ERI Founder John Shegerian Joins “e-waste Tsunami” Design and Policy Panel at Parsons School of Design

NEW YORK--()--John Shegerian, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste, will join a group of noted design and sustainability experts this Friday for e-waste Tsunami: Design & Policy Response—A Panel Discussion at the New School’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center on Friday, March 11, 6-8 p.m.

“How can industrial design, which plays a major role in creating this problem, be part of its solution? This is what we’ll be discussing.”

The panel brings together designers, policy experts, and supply-chain participants to raise awareness on e-waste and imagine best practice scenarios for its disposal. Panelists include Shegerian; Shaun Fynn, CEO and creative director of Studio Fynn; Amita Singh, CFO and director of quantitative research at Studio Fynn; and Prasad Boradkar, professor of industrial design and senior sustainability scholar at Arizona State University. The discussion will feature an introduction by Brian McGrath, Dean, Parsons School of Constructed Environments and will be moderated by Rama Chorpash, Director MFA Industrial Design, Parsons School of Constructed Environments.

As part of a cross-divisional team led by the new MFA Industrial Design Program, the panel aims to expand awareness for the exponentially growing problem of e-waste, especially in India and China. The panel brings together designers, policy experts, and supply-chain participants to raise e-waste awareness and imagine best practice scenarios.

The intended audiences for the panel include those who are involved in the design and manufacture of consumer and electronic products, as well as those concerned with the broader environmental and social issues around manufactured goods and consumerism. This will be of interest to anyone who wishes to expand their view on the eco systems around the products of technology we consume today.

This panel coincides with the e-waste Tsunami exhibition and workshops running in Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries. The show articulates impacts of environmental policy and sustainability management through photography and data visualization. The exhibition features documentary photographs and video interviews of individuals from Delhi, India who work with e-waste on a daily basis, a film exploring the experience of the industrialized landscape of the e-waste worker, along with data visualizations revealing the scale of the problem by New York and Los Angeles based StudioFYNN. Real data and “exploded view” models by MFA Industrial Design students explore the nature of product manufacture and assembly.

“Understanding the interrelation of the ecosystems is key to the design of new products and services that will address and alleviate the e-waste problem,” said Chorpash. “How can industrial design, which plays a major role in creating this problem, be part of its solution? This is what we’ll be discussing.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to have been asked to participate in this important discussion alongside such knowledgeable and insightful co-panelists,” said Shegerian. “That the New School Parsons faculty is bringing these issues up in its design center, galleries, classrooms and at events such as this is a huge step in the right direction. Source reduction, responsible recycling and reuse and reusability are themes we look forward to discussing and are all vitally important for our future leaders to be aware of, as we move forward with future innovations in and demand for consumer technology. The bottom line to all this is responsibility at each stage of an electronic item’s lifecycle, from design and manufacture to recycling.”

The exhibition and panel discussion are co-sponsored by the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and the India China Institute at The New School. In-kind support for printing generously provided by Duggal.

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Electronic Recyclers International (ERI), the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is e-Stewards and R2 certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC) is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governors Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information, visit the SJDC’s website.

Parsons School of Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, visit Parsons website.

Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence. For more information, visit The New School's website.


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A panel of design, policy and recycling experts will discuss best-practice scenarios for e-waste disposal at this special New School event.

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