BICSI joins STEP green IT rating programme

Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) Foundation developing ratings for green ICT

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BICSI joins STEP green IT rating programme The STEP rating will look to assess how IT systems are deployed and their overall eco-friendliness.
By  Mark Sutton Published  October 18, 2011

BICSI has joined a new coalition of industry bodies which is developing sustainability standards for ICT and electronics industry.

The Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) Foundation, which has been founded by non-profit bodies InfoComm International and CompTIA, aims to develop a rating system for ICT solutions, comparable to LEED certification for buildings.

The rating system and methodologies will help manufacturers, designers, integrators, programmers and users of solutions ensure that the systems they role out keep high standards of environmental friendliness and sustainability, and are utilised in the most efficient way possible.

BICSI is a founding member of STEP, and will work to develop the rating programme, and will have specialist input on the system, accreditation and other facets of STEP. BICSI also aims to develop educational programmes for STEP.

"BICSI is proud to be a member of The STEP Foundation," said BICSI president Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI. "Green and sustainable is the way we should all be thinking-now and in the years to come. We are eager to help lay the foundation of this program, knowing that it is setting an important precedent for the ITS industry and our members."

"The STEP Foundation commends BICSI for taking a leadership role in promoting sustainability in the information technology systems industry," said Allen Weidman, executive director of the STEP Foundation. "BICSI's involvement advances our goal of buildings being green, not just when the structure is constructed, but when it is occupied and operational."

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