Changing the world Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008

John S. Shegerian has a mantra that he lives by every day as chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International — “Green is good.”

He co-founded the company in 2002, and from the beginning, Electronic Recyclers has been a completely green organization. The sales team drives a fleet of hybrid vehicles, and the company uses electric forklifts on the shop floor. The furniture is made from recycled materials, if you get a business card from an employee of Electronic Recyclers, be careful not to lose it because it’s half the size of a normal card in order to conserve paper.

Shegarian also works alongside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a member of the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth. The governor also recently appointed Shegerian to serve on the Governor’s Gang Advisory Committee. To complement his green efforts, he serves on several boards, including serving as an executive board member of the Alliance Toward Harnessing Global Opportunities.

On top of his efforts at Electronic Recyclers, Shegerian also wants to help people. He founded Homeboy Tortillas and Homeboy Industries in 1993. He hired people who may have made some mistakes in their pasts but wanted to change and wanted a job. This continues to serve as a model for urban renewal in the country and received the New York Stock Exchange Building for the Future Award for creating new jobs in post-riot Los Angeles.

HOW TO REACH: Electronic Recyclers International, (559) 442-3960 or www.electronicrecyclers.com