does India’s E-Waste Law Mean?

May 17th, 2011

  In 2009, SVTC traveled to India to work with Chintan, a group in Delhi working on the electronic waste (e-waste) issue. Together we produced the film, Citizens at Risk . In the following blog series we will be updating you on the progress of the work to work with informal recyclers to improve working …

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Strengthening California’s Weak e-Waste Law

May 11th, 2011

California is the home to electronic companies such as HP and Apple and also to one of the weakest e-waste recycling laws in the country. Why? Because California passed a “let the company ride free law” – meaning that we as consumers have to pay for the collection of e-waste instead of the company. That …

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SVTC testifies at Oversight Hearing on E-waste

March 8th, 2011

Testimony from Sheila Davis, Executive Director Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition To California Assembly Oversight Hearing on Waste Management in California, Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxics Materials and Assembly Committee on Natural Resources February 28, 2011 Mr. Chairman and Committee Members: I am Sheila Davis, and I am the Executive Director of the Silicon …

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Movie Review for "The Story of Electonics"

December 13th, 2010

by Hyunsuk Shawn Yoo, Morgan Abbett students at Stanford University Have you ever thought about what happens to your used electronic products after you dispose them? Well, most computers, televisions, media players and other electronics, after being dumped after an average of mere 18 months of use, either are exported to the third world or …

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