How to Recycle E-Waste: Emulate Nokia

Because people are replacing their electronics at accelerating rates, there has been a proliferation of electronic waste worldwide. Some companies, such as Nokia, have started programs to recycle cellphones and to reclaim valuable materials hidden in electronic waste. More than 130 million cellphones are thrown away every year in the US. Seventeen-thousand tons of electronic…

Time for a Water Supply Chain?

Water. Depending on where you live, some years there's too little of it (the current drought in the US) and some years there's too much of it (Thailand floods — ring any bells?). In either case, the global need for water — for personal consumption, to grow crops, or to help produce electronics parts —…

Making Cities Smarter

It makes sense that as our lives become hyper-connected, so will the cities we live in. If you believe the hype, mobile technology could well be the tool that facilitates many of the smart, urban connections aimed at improving general city services, transportation, energy use, environmental/green activities, and even something as simple as signage. There's…

Want Energy Innovation? Think Tarpaper

BROOKLYN — While I was running a weekly newspaper in Massachusetts, I wrote about a guy named Salvatore who lived next-door on School Street. His response to the first great American oil crisis, when the cost of heating fuel soared to almost a dollar a gallon, was to staple tarpaper to the eastern and southern…

Jan 31: D-Day for Conflict Minerals Compliance

Raw materials are in the headlines again, and it's not for rising costs this time. Instead, electronic companies are scrambling to meet the January 31 Securities & Exchange Commission deadline for reporting on “conflict minerals” — gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten — that have entered the supply chain. It isn't as simple as filling out…

Measuring the Supply Chain Carbon Footprint

Sure, green is good. It's important to know the impact transportation has on carbon dioxide emissions. But, when I see comments like the one below, I raise a few eyebrows. A few weeks ago, Claire Whittaker, the EU's transport directorate-general, told delegates of Green Freight Europe, a recently launched environmental initiative, that the European Commission…