Sustainability Programs Spring into Action

I am thrilled to assume responsibility for Dell’s sustainability programs and very much look forward to carrying on this important work for our customers, our company and our planet. While I have been part of Dell’s green efforts for a number of years, I have just taken on this new role in recent weeks and can see the passion and momentum up close in a different way it touches stakeholders. My goal is to put an even greater strategic lens on how to continue our leadership in these critical areas like greener more efficient products, climate, packaging and recycling.

We very much appreciate the help we’re receiving from the community. Earlier this week, we held a CAP Days event (#DellCAP) in Round Rock on sustainability where leading bloggers, experts, and customers passionate about green topics shared their points of view with us. Extremely valuable to me personally and to our team. Here’s a couple of pictures. You can view all other photos from the #DellCAP Day Sustainability event on the Dell Flickr channel.

DellCAP Sustainabiity Event - March 2011

#DellCAP Photos and videos by Austin-based


Graphic recordings by Bold Muse Creative

Next week, we’re looking forward to being part of the annual Fortune Brainstorm Green (#Fortunegreen) conference in California, where environmental and industry leaders gather to discuss progress and new ways to address continuing and new issues in sustainability. We encourage you to be part of the Fortune Brainstorm Green event virtually, by registering here. My colleagues Trisa Thompson and Oliver Campbell are both on panels discussing topics top of mind in the sustainability world. First out is Trisa who joins a panel discussion on the New Economics of Land—how can companies like Dell, and others through technology and community outreach contribute to reducing energy, reducing paper and perhaps even reducing the need to build out space. Later Wednesday morning, our packaging guru, Oliver Campbell will provide an update on the latest initiatives around sustainable packaging. He and his team have been innovating in this area and delivered great green value to our sustainability portfolio.

I hope you’ll continue with us on this journey…we have made a lot of progress around sustainability yet we have a long way to go. I look forward to the conversation.

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About the Author: David Lear

David Lear serves as the Vice President of Dell’s sustainability programs, and works to create long-term stakeholder value and opportunities by integrating economic, social, and environmental responsibility into Dell’s core business strategies. His team engages key stakeholders including customers, NGOs, regulators, industry groups, and agencies to collaborate on global policy and standards development. This includes managing strategic giving and community partnerships that demonstrate the enabling power of technology to drive both business and sustainability outcomes. David joined Dell in 2006 as Director of Product Safety and Environmental Affairs, responsible for the delivery of Dell global product compliance programs. Previously, Lear served in various roles in design and manufacturing in the Test & Measurement industry, where he specialized in the development of product technologies. David holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Missouri State University, and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis.