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The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) is dedicated to the development and implementation of a more sustainable system for designing, producing, reusing, remanufacturing, and recycling electronic devices.

SEI is a project of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). ISTC is a Division of the Prairie Research Institute on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. SEI is geared toward integrating principles of sustainability into the curricula and educational experiences of engineers, industrial designers, computer scientists and others involved in the design, manufacture, consumption, and end-of-life management of electronic products. With its location on the UIUC campus, SEI is well positioned to work with the academic community to address electronic product life cycle issues and sustainability, as well as to involve students in such considerations via internships and research projects. SEI facilitates networking and information sharing among educators around the world who are interested in incorporating sustainability into their curricula via resources shared on the SEI web site; webinars; case studies and experiences shared in the SEI Blog; and assistance for educators in finding relevant information related to sustainable electronics and sustainability for education. SEI also supports public education through fact sheets, videos, blog posts and resource compilations intended to assist consumers in understanding the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding electronic products. Industry education is supported through research; webinars; and online resources on best practices, compliance, and other issues.

For additional information on educational opportunities, resources for educators, or to suggest a subject to feature in a SEI webinar, fact sheet, or other web resource, contact Joy Scrogum.

Established in 2009, SEI was originally conceived as a consortium with members including representatives of academia, non-profit organizations, government agencies, manufacturers, designers, refurbishers and recyclers. Specific elements envisioned for the SEI included programs for research, education, data management and technical assistance. The original purpose of SEI was to conduct collaborative research; facilitate networking and information exchange among participants; promote technology diffusion via demonstration projects; and provide forums for the discussion of policy and legislation. For more information on the original concepts behind SEI, see Strategies for Improving the Sustainability of E-Waste Management Systems, prepared by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS DESIGN

    I am an industry analyst working on a project to quantify the tradeoffs necessary to design and build sustainable electronics products.

    Anybody care to comment on the following generic questions:
    1. How does the systems design process change when sustainability is a criteria?
    2. Today, what priority is given to sustainable attributes compared to product performance, customer satisfaction and/or product cost?
    3. What changes would need to occur to make sustainability the top priority in system design?
    4. Sustainability covers the lifecycle of a product from raw materials extraction to end of first life, then repeats. What sustainable attribute is the most difficult to achieve?
    5. What is the primary driver making sustainability a product design element today?

    You can, if you prefer, email a reply to bob.boggio@pikeresearch.com

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