SERI is proud to be a sponsor of The E-Waste Academy as part of our mission to “create a world where electronic products are reused and recycled in a way that promotes resource preservation; the well-being of the natural environment; and the health and safety of workers and communities.”
The E-waste Academy is a collaborative effort to build capacity in regions of the world that lack access to sustainable electronics reuse and recycling options. This is done through partnerships, technology sharing and educational opportunities that effectively address the policy, technology, economic and social-aspects related to e-waste. The Academy is organized by the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) operating unit of the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), under the “Solving the E-waste Problem” (StEP) initiative.
The newest addition to the E-Waste Academy program is the Business Boot Camp (BBC) that took place earlier this month in Berlin, Germany. BBC was developed specifically for small entrepreneurs operating existing e-waste related facilities in developing and emerging countries. The purpose of BBC is to foster development of the e-waste management eco-system and support the establishment of environmentally and commercially sound e-waste management solutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. SERI's sponsorship of BBC is part of our continuing effort to improve how electronics are reused and recycled worldwide.
Other programs in the E-waste Academy include the E-waste Academy Managers Edition (EWAM) and the E-Waste Academy - Scientists Edition (EWAS). EWAM, which focuses on policy development and e-waste system design, provides policy-makers, government officials and representatives of small enterprises in e-waste refurbishment and recycling a platform for open discussions and exchange of best practices and expert feedback. EWAS brings together young researchers from around the world that are working to solve the e-waste problem from different disciplinary perspectives. EWAS targets doctoral candidates to develop key skills for young researchers and create a global network of e-waste scholars.
Solving the complex issues associated with used and end-of-life electronics is a global problem that requires a comprehensive approach that addresses not only environmental and health and safety concerns, but also effectively addresses the social, geographic, political and economic barriers that exist. Partnering with the E-waste Academy and others who share SERI’s goals will accelerate capacity building and continue to raise the bar for safe and sustainable management of used electronics worldwide.