I’m delighted to be blogging again, now from my role in Global Sustainability and Compliance for Arrow Electronics. I am perched in the heart of Arrow Value Recovery, where pursuing sustainable electronics is core to our mission. To be counted among the very fortunate, between my day job and my passion for sustainability, I have a boatload to say about this subject and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.
Some would argue (me included) that “Sustainable Electronics” is an oxymoron. We’d be quick to affirm that technology is critical to solving the myriad problems clustered under the umbrella of sustainability – from energy generation and management, to water, food security, disaster relief, and even social justice. Yet questions of resource use and availability are inherent in the creation, use and ultimate end-of-life of electronics. Water, energy, and materials go into the creation of electronics, their manufacture, their packaging, their distribution, their use, potential re-use and disposal. The ride will include in-depth explorations of these various aspects as well as commentary on relevant current events and news.
“Sustainable Electronics” – our ability to continue to enjoy devices upon which our very lives and livelihoods depend – is not a given. I posit that the wanton proliferation and irresponsible disposal of electronics threatens their long-term availability. And without the electronics that are embedded in our transportation and communication, our medical devices and our education, our buildings, energy distribution and food distribution, life as we enjoy it is at risk.
I invite you to join me on this journey, to engage around the topics I raise and suggest topics you want addressed. The challenges of sustainability are systems challenges. We need systems thinkers to solve them. No longer can we be content with yesterday’s education or rely on the dominance of one discipline or domain. We must learn from each other. As we say in the Boston Area Sustainability Group, “Time is short and we all need to learn a boatload fast.”
Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org – and enjoy the ride!