Let the Cat Out of the Bag!

April 29th, 2011

Let the cat out of the bag! Don’t look now, but the chemical industry in California is trying to prevent you from purchasing products that could help save your cat or dog’s life! SB 147 (sponsored by Senator Mark Leno) simply wants to “require the Bureau of Home Furnishings to include an alternative flammability standard …

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Solar Scorecard 2011 Launch

April 18th, 2011

  Earlier this week, SVTC released our 2011 Solar Scorecard. One of our goals with the Solar Scorecard is to allow residential and commercial consumers to see where manufacturers stand on issues related to the environment, sustainability and social justice issues. Transparency is important as informed consumers make the smartest choices. If you want to …

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E-Waste at Stanford, from A Student’s Perspective

March 11th, 2011

By Olivia Isaac Sophomore,  Materials Science Engineering/Civil Engineering Major I know it’s pathetic to admit, but my computer is the love of my life. My whole life is on it – represented through photos with my friends, essays for class, and my whole class/dance practice/lab schedule. Then one day the unthinkable happened; it wouldn’t turn …

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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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The Solar Company Surveys have been sent!

October 19th, 2010

Last year the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition released our first Solar Scorecard ranking solar manufacturers on their commitment to the environment and other socially responsible issues. The scores for the companies were based on their responses to our survey. In preparation for our 2011 Solar Scorecard we just sent out the new Solar Company Survey …

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Reflections on Solar Power International

October 18th, 2010

I just spent a few days at the Solar Power International Conference in LA. And as the industry grows, so does this conference. Solar Companies from around the world were there to umm… shine (I couldn’t help it). As I went from booth to booth, speaking to solar companies about participating in our upcoming survey …

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The FoxConn Suicides

August 18th, 2010

I am not sure how many readers of our blog have been following the situation at Foxconn in China where a number of workers have jumped to their death due to the fact that they are overworked and underpaid with deplorable working conditions. You can find the story here. Foxconn manufactures motherboards. I saw an …

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Deregulate hazardous solar waste?

August 5th, 2010

 The California Department of Toxic Substance Control had earlier determined that cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar modules are hazardous, and that these modules will need to be disposed of in special hazardous waste landfills.  But just last week, they proposed regulation that will exempt hazardous solar panels from hazardous waste handling laws, if these solar modules …

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Who should pay to clean up?

May 27th, 2010

Yesterday President Obama visited the Solyndra solar plant in Fremont where 3,0000 people are working to build a solar facility. Obama used the catastrophic oil spill in the gulf as an opportunity to highlight the need for green jobs and to develop alternative energy. While the administration is currently advocating for alternative energy and being portrayed as a …

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