Management's Green Footprint

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Jacob
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Re: Green Movement
Jacob   12/4/2012 3:21:33 AM
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Art, again recycled usage of components and devices are very unhealthy especially when it handled by public. I personally feel that “Green movements” won’t limit to recycling the wastage or products. It can extend the visibility to other areas like using as much of natural lighting sources and power generations, minimizing the usage of paper, creating more ecco friendly working atmosphere etc.

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Re: It's Ironic
pocharle   11/28/2012 12:43:16 PM
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Rich,

Greed is always the enemy. When we humans can learn the art of humility, then we can get to the point where people are beneath profits.

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Re: power of the people
Art Figueroa   11/28/2012 12:07:38 PM
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@Bolaji Ojo: At Smith, we recognize that there is tremendous interest and innovative ideas from our employees, and that is how our  self-directed Smith Sustainability Group (SSG) came into existence. As you rightly point out, corporate sustainability is not a top-down event, it is best formulated, engaged, and successful when it involves the entire organization - from ideas to planning to meeting goals. As such, SSG is tasked with setting Smith's environmental goals (rather than having these goals imposed from above), building green education and awareness for employees, and implementing programs that encourage employees to take sustainable action. As part of this, SSG developed Smith's Green Bag Lunch Series, available to Smith employees, which launched in October 2012. The most recent speaker was Houston Sustainability Manager, Lisa Lin, who spoke on various sustainability issues and green events in Houston.

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Re: It's Ironic
Bolaji Ojo   11/28/2012 6:31:23 AM
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Then we're back in the climate of men-behaving-badly-because-they-can, aren't we? I grew up in a place like that and the mayhem that's resulted from everyone looking out only for themselves is crippling. I left. I don't believe we've reached that level here but isn't that also why we are better than those who would either live a lawless life or flout the law wconvinced there are no repercussions?

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Re: power of the people
Bolaji Ojo   11/27/2012 9:23:09 PM
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Art, The people who are very likely to doubt the importance or embrace efforts to limit the impact of our discarded products on the environment include engineers and other professionals. A company cannot mandate that people believe in global warming, for instance, or force them to recycle if they don't see value in it. How do you get employees to embrace this without sounding like a tyrannical boss?

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Re: It's Ironic
Bolaji Ojo   11/27/2012 9:20:34 PM
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I suggest baby steps. Like convincing folks, including engineers and other well educated folks that man is leaving negative imprints on the environment or that global warming exists!

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Re: It's Ironic
Art Figueroa   11/27/2012 4:48:45 PM
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@Rich Krajewski: Small steps toward environmental change can have a big impact. The first step is awareness and making the environment a priority. Our movement started with a goal to be an energy-neutral, zero-waste company. Although we have not yet reached our goal, incremental progress is our path forward and feels like a win for Smith and for the environment. Technology is always evolving with newer, faster products constantly being introduced into the market, but there are steps we can take in addition to recycling to handle technological growth and advancement in an environmentally responsible manner. For example, Smith offers services to our customers for IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) that take important steps to avert EOL product from being sent to landfills or falling into the hands of counterfeiters. Practices like these, in combination with recycling and waste diversion efforts (such as e-Stewards Recyclers), are gaining the momentum needed to change the way our industry thinks about EOL product and disposal.

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Re: Green Movement
Art Figueroa   11/27/2012 4:44:13 PM
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@Jacob: As more and more companies within the electronics industry seek partners with similar green values, the importance of organizations who rate and validate these key partners will, in turn, become increasingly valuable. As an e-Steward, Smith & Associates agrees to always make best efforts to work with e-Stewards Recyclers, ensuring that we don't contribute to the global toxic waste crisis. E-Stewards Recyclers undergo a professional audit every year to guarantee they do not export hazardous recycling byproducts to developing countries, use U.S. prison labor, or dump in municipal landfills. E-Stewards Recyclers also ensure that private data is kept secure, and that their operations protect both workers and the environment.

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Re: power of the people
Art Figueroa   11/27/2012 4:39:39 PM
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@FLYINGSCOT: Employee buy-in is extremely valuable when changing corporate values surrounding the environment. Smith's greenovation was driven by an internal committee called the Smith Sustainability Group (SSG). The committee's objective was to educate employees and build awareness surrounding Smith's environmental goals and then encourage employees to take action. This group helped Smith identify and implement environmentally efficient and sustainable innovations that have ultimately transformed Smith's internal culture.

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Green Movement
Jacob   11/26/2012 2:19:54 AM
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Figueroa, there is no doubt that companies has to move towards more ecco friendly operation and to save our natural resources. Now a day's based on such operations, there are some agencies, which will rate the company like, Diamond, Platinum, Gold etc.

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