STEP: Benchmarks and Notes from Allen Weidman, InfoComm International Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation
By Allen Weidman
The Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) is a rating system and guide managed by the STEP Foundation, a non-profit organization comprised of technology trade associations representatives, their members and STEP supporters. At its core, STEP is intended to bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems, as well as reduce long-term environmental impact from technology deployment.
STEP is envisioned to encompass all building information communication technologies into a phase-by-phase, sustainable deployment process. STEP not only accounts for the ongoing energy consumption of information technology systems, but also for the reduction of raw materials in the deployment of information technology solutions and indoor environmental quality of technology-rich environments. STEP also encourages the use of information technologies to make buildings smarter and reduce paper consumption, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with travel.
Now the real work begins: putting STEP into practice and educating multiple industries on the benefits of implementing green technology systems. But do you know all there is to know about STEP? Do you know what it encompasses and how you can use it today? Do you know where the program is heading? Learn more today.
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STEP: Insight from Allen Weidman
On November 2, at the first ever GovComm, InfoComm announced the launch of the STEP Foundation website. Project Green AV sat down with Allen Weidman, InfoComm International Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation, to offer the industry more clarity about what this program is and what it means for our AV industry. Allen shared his insights on STEP, its evolution and plans for the future as an environmentally responsible rating system for the AV industry. Read more
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STEP–Perhaps we should step lightly at first (Christopher Maione)
The Sustainable Technology Environments Program was launched by InfoComm earlier this year with efforts to develop a “comprehensive program” with an AV sustainability rating system.
Project Green AV Review of InfoComm STEP Rating System Draft 1
Congratulations to InfoComm and all in the industry who worked together to create this first draft of the STEP Rating System. This is exemplary work and a major stride for Green AV.
The STEP Rating System hits on two of the most important topics in Green AV for the future. First, STEP wisely focuses on the full cycle of equipment, awarding points for re-use, sourcing reclaimed equipment and putting in place environmentally responsible plans for equipment's end of life (including recycling).
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