Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson today participated in the Earth Day Live series on Twitch, where she talked about Apple's environmental efforts.

Jackson started things off by speaking a bit about her background and what inspired her to advocate for the environment and join the EPA prior to taking on her current role at Apple.

appleearthday

Before coming to Apple, I led the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama. But long before that, I was an 8-year-old girl who saw my neighbors in New Orleans battling illness caused by chemical plants in our backyard. A girl who in 1970, wrote a letter to President Nixon imploring him to do something to protect the health of the people and the environment. That same year, we celebrated Earth Day in the U.S. for the very first time. And by the end of 1970, the EPA had officially opened its doors.

At the time, I had no idea I'd go on to work at the EPA and one day lead it, but I did know that at the heart of my concern for the planet was the health of people. Communities, families, people who deserve a healthy place to live, clean water to drink, and clean air to breathe.

Jackson went on to explain that every individual, business, and organization must take action to address climate change. "Policy is one solution, innovation is another," she said before delving into Apple's environmental efforts.

As Apple has said many times in the past, all of its facilities worldwide are run on renewable energy, and it has a program to help suppliers transition to 100 percent renewable energy as well. Apple has also been focusing heavily on using recycled materials in its products, with an ultimate goal of a closed-loop supply chain that relies solely on recycled materials and does not require minerals mined from the earth.

Jackson wrapped up her appearance with an inspiring message for up and coming environmental advocates.

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we have much to be proud of, much to hope for, and much more to accomplish. Today's eight year olds are facing even greater challenges, but they also know a thing or two about the urgent work that lies ahead and that the health of our planet and our neighbors is a cause worth fighting for.

Jackson's full appearance can be watched on Twitch. To celebrate Earth Day, Apple is also highlighting Earth Day related apps in the App Store, but as stores are closed there are no retail store decorations nor is there an Apple Watch activity badge to earn.

Top Rated Comments

needsomecoffee Avatar
55 months ago

False. Apple has a worldwide recycling and trade-in program that takes any Apple device, and their environmental record is second to none. 100% renewable energy in all their facilities, recycled enclosures, great year-over-year reduction in carbon footprint. The numbers speak for themselves. Lisa Jackson is first in class.
A small amount of Apple devices are recycled by Apple. Apple requires all other recyclers to shred Apple devices to ensure they are not broken down for parts. Apple opposes right to repair. Apple heavily restricts access to replacement parts. Yeah, but they buy enough credits to be green, and, obviously, their PR and marketing departments are working well.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
55 months ago
While Apple continues to make products with soldered and glued components, and refuse to sell simple spare parts, making it difficult to upgrade, repair, and extend the life of products, any attempt to talk about their care for the environment is vomitous hypocrisy. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Lisa Jackson, your job a joke.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smuzzy Avatar
55 months ago
While Apple continues to make products with soldered and glued components, and refuse to sell simple spare parts, making it difficult to upgrade, repair, and extend the life of products, any attempt to talk about their care for the environment is vomitous hypocrisy. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Lisa Jackson, your job a joke.
False. Apple has a worldwide recycling and trade-in program that takes any Apple device, and their environmental record is second to none. 100% renewable energy in all their facilities, recycled enclosures, great year-over-year reduction in carbon footprint. The numbers speak for themselves. Lisa Jackson is first in class.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TooMuchPhone Avatar
55 months ago
Why can’t Apple just make better products and stop virtue signaling- Steve never did this.

Apple has no moral high ground given how our precious toys are produced
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
code-m Avatar
55 months ago

Totally agree. In addition the entire notion of the "renewable energy" is false. Do you know what is amortization period for the solar panels installed on top of the new Apple building? At least 10 years. And this is only financial aspect. How about polluted water which had to be used during production of those panels? If it is not hypocrisy what is it?
Energy is transferred/transformed. Rather than renewable I prefer sustainable, there are too many falsehoods of people and companies marketing to do good when in fact they fail to see the entire picture with its product cycle from design, creation, production (includes acquiring raw materials), transportation, usage and finally disposal (repurposed). Apple is one of the few companies that does a good job, probably because their were under pressure from Green Peace along with other companies and has gradually changed to align its company with the mindset of younger consumers.

