Experts may argue about what constitutes a "green job" or how many of them currently exist in the U.S. economy, but everyone seems to agree there will be many more of them in the coming decades.
(Source: Rob Reuteman, Special to CNBC.com, Published: Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 8:54 AM ET)
Properly disposing of electronics protects our health, the health of sanitation workers, as well as our planet's health? Take an old computer monitor, for example. On average, just one monitor contains 4 pounds of toxic materials, such as lead, mercury and cadmium. In the past, these materials might have gone to landfills or have been disassembled and burned, posing potential health and environmental threats. Electronic waste is not only one of the fasting growing commodities in the waste stream, but it is also comes with some of the most challenges because of these toxic materials. According to the 2011 Electronics Recycling Industry Survey, more than 3.5 million tons of used electronics were collected and processed in the U.S. in 2010, a 1.7 million ton increase from 2009.
Consistent with the KCTCS Vision to be the nation’s premier community and technical college system, KCTCS is becoming a leader in practices, educational and workforce training opportunities, and community leadership related to sustainable development or sustainability. The most commonly accepted definition of sustainable development is found in the 1987 United Nations’ Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the "Brundtland Report"): "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainability is more than “being green.” Multifaceted, sustainability touches every area of a college. Facilitating cultural change to enhance the well-being of people, sustainability includes improving efficiencies and effectiveness in a socially equitable manner. Implementing sustainable practices demonstrates responsible stewardship of social, economic, and environmental resources. KCTCS sustainability focus is on being “Green+”.