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JUNE 2023 I SMT007 MAGAZINE 53 References 1. "UN report: Time to seize opportunity, tackle challenges of e-waste," UN Environment Pro- gramme, Jan. 24, 2019. 2. ISO 14001 and related standards: Environmen- tal management, 3. "Be in it: Sustainability," CES 2023, topics. 4. "Emission Trends in Electronics Manufactur- ing," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, March 13, 2023. 5. "Advanced Packaging Gets an Additive Upgrade," by Art Wall, Nov. 8, 2023. Art Wall is director of fab operations at NextFlex. manufacturing process and cutting down on the waste associated with them. e introduction of additive processes into our regular electronics manufacturing pro- cesses is only one step in making the electron- ics industry more sustainable. When com- bined with the implementation of standards such as ISO 14001, we see the industry moving in the right direction. To become truly sustain- able, we need to continue coming together as professionals to find innovative ways of elimi- nating waste associated with electronics man- ufacturing while providing the complex prod- ucts today's consumers anticipate. SMT007 SMTA: Sustainability at the Local Level SMTA supports sustainable manufacturing practices through educational programs, local chapter activities, and special events. Here are three examples: • The long-standing Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials, co-organized with the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) at the University of Maryland, has addressed lifecycle issues as it relates to the threat of counterfeits for over 15 years. The next event is scheduled for June 27–29, 2023 in College Park, Maryland, with several presentations touching on sustainability. • The 2021 Women's Leadership Program Keynote featured Gayle Schueller, PhD, senior VP and chief sustainability officer for 3M Innovation and Stewardship. • In 2020 SMTA co-hosted a webinar with iNEMI titled, "Quantifying Life Cycle Impacts for Infor- mation and Communications Technology (ICT) Products—A Simpler Approach" featuring insights from Tom Okrasinski, senior manager of the Product Environmental Engineering Group at Nokia Bell Labs' Chief Technology Office. Lean manufacturing is another topic that has sus- tainability at its core. SMTA offers Lean Six Sigma certification courses in partnership with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. This program is led by Dr. Ron Lasky with online and in-person options available. Dr. Lasky is co-presenting a three-part webinar series titled, "Solving Real-Life Problems Using the Tools of Lean Six Sigma," along with Jim Hall, ITM Consulting, who has instructed the SMT Processes Certification program since its inception in 2002. The first session of the webinar series kicked off on May 31; the second and third ses- sions are scheduled for June 7 and June 21, respec- tively. This webinar series is a joint effort by several local chapters as well as the Students and Young Professionals committee. SMTA empowers members to educate themselves on these important topics and more through partic- ipation in the programs like those previously men- tioned, as well as through exclusive access to techni- cal papers and archived webinars posted in the SMTA Knowledge Base. Over the years, SMTA has con- ducted numerous programs educating members about lean practices, environmental protocols, prod- uct lifecycle, and other ways to reduce environmen- tal impact through controlled processes and manu- facturing best practices and will continue to support these efforts into the future.

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