Carol Baroudi

Electronics and Earth Day

by Carol Baroudi
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I’m grateful to those companies that use Earth Day as a rallying cry to bring awareness of the environmental risks associated with electronics to their employees and communities. While I emphatically believe that every day should be Earth Day, I’m fully aware that it isn’t for most people, and that the education gap remains huge.

Convenience is the Enemy of the Good

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The aphorism “The perfect is the enemy of the good” is well known to many who routinely meet deadlines. With more time, we think, “I could make this better,” but the commitment to delivering on time often rules.

P-P-P-Paper

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In my recent blog “Stop. Don’t Recycle That,” I put heavy emphasis on the first R of the sustainability mantra – namely, REDUCE. In our digital world, it’s easy to forget about paper and its environmental costs. I continuously get reminders from companies that insist that I should get all my information from them electronically because it’s “more green.” The truth of the matter is that it costs them a boatload less money, and the environmental savings are a bonus.

Stop. Don't Recycle That!

by Carol Baroudi
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In an age where green is the new black, somehow the mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has been reduced to simply “Recycle.” And that’s a problem.

When we think about sustainability from the point of view of conservation of resources, both energy conservation and materials conservation, the first injunction will always be “Reduce.” Reduce consumption. Make less stuff. Whatever happens to goods later in their lives will be of lesser value from a sustainability perspective. “Reduce” always saves energy, always saves materials.

Electronics and Embedded Energy

by CAROL BAROUDI
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Much of the discussion around energy focuses on how to reduce its use. For example:

  1. Turn things off when you’re not using them
  2. Keep the thermostat low in winter, high in summer
  3. Opt for energy-efficient appliances (look for the ENERGY STAR and EPEAT logos)

Yet, in the lifecycle of any product, energy is consumed at every phase, including:

So Much #EWaste is Unnecessary!

by CAROL BAROUDI
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During February’s GreenBiz Forum, I tweeted, #grnbz @GreenTechLady why can’t we focus more on refurbishment of #electronics?”

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