Urban Mining was born from a commitment to innovate an environmentally responsible solution for the growing global issue of hazardous electronic waste. Founded in 2009, by Navy Veteran Juan Carlos Villatoro, Urban Mining is disrupting the process and repairing the reputation for electronics recycling with a focus on environmental sustainability, transparent downstream management and attention to data security. With a state of the art electronics recycling facility and a proprietary on-site Innovation Lab, Urban Mining’s mission is to continually minimize the impact of human progress on the earth’s natural resources. The facility, located in Jacksonville Florida, is the regions only e-Stewards Certified Electronics Recycler and in 2016 will become the first fully contained, solar powered electronics recycler in the United States. Urban Mining partners with private businesses, government organizations, schools and community organizations to collect, recycle and refurbish tons of unwanted e-waste every year. As a voluntary Public Benefit Corporation, Urban Mining maintains the corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment; considering the impact of corporate decisions not only on shareholders but also on workers, community, and the environment. Each year, Urban Mining also makes a commitment through Corporate Social Responsibility to improving the lives of children through access to online information and education. Since 2010, The Urban Mining CSR program has delivered solar powered computer labs, refurbished electronics and computing classes to underdeveloped community in the Dominican Republic.