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Congatulations Chris, way to follow your heart. You will be rewarded!

As far as processes in need of of your work, I'm currently contracting as a test engineer at AT&T Wireless. Nothing there jumps out at me except some basics that probably apply to almost all companies.

I think that it's often hard for people that are intimately involved in processes to see waste and envision change. For example, the paper mills around here stubbornly cling to a chlorine bleaching process that produces dioxin even though viable low impact alternatives exist and the community is applying pressure. As outsiders, your group will be able to present new ideas and spark positive change.

Anyway, here's a few general improvements that would help out where I work.

With the current electric crunch even here in the land of the dams, I'd love to see a company program to save energy by encouraging all employees to turn off their computers at the end of the day.

The building I work in has a paper and even a battery recycling program, but they both could be improved. It would be great if the battery program encouraged people to bring dead batteries from home instead of landfilling 'em. The paper recycling bins are usually right next to garbage bins and garbage and paper are often mixed up in both. Perhaps a slotted cover on the paper bins and a small awareness campaign would help.

The plastic silverware and paper coffee cups in the lunch room are wasteful, and it would be great to present an alternative.

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