Many companies "Green Wash", I am not saying that Apple may or mayn't be participating in this to some degree, I am just saying their track record of recent history is better than others in this space.

It is more environmentally friendly to hold on to an iPhone that will last 3-5 years with the latest iOS update compared to the competition that will be replaced in 18-24 months with maybe 1-2 security updates and if lucky a major OS update. What pollutes more with the entire product cycle compared to an iOS device.


Why can’t Apple just make better products and stop virtue signaling- Steve never did this.

Apple has no moral high ground given how our precious toys are produced
Please read my post.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
moinD Avatar
55 months ago

False. Apple has a worldwide recycling and trade-in program that takes any Apple device, and their environmental record is second to none. 100% renewable energy in all their facilities, recycled enclosures, great year-over-year reduction in carbon footprint. The numbers speak for themselves. Lisa Jackson is first in class.
Maybe you have heard about the three Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They are written in the order of priority. Reducing consumption and reusing is much more environment friendly than recycling. So if apple makes their repair parts available and make repair easier, a lot of people can reuse their devices for a much longer time and thereby reduce consumption.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

10 Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Monday July 8, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models simultaneously, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different – already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
iPhone 15 Pro Cameras

iPhone 17 Pro Max Will Be First Model to Feature Three 48MP Cameras

Thursday July 11, 2024 12:20 am PDT by
Next year's iPhone 17 Pro Max will feature an upgraded 48-megapixel Tetraprism camera for enhanced photo quality and zoom functionality, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his n-iphone-tetraprism-upgrade-ca62dd37e364">latest investor note published to Medium, Kuo said the key specification change would be a 1/2.6" 48MP CIS sensor, up from the 1/3.1" 12MP sensor expected to be used...
iOS 18 on iPhone Feature

Everything New in iOS 18 Beta 3

Monday July 8, 2024 12:54 pm PDT by
With the third betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 that Apple released today, there are additional tweaks to a number of features like Dark Mode icons, the Photos app, emoji in Messages, and more, with Apple appearing to be preparing for the launch of Apple Intelligence. Apple will continue updating iOS 18‌ over the course of the next couple of months, refining the beta prior to its launch....
iPhone 17 Plus Feature

iPhone 17 'Slim': Everything We Know So Far

Friday July 5, 2024 5:13 am PDT by
In 2025, Apple is expected to discontinue the iPhone "Plus" device in its iPhone 17 lineup to make way for an iPhone "Slim" – although it may not actually be called this when it debuts in the fall of next year. Even though the iPhone 16 series launch is still over two months away, when you consider that we learned about larger displays on the iPhone 16 Pro models way back in May 2023, rumors...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID

iPhone 16 Models Rumored to Have Face ID-Related Design Changes

Tuesday July 9, 2024 9:15 am PDT by
iPhone 16 models coming later this year could have some Face ID-related "design changes," supply chain publication DigiTimes said this week. The original source of this information is British newspaper The Telegraph, which six weeks ago reported that Face ID component supplier Coherent was considering selling or repurposing a manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, a small town in...
AirPods Pro Beta Firmware

Apple Releases New AirPods Pro 2 Beta Firmware With Support for iOS 18 Features

Tuesday July 9, 2024 11:46 am PDT by
Apple today released a second beta firmware for the AirPods Pro 2, including both the Lightning and USB-C versions. The updated firmware has a build number 7A5244b and it is available to developers at the current time. This is the second firmware update that Apple has released since announcing new AirPods Pro 2 features in June. There are several new features that are coming to the AirPods...
iPhone 16 Pro Front Update Blue

iPhone 16 Pro Rumored to Support 40W Fast Charging and 20W MagSafe

Wednesday July 10, 2024 3:57 am PDT by
Apple's forthcoming iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max will support 40W wired fast charging and 20W MagSafe charging, claims a rumor currently swirling around China. Right now, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models are capable of up to 27W peak charging speeds with an appropriate USB-C power adapter, while official MagSafe chargers from Apple and authorized third parties can wirelessly charge...