- S.T.E.P. (Sustainable Technology Environments Program)
While exploring and contributing to the blogosphere of all that is green with audio-visual we discovered an extremely interesting ecofriendly A/V program that’s been put together by InfoComm called S.T.E.P. – Sustainable Technology Environments Program.
The Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) was put into place by the InfoComm Board of Directors in 2009 in an attempt to create a “Green AV Task Force.” Like Ecopresence, STEP is dedicated to creating and adding to the informational database of “green” audio video technologies and practices. Much like Ecopresence, STEP is dedicated to creating a “AV sustainability rating system.” This STEP eco-label is currently in the drafting phase, which can be checked out here http://community.infocomm.org/resources/viewdocument/?DocumentKey=30d4081e-8a4c-4c75-b47c-06341b4a395f. Their blog http://community.infocomm.org/ is very well administered, and their environmentally focused group “The Green AV SIG” currently has over 250 subscribers.
- The Greenest Environmentally Friendly Poster for the Eco-Sustainability Fight for our Planet.
STEP’s Green AV Poster is one of the most significant contributions to the fight for our planets environment that they have made. This poster encourages people and organizations to, “Take Steps to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint,” and suggests specific ways for our people, our workplace, and our products and services to do so.
- InfoComm’s suggested steps for Our People to decrease their carbon footprint
Engage a green team of volunteers; Appoint a company green leader; Use mass transportation; Educate others to raise environmental awareness; Join the InfoComm Green AV SIG; Promote green in our industry; Join our local Green Building Council; Become a LEED Accredited Professional; Use AV to reduce paper consumption and travel; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- STEPs for Our Workplace to Reduce their Carbon footprint
Create an environmental policy; Acknowledge and reward sustainable behavior; start an e-waste recycle or donation program; Get out office LEED certified; Sponsor an environmental workday; Become a carbon-neutral company; Deploy energy-efficient lighting solutions; Become ISO 14001 certified; Audit energy usage and sources.
- Ways to limit your environmental impact with Products and Services
Focus on sustainability in our products and services; Reduce waste in manufacturing and delivery, conserve energy in all that we do; favor suppliers who support sustainability; support industry standards; earn a LEED innovation credit; Quality for US EPA or BS8901 green AV standards for meetings and events.
- S.T.E.P. towards Conclusion
STEP is truly a very committed program that has the future of our planet on its mind first and foremost. The most impressive part about InfoComm, their Green AV forum, and STEP is the members of their AV Sustainability Task Force. This team is made up of professors, AV company executives, and LEED AP certified institutions. Certainly with these great minds and founding principles, the STEP program will be able to help make our people, AV technology, companies, nations, and world a greener and more sustainable place for generations to come.
Ecopresence will continue to follow the Green AV forum on InfoComm’s blog, and is excited to see the future of its Sustainable Technology Environments Program. We encourage you to do the same, and to share your thoughts about this article with your comments below, or @ecopresence1 on twitter.
See you all soon, and remember that Ecopresence is here to help you all SAVE MONEY, SAVE TIME, and SAVE THE PLANET.