1. PART II
    Controlling idea statement
    Evaluating the four topics I select academic subject.
    Personal interest: Electronics and Electricals
    Academic subject: E-waste
    Possible academic topic: level of awareness on e-waste disposal.
    Idea Statement
    To investigate the level awareness on e-waste disposal in Columbia Southern University
    PART III
    Short proposal
    Waste of Electrical and Electronic gadgets is described as e-waste in general, or Electronic waste is definite in diverse ways by different researchers. (Davis at el, 2008) And electronic waste guides (2009) define e-waste as obsolete, end-of-life or discarded appliances that use electricity. On the other hand, (Peralta at el 2005) establish e-waste as “electronic products that no longer please the requirements of the original purchase”. The term e-waste comprises computers and their peripherals, fridges, consumer electronics, etc. that have been disposed of off by immediate users. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 50 million tones of electronic waste are produced each year and that only 15-20% is recycled worldwide, and the rest goes to the landfills and incinerators (EPA 2011). Proper disposals or reuse of electronic waste can prevent health problems, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In many countries worldwide, the level of awareness has not improved recently. Which point out the need for creating awareness and provision of incentives to the growing population in Columbia Southern University?
    Research proposal.
    Waste of Electronic and Electrical gadgets is described as e-waste, or Electronic waste is distinct in diverse ways by different researchers. (Bwalya et al., 2012) And electronic waste guides (2009) define e-waste as obsolete, end-of-life or discarded appliances that use electricity. On the other hand, (Pauli, 2010) describe e-waste as “electronic gadgets that no longer suit the requirements of the innovative purchase”. The term e-waste comprises computers and their peripherals, fridges, consumer electronics, etc. that have been predisposed off by firsthand users. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 50 million tones of electronic waste are produced each year and that only 15-20% is recycled worldwide, and the rest goes to the landfills and incinerators (Hester 2011). Proper disposals or reuse of electronic waste can prevent health problems, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In many countries worldwide, the level of awareness has not improved recently. Which point out the need for creating awareness and provision of incentives to the growing population in Columbia Southern University?
    Purpose Statement
    This study will try to ascertain how sustainable electronic waste is disposed of and its significant harm on human wellbeing and the environment.
    Columbia Southern University has in the recent years invested in university sustainable task force, which has advocated going beyond energy consumption beyond greenhouse gas reduction and resource conservation. Over the last few years, Columbia Southern university has been characterized by increased population and technological advances. As a result, these electronics pile up as wastes in various institution departments, students hostiles, and staff residents as during their homes. While others are carelessly disposed off in various unregulated area inform of garbage or donation to the developing nations (Friis, 2012).
    The university has put into place sustainability measures by committing to a long-term sustainable goal. The university is openly challenging some of misperceptions involved in sustainability activities such the initiatives are too complicated and costly to implement (Dornfeld et al. 2012). However, these very initiatives seem not to be efficient and effective due to inadequate technology used and limited effort to manage the e-waste. Also, most Columbia Southern university community is not conscious of the already existing structural measures involved in disposal and handling of electronic waste. There also seem to be insufficient knowledge on how to efficiently handle and sustainably manage electronic waste disposal within the University.
    The rationale of the study consequently is to examine the level of awareness on sustainable electronic waste management and disposal within Southern Columbia University.
    Statement qualification
    Despite the sustainable task force structures in place, there is still a gap in knowledge and awareness among the Columbia Southern University community on the issues of electronic waste disposal and management. The result of this research will help in designing awareness programs for addressing this concern more efficiently, and it is also for the purpose of completion of my academic requirement (Identification of the knowledge gap).
    Tentative argument
    The study will aid in identifying the knowledge gap existing in academics and be a benchmark for further study in the future. In adding up, the study outcome can be used as reference in academics and be a credible source of information for policy makers in decision-making process.

References

Bwalya, K. J., & Zulu, S. (2012). Handbook of research on e-government in emerging economies: Adoption, e-participation, and legal frameworks. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, Downfield, D. A., & Linke, B. S. (2012). Leveraging technology for a sustainable world: Proceedings of the 19th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, and May 23-25, 2012. Heidelberg: Springer.

Friis, R. H. (2012). The Praeger handbook of environmental health. Santa Barbara, Calif: Praeger.

Hester, R. E., & Harrison, R. M. (2009). Electronic waste management. Cambridge, UK: RSC Pub.

Pauli, G. A. (2010). The blue economy: 10 years, 100 innovations, 100 million jobs. Taos, NM: Paradigm Publications.

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