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Environment Groups and Industry Join to Endorse Second Edition of "Gold Standard"
On the occasion of this week's launch of the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment: Version 2.0, leading environmental groups have joined hands with industry to remind corporations and consumers alike that there is a safe, secure and accountable way to recycle old electronics by using e-Stewards® Certified Recyclers.
Wells Fargo, Staples, Bank of America, and Alcoa and environmental groups Greenpeace, and the Natural Resources Defense Council were among those strongly endorsing the exclusive use of e-Stewards recyclers in order to ensure that toxic electronic wastes will not simply be exported to developing countries, processed with child or prison labor, or dumped in solid waste landfills. No other recycling standard can make this claim. The new version of the standard gains particularly high marks for its enhanced measures to protect private data on digital memory, something extremely important to large enterprise companies.
"Version 2.0 of the e-Stewards certification standard sets a new and very high bar for data security, ensuring globally responsible electronic waste management," said Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Staples. "Staples works hard to completely protect our customers' data throughout the asset management process, and therefore strongly embraces the e-Stewards standard."
Kevin McKnight, Alcoa's Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer noted that, "Alcoa is a proud e-Stewards Enterprise company that encourages responsible consumer electronics recycling. This program helps us capture and extend the value of aluminum, an infinitely recyclable material that is critical to the production of high-tech consumer electronics."
"The e-Stewards Enterprise program is a rigorous standard that provides third-party verification making it easy for us to demonstrate that our electronic waste management standards are responsible and align with best practices," said Stephanie Rico, vice president of Environmental Affairs for Wells Fargo.
"We strongly endorse using e-Stewards Certified recyclers and refurbishers for any obsolete electronic equipment," said Gary Cook, Greenpeace Senior IT Analyst. "Using e-Stewards Certified Recyclers can assure that your old TV or phone will not end up being thrown into the local landfill, or harming human health and the environment in the developing world."
"No matter where you take your e-waste --to collection events, recyclers, or take-back programs --you should make sure that 100% of your electronic equipment goes only to e-Stewards Recyclers," said Allen Hershkowitz of the Natural Resource Defense Council. "It's the best way to protect the global ecosystem and human health when it comes to electronics recycling."
Currently, support for using e-Stewards recyclers is surging with an increasing number of companies and citizens recognizing that the export of toxic e-waste is bad policy and bad for US recycling jobs. Over 75 major corporations and cities support e-Stewards, and 70 environmental groups worldwide.
Currently consumers and enterprises can choose from over 126 e-Stewards e-Stewards certified recycling facilities with 88 more coming within a few months. In addition Staples has agreed to accept e-waste dropped off at one of its more than 1,500 retail locations in the US for free, and deliver it only to an e-Stewards Certified recycler.
To learn more about the e-Stewards Certification program or to find an e-Stewards Recycler visit: www.e-Stewards.org.
iLuv Creative Technology Wins Two Product Design Awards
iLuv Creative Technology, the premier
provider of the most comprehensive line of accessories for the mobile
lifestyle, announced it has won two iF product design awards. For 60
years, the iF product design award has been an internationally recognized label
for award-winning design and has become a symbol for outstanding achievements
in design technology. Today, iF is represented worldwide, in places like Hannover
and Munich (Germany), Taiwan, Korea, Poland, Turkey and Brazil. The jury,
comprised of a group of international design experts, considered criteria such
as design quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation,
environmental impact, and functionality to determine the recipients of this
"We constantly strive to create premium quality products that are innovative in design," said Felix Kim, Sr. Manager of Business Development at iLuv. "We are very pleased to have earned this recognition from the iF design awards panel, which includes some of the world's most prestigious designers. We will continue to deliver products that are truly innovative and inspire consumers while also adding value to their mobile lifestyle."
iLuv's award winning products include the new MultiCharger-X and the family of Audio/Charging Cables
* MultiCharger-X (iAD910)
MultiCharger-X combines the best of form and function. This 10-bay multi-charger for the iPad was built with a minimalistic exterior to better match the Apple devices it was designed to work with. MutiCharger-X was created with the end user in mind, namely schools, IT managers and even tech novices. It has rounded corners for safety, handles and attachable wheels for portability, and a locking door for security. It also features individual LED lights that indicate when each device has finished charging. MultiCharger-X can even be daisy-chained to two additional units to expand the number of devices that it can sync at once with a single MacBook. It allows users to sync data, menus and updates across multiple iPad devices simultaneously, making it an ideal tool to help you manage your high-tech investments.
