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SEI Newsletter | October 2010

This Issue

Tim Lindsey Moving on After 19 Years

Dr. Tim Lindsey is leaving the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) to take another job with the University of Illinois.  Dr. Lindsey has been part of the ISTC for 19 years and most recently served as an Associate Director of ISTC and head of the Technical Assistance Program.

He now will be the Director of Energy and Sustainable Business Programs at the U of I – Business Innovation Services (BIS).  He will lead the State’s Green Jobs Initiative and will also direct the State’s efforts to create a stronger local foods industry. Business Innovation Services (BIS) provides customized consulting and training services, as well as public workshops and certificate programs.

SEI at the International Computer Refurbisher Summit (ICRS)

Aida Sefic Williams, Process Engineer at the ISTC and SEI, presented at this year's International Computer Refurbisher Summit, held in Chicago Oct. 19-20, 2010. This series of computer refurbishers conferences have been held in rotating cities around the U.S. over the past six years, providing an opportunity for people working in the computer reuse and recycling field to meet each other, learn about new developments in the field and discuss the best practices of some of the top refurbishers in the filed. Williams' presentation discussed current and pending federal and state ewaste-relataed laws within the United States. The presentation was well-received and is available online.

Proposed E-Waste Export Ban

On Sept. 29, 2010, Rep. Raymond Green (TX) and Rep. Mike Thompson (CA) proposed HR 6252, also known as the "Responsible Electronics Recycling Act of 2010". The goal of the proposed legislation is to prevent the export of restricted electronic waste from the US into developing nations. However, the export of the following electronics is allowed:

  • Non-hazardous or tested electronic prod cuts (refurbished electronics)
  • Products under warranty sent to manufacturing facility
  • Recalled parts and products
  • Crushed CRT glass cullet that will be used in CRT glass manufacturing

For more information and details about the proposed legislation, the document is available online.

Symposium Sponsors

The SEI and ISTC are looking for sponsors for the Second Annual Electronics and Sustainability Symposium scheduled for March 23-24, 2011. Sponsorships can be made in amounts varying from $500 to $5,000. We are looking to expand next year's program and develop further networking and collaborative opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Aida Sefic Williams at 217-333-4562 or

Vote for the INRS Expo

The Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability (INRS) is planning another exciting Naturally Illinois Expo. This event is a great opportunity to learn about science and the natural resources of Illinois through the work of the INRS State Scientific Surveys. Last year, the Expo included fifty exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities of interest to the public, teachers, and students of all levels. The event allows Champaign-Urbana community members as well as residents from around the state to interact with scientists who work on cutting-edge research and solutions to water, energy, ecosystem, mineral resource, natural hazard, climate, cultural resource, and technology issues.

To continue the event, the INRS has applied for a Pepsi Refresh grant. In order to win award money, we need you to help vote for the project by following these steps:

Vote often! Since only the top 10 projects are awarded prize money, your votes are needed as much as possible. You can vote every day for at most 10 projects. Please relay this information to friends and family interested in promoting science education. Thank you for the help and support!

Become a Member of the SEI!

The Sustainable Electronics Initiative (SEI) offers Corporate and Individual Memberships! Join the SEI and work together with us to research and find solutions to the e-waste problem.

Call for Papers

The Second Annual Electronics and Sustainability Symposium is scheduled on March 23-24, 2011. Industry and academic practitioners are encouraged to submit abstracts of their recent research, projects, and design thinking for presentation, publication, or both. The Call for Papers for a paper, presentation, panel discussion, or poster is available online and should be returned to Aida Sefic Williams at

Sustainable Electronics Initiative
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
1 Hazelwood Dr
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-8940
Fax: 217-333-8944
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