At the time I was writing this, I was attending the Telecommunications Industry Association’s TR-42 meeting in Philadelphia. During that meeting, I was officially appointed chairperson of a new subcommittee—TR 42.10 (Sustainable Information Communications Technology). I’m thrilled with this new opportunity because “our” technologies will finally be recognized as tools to contribute in sustainability efforts and practices. 


Now you might be asking, “Julie, what does it really mean?” I’ll tell you what this means. I am assuming that you’ve heard about the “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) rating system introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). There is no denying that USGBC pioneered the green building movement with the LEED rating and certification; however, through the development of the credit rating, did they think about the benefits from IT technology? Besides the possibility of gaining a credit for “innovation,” the real answer is (if you are lucky) that IT technologies do not directly participate and impact LEED rating results. 


Additionally, there are many discussions regarding the direction of the green-building movement. Some say it may become part of the codes and regulations which could mean that the LEED rating system would no longer be a “choice” but the law. If that happens, the whole concept of sustainability will be viewed in a different light. 


The idea behind using technologies for sustainability is to maximize the use of high performance technologies. For example, the controlling and saving of energy and also offering multiple additional functions that help make the infrastructure more flexible, secure and efficient are just some of the ideas being discussed.  


A good example of that idea is deploying imVision™solution. The implementation of imVision allows customers to minimize waste by electronically creating and processing work orders, reducing one’s carbon footprint by remotely controlling and accessing multiple sitesfrom a single location. Also, if implemented with Cisco Systems’ EnergyWise® Energy Management Architecture, it allows a network manager to control and reduce energy consumption. This means it is the perfect combination for a sustainable installation. 


Are you looking to get engaged in the sustainability discussions?


About the Author

Julie Roy

Julie has been in the telecommunications cabling industry since 1988, working for carriers, manufacturers and as a consultant. Her expertise and her leadership in multiple standards development organizations has been recognized and awarded in Canada and the United States. Starting at Bell Canada as a central office technician, she worked up through a number of positions to become a Cabling Solutions and LAN Specialist, responsible for contracted network design and installation. In 1999, she began working for NORDX/CDT (now Belden) as the subject matter expert on technical issues related to cabling design, implementation and product applications. From 2005 to 2012, as a self-employed consultant, she has been involved in numerous office building projects and international data center projects. Recently, she was hired by CommScope as a technical manager where she supports customers, consultants and business partners in the design and installation phases. She has been actively involved in standards development since 1999, occupying leadership positions in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Julie served as Chair of the CSA T104 Committee, responsible for telecommunications cabling standards for commercial and residential installations in Canada, for five years and in terms as Vice-chair of the TIA TR-42.1 Subcommittee on Commercial Building Cabling and TIA TR-42.8 Subcommittee on Optical Fiber Systems. She also served as the editor and expert contributor for several widely recognized published standards including the ANSI/TIA-942, Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers, and ANSI/TIA-862-A, Building Automation Systems Cabling Standard. At this time, Julie is the Chair of the TIA TR-42.4 Subcommittee, Customer-Owned Outside Plant Telecommunications Infrastructure and Chair of TIA TR-42.10 Subcommitee, Sustainable Information Communications Technology. In 1997, she was recognized as the first woman in Canada to earn her BICSI RCDD certification. She followed this with her NTS certification in 1998, and her ESS certification in 2009. Since January 2008, Julie has been involved with BICSI as an active member of the Registration and Specialties Supervision Committee (RSSC) and the Ethics Committee. In 2004, Julie was recognized as the recipient of the BICSI Ross G.H. Cotton Award for contributions of an individual in the BICSI Canadian Region to the advancement of BICSI and its goals and objectives. In January 2011, Julie was recognized as the recipient of The Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry. Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Julie graduated with a bachelor degree of Arts from the Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC), a degree in Architecture Technical Studies from the Vanier College (Montreal, Canada) and a specialized certificate in telecommunications from the Ecole des Technologies Superieures of the University of Quebec (Montreal, Canada). Julie is well known for her development of technical documentation, participation of industry cabling standards, and in market-facing content. She speaks French fluently and is a frequent presenter in industry forums and continues her participation in the industry standards forums.

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