Jun 22, 2012 - Claremont, Calif. - Harvey Mudd College bestowed its Green Engineering Award upon a startup electronics recycling company on June 14, during the Annual TechAmerica Orange County High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Harvey Mudd College bestowed its Green Engineering Award upon a startup electronics recycling company on June 14, during the Annual TechAmerica Orange County High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The award honors achievement in environmental practices in the design, production, distribution or utilization of electronics by a firm in Orange County and/or the Inland Empire, particularly those that have made a significant contribution in the area of “green” engineering or sustainability.
Green Box Electronic Recyclers, Inc. was recognized for creating a convenient way for consumers and businesses to recycle electronic waste.
“We are excited, honored, flattered and humbled to be this year's winner,” said Greenbox CEO and founder Matt Miller. “Receiving this award has encouraged soaring company morale and an energized confidence that the Green Box team is improving our world. Our greatest appreciation and utmost gratitude goes to Harvey Mudd College, TechAmerica, and the entire Green Box crew.”
Green Box prevents the illegal dumping of electronic waste by providing a convenient way for residents and businesses in Orange County, Calif. to drop off their e-waste for recycling. The Santa Ana-based firm created 6-by-5-foot boxes that can be placed around cities to allow people to dump their old electronics anytime for free. The company also accepts drop-offs at its Santa Ana “de-manufacturing” facility, offers pickup service to local businesses, and helps with community collection events.
“They have simplified the recycling process. Instead of having to store electronics until a community collection day, or drive out of their way to find a recycling center, consumers can just drop their discards into one of the green boxes, “ said computer science Professor Geoff Kuenning, who served on the 2012 HMC Green Engineering Award Committee. “We felt that the company has the opportunity to have a visible impact on the problem of electronic waste. Several of us commented that we would be likely to use the service ourselves.”
The Harvey Mudd College Green Engineering Award Committee included Kuenning, engineering Professor David Harris, students Laurie Egan ’12, Ozzie Gooen ’12 and Dustin Zubke ’13 and Director of Corporate Relations Barry Olsan.
Established in 2008, the Green Engineering Award was sponsored this year by Mavenlink, LLC, and Stephen LaCount P07, an Irvine-based lawyer. Mavenlink’s CEO, Ray Grainger ’88, serves as an HMC trustee and chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee. LaCount is an avid HMC supporter and parent of 2007 biology graduate Lauren LaCount.
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