IDSA International Conference
Education and Industry: Working Together to Advance the Practice of Sustainable Design
ALEX LOBOS and ADAM MENTER
10:20-10:40 am, Wednesday September 14th
According to the UN Environment Program, 50 million tons of e-waste is created every year. In the US, only a fraction of our e-waste, less than 2 percent, is recycled. As demand for electronics grows, so does the issue of how to appropriately dispose of them. Companies carry the critical responsibility of designing new electronics that minimize, and ultimately eliminate, their environmental impact. Central to the solution is designing and engineering products for durability, disassembly, recycling, repair and upgrade. This session will showcase examples of "designing for product life" that have recently come out of academia and highlight the potential they have to affect future industry design decisions.