Carl E. Smith

With more than 35 years’ experience in environmental issues, program development, advocacy, corporate communications and technology, Carl E. Smith is a nationally and internationally recognized spokesperson and leader in the corporate responsibility, sustainability and product stewardship arena.

As CEO and president Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship and recycling program—Smith leads the organization in its efforts to help preserve the environment through responsible recycling of batteries. With more than 322 million wireless devices (phones, tablets, and e-readers) in use in the U.S. alone, all powered by rechargeable batteries, recycling the battery and the device are more important than ever before.

By spearheading a collaborative, multi-industry effort to define what a successful product stewardship program should look like, Smith has helped transform the landscape of corporate stewardship and sustainability across the nation. Smith’s commitment to engage a broader set of stakeholders increased the organization’s recognition and positioned Call2Recycle as a model for other product stewardship groups that seek to emulate this not-for-profit’s program and structure as best practices.


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