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Jun 1, 2010 11:12 AM

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Green AV

For the first time, InfoComm International recognized the green initiatives of its members. The entries revealed ingenious ways that audiovisual companies are operating to reuse, reduce and recycle resources. The winners include:

AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions
Corporate sustainability is more than a slogan for AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, which has woven green practices into every operation of its business. AVW-TELAV has had a green policy in place since March 26, and its leadership is evident at the highest levels and with each and every employee.

AVW-TELAV focused on its own business processes first and now works with the communities and customers it serves to reduce its impact on the environment. These practices are flourishing.

A Green Committee of 10 employees throughout Canada develops ongoing environmental solutions for the company. As a result, they’ve been a conduit for reducing gaffer tape use by 50 percent, inspiring a general manager to become LEED accredited, diverting 35 mm slide trays and overhead carts from landfills, using biodegradable bags for the hundreds of headphones they distribute, adding exhaust filtering vehicles to their fleet, and using ethanol-gasoline blend vehicles and low sulfur fuel for diesel vehicles as well as maintaining a rigorous vehicle maintenance program for greater fuel efficiencies.

AVW-TELAV also encourages electronic communications and videoconferencing and makes every effort to sell or recycle used equipment at the end of the product’s life cycle. They give employees slightly used batteries that can no longer be used for equipment purposes. Then they collect the used batteries for disposal by a hazardous waste company. They match overhead projectors and acetate sheets with schools in developing countries. AVW-TELAV uses LED lights which consume 50 percent less electricity almost exclusively. Their warehouse staff donates small cardboard boxes to an organization that uses them to create activity kits for intellectually-challenged individuals.

The energy efficiencies continue in AVW-TELAV’s contributions to green conferences that divert waste, to the Vancouver Convention Centre’s Platinum LEED certification, to AV designs and installations that reduce power and raise awareness for conservation efforts. AVW-TELAV’s green practices only seem limited by the imagination of its employees.

Scott Walker, CTS-D, LEED AP, Waveguide Consulting
“Green is the way of the future, and whether you want to save the world or make more money, you better get on board or risk getting left out.” These are the words Scott Walker lives by and that have made a lasting impact on his staff, the AV industry and the building community.

In 2007, Scott made history when he earned his LEED accreditation and became the world’s first LEED AP, CTS-D. Since then, he has focused on promoting sustainable practices in technology design. He spearheaded the formation of InfoComm International’s Green AV special interest group (SIG). Scott also served as the first chair of InfoComm’s Standards Committee, establishing for the first time performance standards for the AV industry.

Scott’s green passion was felt close to home. So that his own principals, designers and project managers could become advocates and practitioners of Green AV designs, he invested in training and seven staffers have since become LEED accredited. Waveguide’s new headquarters is also a model of sustainability achieving a LEED certification. The intelligent, green building is efficient, comfortable and functional. Located on mass transit bus and rail line with Zipcars within walking distance, the building incorporates LEED principals including daylight views for all employees in a collaborative work environment. Technology is ubiquitous and sustainable with videoconferencing a common practice for staff and client meetings. Last year alone, Waveguide conducted 53 videoconferences offsetting 126,000 miles of travel or 52,000 pounds of carbon.

He has tirelessly advocated how AV contributes to more efficient AV systems and designs. He led the formation of the Green Building Technology Alliance, a consortium including InfoComm and building related associations. He informs through his numerous blogs, articles and presentation. He has represented the industry admirably in meetings with the USGBC and the EPA as well presentations to architects.

Scott believes strongly that AV can and should be green. He has said he believes the true measure of his accomplishments will be having healthy competition for the Green AV Award. He should feel heartened knowing this first year effort produced dozens of truly inspiring entries.

Christie Digital Systems
Christie Digital Systems has come a long way since the 1990s when it first began recycling. In 2007 Christie’s manufacturing facilities in Canada and the United States were certified to the internationally recognized standard IO14001. This brings a formalized framework to manage the environmental aspects of Christie’s products, activities and services.

They currently produce projectors which are among the most efficient in terms of lumen per watt output. Their projectors have automatic shut-off features and power down when in stand-by mode. Eighty percent of the components and 100 percent of the packing are recyclable. Customers do not have to stock, replace or dispose of spare lamps for Christie’s new LED-based projection system introduced in 2009. And the projectors consume less power due to reduced cooling requirements.

Christie’s Digital Cinema has had a significant impact on the environmental performance of the movie industry, eliminating the need to manufacture film and transport media to and from theatres. All of Christie’s products confirm to the EU Directive 201/95/EC Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), and Christie has partnered with qualified electronic recycling centers across Europe in compliance with WEEE.

Christie shares its expertise, actively participating on InfoComm’s Green AV Task Force, commenting on EPA documents, promoting best practices for manufacturers through InfoComm education, funding Green AV industry initiatives and contributing to InfoComm’s ANSI Power Management Standards group.

Christie has adopted extensive changes in its workplace to further conserve on natural resources including a roof upgrade reducing heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter, solar film installed on the inside surface of windows rejecting 80 percent of solar radiation and 99 percent of UV entering the building, and recycling organics (food waste), paper, glass, metal, plastic and true waste resulting in 15.6 metric tons of compostable material over the past 10 months.

Further, Christie has reduced paper usage by 50 percent simply by changing default settings on copiers to print on both sides. They have reduced natural gas usage 41 percent by recycling heat from the manufacturing process to heat their facility in the fall, winter and spring. Employees car pool and work four 10-hour days per week to reduce gas consumption. Christie does all this and remembers to have fun. Employees who endure environmentally-sensible air-conditioning ranges in the summer are rewarded with Ice Cream Fridays.

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