Design for Compliance and Sustainability

DfE Online® is a unique online training and certification program in Design For Environment (DfE), a design approach that has revolutionized the way engineers approach electronics product design. DfE Online® will help you:

  • Increase product reliability and competitiveness
  • Reduce manufacturing costs and risks
  • Comply with global environmental regulations
  • Enhance career satisfaction and advancement

Who is it for?

Electronic Design Engineers, Supply Chain Managers, Product Launch teams, Executives, Managers, and others who are interested in the business advantages of DfE:

  • Ability to sell into every major market worldwide
  • 1%-5% reduction of Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
  • 80% of DfE principles increase reliability
  • Consumer interest and competitive edge

Comprehensive, Self-Paced Program:

Developed by a team of experts with over 75 years combined experience in the electronics industry, DfE Online®, extends their onsite DfE workshops that trained over 1,000 engineers, managers and executives in North America, China and EMEA. Now you can access that expertise with all the benefits of an online program:

  • 8 self-paced training modules
  • Complete each module at your own convenience, with your team or individually
  • Engaging interactive exercises and videos
  • Additional resources for professional development

DfE Online® Comprehensive Program Modules:

1. Why DfE is Critical for Business, the Planet, and Job Performance
2. Impact of Substance Emissions on Health and Environment
3. Reduction of Material Resources in DfE
4. Techniques for Designing Energy Efficient Electronics
5. DfE Methods for Disassembly and High-value ‘Afterlife’
6. Tools for Measuring Environmental Performance and Monetary ROI
7. Supply Chain Strategies for Reducing Social and Environmental Impacts
8. DfE Case Studies, Critical Recommendations, and Future Roadmap

Plus: Tools for professional development (videos, quizzes, user forum, certificate, and more).

About the Program Creators:

Graham Adams, President and Founder of PlesTech Ltd., leverages 45 years in engineering, research, quality systems, management, and eco-design. Creator of EcoFly eco-design software.

Pamela J. Gordon, President and Founder of Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI), providing research and consulting to the electronics and technology industries since 1987. Author of the groundbreaking book, Lean and Green: Profit for your Workplace and the Environment.

Harvey Stone, environmental consultant, entrepreneur and writer, has specialized in helping corporations and agencies to adopt sustainable practices, including DfE, that address social, economic and environmental issues while reducing costs. Author of Melting Down , an environmental thriller novel.

Program Cost

Companies have three DfE Online® purchasing options*

  • Team License (up to 10 employees) US$8,500
  • – includes 2 hours of consulting

  • Corporate License (unlimited number of employees) US$19,500
  • – includes 4 hours of consulting

  • Supply-Chain License (training for your suppliers) Contact us for pricing
  • University students and individuals may purchase a single license for US$995 – includes 1 hour of consulting

    *One-time purchase fee including access to first year’s updates; subsequent years’ access to updates charged at 15% of original purchase fee per year.

    Windows Version
    Available now: Order online

    Mac Version
    Call now (1-510-479-3478) to reserve your copy of DfE Online® V2

    To Schedule a Demo of DfE Online®:
    Call (1-510-479-3478)

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    DfE Online™ Training Overview

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    Program Features

    Engaging, easy to use interface

    Interactive Exercises

    Videos for in-depth exploration

    Quizzes to improve module retention



    …and many additional tools for professional development


    What your colleagues have to say about TFI’s DfE training:

    "It was the first time [I evaluated] whether products would meet recycling targets."
    --Kimberly Braun, Environmental Compliance Engineer, Microsoft


    "DfE training helped us exceed our environmental goals profitably."
    --Jesse Kevan, Global Environmental Compliance Manager, Tellabs


    "Our company realized a lower cost of manufacture and a reduced CO2 footprint for future products."
    --Glenn Pohly, Product Quality and Sustainability, Extreme Networks