* Audio/Charging Cables (iCB19, iCB13, iCB27, iCB17, iCB55, iCB21, iCB360, iCB117, iCB110, iCB112)
iLuv's cables were designed to accommodate a range of uses in different environments. Each cable was built with a double-shielded structure to increase durability while functionally minimizing signal loss for high acoustic performance. The connectors themselves were uniquely designed with two different materials of varying hardness for durability and a compact form factor. The cable neck was also designed to be internal for a clean aesthetic. As a family these cables share a consistent design language.
As iF design award winners, the MultiCharger-X and the family of Audio/Charging Cables will be featured in top-class exhibitions worldwide where iLuv's designs will be seen by an audience of over 9.4 million. iLuv will also be honored at an awards ceremony on February 22, 2013 at BMW World in Munich.
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EPA Report Show PCB Dredging is Improving Hudson River Water QualityAs General Electric wraps up its Hudson River dredging project for the year, an EPA report shows the process is effectively removing toxic PCB pollution from the riverbed and highlights the need to expand the scope when it resumes next year, in order to capture large pockets of contamination that are currently not slated for cleanup.The EPA announcement went on to say that the corporation has made significant progress in cleaning up toxic PCB chemicals in a portion of the Hudson River, after dumping the pollution decades ago.
In 2013, the project enters a phase of less thorough, more confined removal of PCBs, so critical planning would have to happen this winter to enhance the initiative and ensure that large amounts of toxins are not left behind. For these reasons, Clearwater, Riverkeeper, Natural Resources Defense Council and Scenic Hudson, along with community leaders and businesses, are urging GE not to miss this opportunity and are calling for a smart project expansion that would capture this missed pollution.
Thus far, GE has limited its participation in the cleanup to the areas covered by the original cleanup plan despite reports the very high-level PCB sediments left behind will delay or forestall the river's recovery. Environmental and community groups are calling on the corporation to broaden the good work it has begun in the Hudson while it's still in the water dredging. Doing so while all of the cleanup infrastructure is in place, is the most efficient and logical way to address a substantial pollution hazard.
The cleanup area also affects a vital shipping corridor that for decades has been impossible to dig out for deep-draft shipping due to GE's pollution. Several waterfront communities and organizations, including a group of all of the local elected leaders in a three-county area, are asking the EPA and GE to include removal of contaminated sediment in the navigation channel as part of the ongoing cleanup. Under the current remediation design, navigability will not be restored and opportunities for major economic revitalization will stall or disappear.
If the shipping channel is opened, economically hurting communities in the cleanup area could be magnets for new investments that have been projected to create up to 4,000 jobs and $150 million in wages. For example, a recently proposed major barge terminal is on hold due to the lack of a navigable shipping channel. Also, huge opportunities to grow the region's strong agricultural economy by shipping products to New York City's network of greenmarkets are being held back. These and other job-creating initiatives can't proceed without including navigational dredging in future seasons of dredging.
AT&T expands Mobile Wireless Capacity In Sullivan County
Customers in Sullivan County are expected to experience improved mobile Internet coverage and voice performance as a result of continued investment and innovation by AT&T. The company has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to enhance the wireless capacity and performance of its mobile Internet network throughout areas of Monticello, Livingston Manor, Fallsburg, Wurtstboro, Eldred, Glen Spey, Parksville, Narrowsburg, Cochecton and along Routes 17, 209 and 52.
The network enhancement adds new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to cell sites in Sullivan County to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase mobile broadband capacity. The expansion helps manage ever-growing demand for mobile Internet services by allocating more network resources for AT&T's mobile internet network.
AT&T''s nvestment has resulted in the nation's largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more customers. AT&T's HSPA+ network enables mobile Internet speeds up to four times faster than 3G technologies.
Over the past five years, AT&T invested more than $115 billion into operations and into acquiring spectrum and other assets that have enhanced our wireless and wired networks. Since 2007, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company. In a July 2012 report, the Progressive Policy Institute ranked AT&T No. 1 on its list of U.S. "Investment Heroes."
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