Check out SVTC’s Solar Scorecard

March 26th, 2010

When we returned from our tour of solar facilities in Germany, we realized that each solar company seems to have strengths and weakness in different areas and in order for us to help the industry move to be more just and sustainable – it might be a good idea to compare them. This way companies …

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#2 – Mandatory takeback and recycling will create jobs in the U.S.

March 18th, 2010

When you consider the millions of dollars given to solar companies from both federal and state governments in the form of loans, grants, and tax credits, it only makes sense that these companies figure out ways to give back to our communities. It’s not enough for companies to just protect the environment, they should employ …

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SVTC’s Top Ten: Why Solar Companies Must Take Back & Responsibly Recycle

February 11th, 2010

#1 – Recycling laws save lives and protects human health and the environment #2 – Mandatory takeback and recycling will create jobs in the U.S. #3 –Programs in the 21st century should measure their success by how much of their recycled materials are actually used in the production of new products. #4 – Mandatory takeback and recycling …

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Sunflowers and Solar Panels

December 14th, 2009

Since we sent out over 200 surveys to solar companies in October, I had to visit several hundred solar websites to get companies’ addresses. Some sites were bare-bones and for others, cost was probably not an issue. On thing I noticed while dredging through hundreds of sites was sunflowers. Beautiful sunflowers fully blossomed in the …

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What Do I Really Know?: My Failed Knowledge About Electronic Recycling

December 1st, 2009

Every quarter we are fortunate enough to have students from Stanford University intern here at SVTC.  In the upcoming weeks, the students will be blogging about their experiences at SVTC and their thoughts about e-waste and sustainable technology. What Do I Really Know?: My Failed Knowledge About Electronics Recycling It was a simple question. Frustratingly …

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Mike Anane Interview

August 12th, 2009

Ghanaian journalist, Mike Anane, began corresponding with SVTC in late 2008 about ewaste dumping in Accra. In our spring newsletter, Lauren Ornelas, our campaign director, interviewed Anane on the e-waste being shipped to Ghana under the guise of charity. Earlier this month, ABC TV visited the Agbogbloshie dumpsite in Ghana with Mr. Anane to document the very conditions Mr. Anane had …

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Video Contest 2009

July 27th, 2009

When Sheila, our executive director, told me that we wanted to have a video contest on e-waste I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start putting everything together. But then it occurred to me that I didn’t know where to start. The videos had to be short and about e-waste – that I knew. …

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They are the Working Poor

August 27th, 2008

This area was full of people working and using their creativity and hurting their bodies in the process to make a living. They are the working poor.

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