Interview: Darren Beck, Dir. Environmental Initiatives, Sprint

fortune-green-2013TriplePundit is reporting live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013 conference in Laguna Niguel, CA. Follow along on this page for ongoing video interviews with sustainability thought leaders, corporate change agents and entrepreneurs who are leading the way to a more sustainable future.

Darren Beck is Sprint’s director of Environmental Initiatives.  In our second Sprint interview from Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013, Darren talks about the problem of lead acid batteries which are used as backup power for cell towers and data centers.  It’s a problem that wasn’t fully understood until Darren’s team had a chance to investigate – looking at both the disposal of the batteries as well as their initial manufacturing process upstream in the supply chain.  The result is a far deeper understanding of how lead-acid batteries can be responsibly dealt with and a plan to ensure 100% responsible disposal.

Darren walks me through the details in the video below…

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Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.