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04/11/13
Trends in Technical Careers. 6. Sustainable enterprises
Filed under: Post-docs, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 7:50 am

We might not find too many articles in the WSJ on
this topic of sustainability, as it may not coincide with
the free enterprise mantra of growth. 

Last week I enjoyed attending Paul Anastas’ presentation
at the Saul G. Cohen Award “Designing a Sustainable
Tomorrow
,” where he told stories in a hour presentation
of how the old paradigm that if-we-build-it-they-will-
come chemistry, regardless of unintended
consequences has seen better days.  A new paradigm
is needed with increased population and populations
densities and higher living conditions and expectations.

Are we doing the right thing in biofuels, disinfecting
water, and increasing crop yields with chemistry, without
seriously considering the unintended consequences.

Paul Anastas has spearheaded and inspired a 21st
century doctrine going beyond Green Chemistry that
should motivate how we innovate and develop.  It is
happening in leading companies and institutions, like
SNNI, Oregon State and Yale.

He talked about biomimicry (geckotape), removing
excess packaging,  and deeper understanding of the
cascading problems in the effort to produce things of
long term value, that are renewable, degradable and
healthful.

3 Responses to “Trends in Technical Careers. 6. Sustainable enterprises”

  1. site admin Says:


    C&EN highlighted a sustainable electronics program at
    Purdue and Tuskegee Institute in the 4-1-2013 isssue
    (p. 41) that develops professionals with appropriate skills.

    Program is headed by Carol Handwerker and is part of
    iNEMI comprehensive effort.

    http://www.inemi.org/press-release/inemi-partners-purdue-and-tuskegee-far-reaching-program-create-sustainable-electronics
  2. site admin Says:


    “Nanocomposites” made of natural materials for
    structural applications in casings and circuit boards

    Lignin and soy-based resins for circuit board
    construction to replace petroleum-based resins

    Adhesives from marine organisms for the construction
    and disassembly of electronics

    Green replacements for brominated flame retardants.
  3. site admin Says:


    If you had one message for readers to take away, what
    would that be?
    P ANASTAS
    We need a fundamental shift in thinking about
    environmental issues and health issues. It’s not about
    putting a technological bandage on a problem, it’s about
    what we can create, build, and innovate—making sure
    that when we talk about sustainable design, it’s the
    difference between treating a disease and pursuing
    wellness.
    These issues of health, invention, science and
    engineering go well beyond the EPA. The greatest
    advances and innovation will happen in the halls of the
    companies and universities that are charging ahead to
    achieve environmental, economic goals for the benefit
    of society.

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