Environmental sustainability is evolving into a way of life for todays youth.
Current and soon to be college students have spent the majority of their lives in front of a computer with a cell phone in hand. It seems only natural to emerge future environmentalist into the world of IT asset management and electronics recycling and the detrimental impacts of e-waste.
The University of Illinois will offer an innovative course in 2014 introducing environmental and social impacts connected with technology at each state of a product’s lifecycle. Students will research asset management, design for disassembly, manufacturing, consumption, reyclcing and recovery.
During the course of the class, mobile and electronics devices will be utilized to study the framework for environmental compliance, social obligations and other challenges facing IT asset managers and electronics recyclers today. All part of what we at HOBI and other IT asset management and disposition organizations advocate.
Purdue University’s graduate program has already begun to challenge its students in the field of environmental sustainability with technology with courses observing and solving real world problems. Upon completion, these graduate students will receive a certificate in sustainable electronics.
Two scholars “developed a way to more efficiently disassemble LCD monitors for recycling.”
College scholars immersed in these programs are the future of environmentally sustainable electronics. Graduates will be able to create progressive paths for IT asset management organizations and electronics recyclers as well as educate manufactures in design for disassembly.
The world of electronics mobility has just begun its formation and there is no end in sight.
Note to students: If you have not yet decided on a college major, consider an environmental job. Did you know “green jobs” are under the top seven emerging jobs in the market. With the Obama administration promising to create 5 million green jobs, from sales to nonprofit and government, this is the opportune time to ride the green wave.