2012 International E-Waste Design Competition Announced

e-waste competition logoThe Sustainable Electronics Initiative has announced the 2012 International E-Waste Design Competition. Registration is free and open to current and recent college and university students, from any discipline, throughout the world. Participants submit ideas on products or services that will either prevent the generation of e-waste by prolonging the useful life of electronic products, or that reuse e-waste components in a new product. Entries include, among other components, a brief YouTube video describing the proposed product or service. Registration opens September 1, 2012. For full details, see the announcement on the Sustainable Electronics Initiative Blog.

As part of its continuing partnership with the Sustainable Electronics Initiative, GLRPPR will be co-hosting a series of webinars focused on sustainable electronics research and issues in Fall 2012. Look for more information on the presenters here in the GLRPPR Blog in late August, and check the GLRPPR Calendar for the webinars, as scheduling is confirmed.

Documents Recently Added to Sector Resources

These publications were recently added to GLRPPR’s Sector Resources. This list is continuously updated on the web and is also available as an RSS feed.

ACUPCC Five Year Report
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:58:49 GMT
The report quantifies the progress the agreement between nearly 700 colleges and universities to promote sustainability through teaching and action. These actions includes reducing carbon emissions on their campuses; deploying sustainable practices; revising their curriculums and cultures to raise awareness of sustainability in students and graduates; sponsoring research and developing best case practices; and engaging local economies and communities.

Annual Energy Outlook 2012
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:13:03 GMT
he projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) Annual Energy Outlook 2012 (AEO2012) focus on the factors that shape the U.S. energy system over the long term. Under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain unchanged throughout the projections, the AEO2012 Reference case provides the basis for examination and discussion of energy production, consumption, technology, and market trends and the direction they may take in the future. It also serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in energy policies. But AEO2012 is not limited to the Reference case. It also includes 29 alternative cases (see Appendix E, Table E1), which explore important areas of uncertainty for markets, technologies, and policies in the U.S. energy economy. Many of the implications of the alternative cases are discussed in the “Issues in focus” section of this report.

P2 Pathways
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 21:10:02 GMT
P2 Pathways is a monthly column written by contributors affiliated with the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx). Topics vary each month.

Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts of LED Lighting: Products Part I: Review of the Life-Cycle Energy Consumption of Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent, and LED Lamps
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:43:46 GMT
This report provides a comparison of the total life-cycle energy consumed by LED and other lamp types based on existing life-cycle assessment (LCA) literature.

Life-Cycle Assessment of Energy and Environmental Impacts of LED Lighting Products: Part 2: LED Manufacturing and Performance
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:35:16 GMT
This study develops a conservative LCA method for considering both the direct and indirect material and process inputs to fabricate, ship, operate and dispose of LED products in 2012 and estimated for 2017. An LCA comparison to an incandescent lamp and a compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) is provided.

Sustainable Packaging: Threat or Opportunity?
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:41:58 GMT
Under constant pressure from government, the media, customers and consumers, the packaging industry is increasingly being forced to consider how its products can be made more sustainable. Faced with pressing issues of over capacity, low prices and high raw material costs, should ‘sustainable packaging’ be a top concern for packaging senior executives? Based on in-depth interviews with senior executives from leading packaging companies in Europe, we outline in this report the key challenges and opportunities the issue of ‘sustainable packaging’ raises for leaders in the industry.

Three Decades and Counting: A Historical Review and Current Assessment of Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Activity in the States
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:28:21 GMT
Providing programs to electric utility customers to reduce their energy use through improved energy efficiency is an innovation with roots in the energy crises of the 1970s. The concept that energy utilities should substitute electricity savings in new and existing end-uses for more costly alternative sources of electricity was a radical departure from the regulatory and business models established and followed by energy utilities since their inception in the early part of the 20th century. From these early roots, energy efficiency programs for electric utility customers have grown rapidly, despite some fluctuations in funding and support. Electric utility restructuring led to a precipitous decline in program funding in the late 1990s. Since then, electric utility energy efficiency programs have grown continuously and rapidly. In 2010, total budgets for these programs were $4.6 billion. Numerous policy and program innovations have occurred to drive such changes and to reach goals established for these programs. Over three decades of experience with these programs have demonstrated their ability to reduce energy use and thereby provide significant economic, environmental, and system benefits. The emergence of energy efficiency as a valuable, cost-effective, and significant energy resource has established the foundation for a new era of energy efficiency, an era marked by continued expansion and innovation.

Lighting the Clean Revolution: The Rise of LEDs and What It Means for Cities
Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:59:11 GMT
The Climate Group’s LightSavers trial concludes that LEDs are now mature enough for scale-up in most outdoor applications, and that LEDs combined with smart controls promise greater savings. Note that Philips Lighting is the report sponsor.

Do What Matters: Lake Friendly Practices and Actions
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:10:51 GMT
Lake Friendly Practices will reduce nutrients and improve water quality to Lake Winnipeg and all waterways. The practices will maximize social, economic and environmental benefits and may have linkages to existing programs.

Unfinished Business: What the Midwest needs to do to Lead in the Clean Energy Economy
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 22:35:49 GMT
This report evaluates regional progress — or shortfalls — in meeting goals put forward by a bipartisan group of Midwestern governors and stakeholders in 2007 and 2009 to turn around the economic prospects of the region by becoming global leaders in the clean energy economy.