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 …
Some people say we can’t move toward a green economy during an economic crisis, but after more than 40 years of leveling fines on end-of-the-pipe pollution, the evidence is all around us. The current environmental protection system doesn’t work and polluters have contributed to this economic crisis.
We hope that by getting solar companies to adopt and incorporate the Green Jobs Platform for Solar into their business model early, the solar industry can become a beacon of sustainability by protecting its workers and the planet, rather than a throw-back to the dark manufacturing practices that have dominated the high-tech sector. We’ve already seen unfortunate spills in China.
May 1st is International Worker’s Day….(and many times) workers aren’t considered ‘people.’ There is a maximum amount that people, meaning consumers, are allowed to be exposed to when it comes to toxics, but somehow that is different for workers – yup, as if their bodies somehow respond differently because they are working there….Workers are the first to be exposed.
…a picture is worth a thousand words. That being said, SVTC has launched our first ever video contest to start today, Earth Day, to draw attention to the devastating impacts that e-waste has on the environment and communities. We are eager to have creative individuals who care about this issue help create awareness.
For those of you haven’t heard, 681 of the 1,800 TV channels will stop broadcasting in analog next Tuesday, despite the legislative delay for June 12th, 2008….
I don’t see it as a political victory, but an attempt to postpone something that will darken the TVs of millions of people in the U.S. and cause a lot of electronic waste down the road.
The opportunity to make a meaningful and immediate difference on the environmental impact of solar manufacturing, recycling, and labor conditions is really exciting. The solar crowd is full of people with good intentions for the environment and a genuine interest in the issues.
Now we have to make up for lost time as we prepare the nation for a new age in renewable energy. There are several immediate actions that we can take to ensure growth in the solar sector and at the same time protect public health, workers and the environment – and we don’t have to look at these things as conflicting goals.
Solar energy may be one of the most important technologies in the 21st century, but the rapid pace of technology innovation has us often moving on to the next thing without a glance at what’s been left behind.
The Obama Transition team has encouraged Congress to delay the impending DTV switchover. After the initial shock (and relief) I was encouraged by what I read…