One Troy ounce (31 grams) of gold now sells for ~ $1,200 on the open market. The annual production of electronic products worldwide requires > 300 tons of gold and > 7,500 tons of silver, with a combined value of $21 billion. Currently, < 10% of these precious metals are recovered. High prices have encouraged the phenomenon of urban mining, but they don’t begin to cover the cost to human health and the environment. Electronic waste (e-waste) is currently a global predicament but it has a vanishing future. This assessment is based on the convergence of initiatives to intensify research, regulations and remediation efforts at the national and international levels. On October 1st 2013 the landmark Safer Consumer Products Regulations came into effect in the Sate of California. This law aims to eliminate or drastically reduce the levels of toxic chemicals in consumer products, including electronic products that generate the fastest category of hazardous solid waste worldwide. This California law joins similar regulations in Europe and Asia that have addressed the manufacturing of electronic products and the management of e-waste. We will explore case studies from recent research on hazardous chemicals in electronic products to reveal opportunities for research on the health and environmental impacts of e-waste, the convergence of national and international regulations on e-waste management, and for remediation using the principles of green chemistry and alternative assessments to support the strategic Selection of Materials to Achieve Reduced Toxicity (SMART) products and processes.
Speaker Biography - Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dele Ogunseitan, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Public Health and Professor of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
Dele Ogunseitan is Professor of Public Health and Professor of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where he currently serves as Chair of the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention. He is the Director of Research Education, Training and Career Development for the NIH-Funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. He serves on the Board of Directors of the UC Global Health Institute. Dele earned his doctorate in microbiology at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tennessee, and his Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned a certificate in International Health. He received a certificate in Teaching by Case Method at Harvard School of Public Health. He is alumni faculty fellow of the Environment and Natural Resources Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He directed a UC Systemwide program on Research and Education in Green Materials, and he served for three years on the State of California’s Green Ribbon Science Panel, which helped launch the landmark Safer Consumer Products Law that became effective on October 1st, 2013. In 2014, he was selected as a member of the League of Materials Superheroes by the The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Foundation.
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