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Green ICT In Our Own Communities

We have much to learn from all the global Green ICT activities, but we can't forget to pay attention to our own communities. I've been documenting rural e-waste in my own area since April, as well as the lack of interest from local authorities. This latest e-waste dump site is a a public boat launch. Note that flat screen televisions are starting to show up alongside CRT units. This newer technology has smaller amounts of toxic materials than the older CRTs, but it is still pollution.

University Town Illustrates the Flaws in America's Consumer E-waste Handling



E-waste Collection at UW-Madison Moving Days - 2016

We've show how, in my locality, America's approach to consumer e-waste provides dis-incentives to rural residents. This post shows the same dynamic at play with university students. But the city did temporarily remove one barrier during a flood.

Green ICT Innovations

Researchers and businesses are advancing innovative ideas with potential for mainstream Green ICT. These range from products and services available today to futuristic concepts for tomorrow. The latest looks at the possibility of biodegradable batteries made from paper.

How Fast Is Global E-waste Growing?

The most recent update on global e-waste from a consortium of international organizations gives us new data about the problem's scope and grow. Per-capita e-waste growth is slowing, the overall amount is growing with the world's population.

Mining E-Waste

Our latest update looks at the potential value of the e-waste recycling market and at the challenges nanoscale ICT poses to realizing that potential.

EPA's SMM Electronics Challenge

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge "encourages electronics manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to strive to send 100 percent of the used electronics they collect from the public, businesses and within their own organizations to third-party certified electronics refurbishers and recyclers." ICT companies have performed well in the Challenge. Dell, LG, Samsung all received top recognition.

How Long Do We Keep Our Devices?

It is difficult to get reliable data on how long we hold onto the 24 billion edge devices attached to the global ICT infrastructure. Diverse device types and cultural practices complicate the issue. So do changing purchase and lease plans. Here is our latest calculation on the average in-service life of a mobile device.

Global Green ICT Update: Europe

Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2017

TCO Developement offers A Guide to Sustainable IT Purchasing with TCO Certified. The TCO Certified program is Euro-centric, but anyone seeking to improve their Green ICT purchasing can use this comprehensive approach. The Guide offers thirteen "Leading Edge Sustainability Criteria", eight points of verification, and a three-phase purchasing process.

Greening the Media Industry

Electronic media infrastructures and gear are important components of global ICT as movies, television, music, and books all go digital. This post offers a global sampling of sustainability in e-media. We just added albert - a UK entertainment industry initiative.

After you have finished with this post, see more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.

Green ICT in Government

Government entities have an important role to play in encouraging sustainable ICT across all industries. Effective leadership requires internal implementation, as well. The tag at the top of this post - 'government' - helps you easily locate posts containing opportunities for and applications of Green ICT in government operations. (Green ICT in public education is found through the 'education' tag.) We note briefer items in this post, but haven't updated it recently. An email from TCO Certified reminded us that municipalities continue to pursue Green ICT purchasing.

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