I know that I talk about the sustainability effort frequently, but people who know me know that it’s because I’m passionate and believe this effort is taking an important turn in the right direction. As chair of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and as a member of the TIA delegation to the technical committee of the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) Foundation, I have a front row seat to see what is happening with this effort as well as share in the enthusiasm and excitement of my colleagues.

While TIA has been working on writing a standard to help support the STEP rating program, the STEP Foundation has been part of implementing pilot projects to validate the rating system. Validation is needed to make sure it’s possible to achieve the requirements set forth by the program itself. Such a program can only be accepted in the industry if it truly brings value to the customers. A good example of a pilot project is the new TIA offices inArlington,Va.Since the project involved relocating TIA to a new office, it turned out to be a great opportunity to make this move a STEP certifiable site.

As you know, programs like this always look good on paper but when it comes to the implementation, real life situations set in and adjustments are sometimes needed. The STEP Foundation is taking the opportunity to learn from the pilot project process and implement adjustments to the STEP rating program.

This is why a group of us decided to bring this discussion to the table at the 2013 BICSI Winter conference. I am excited to join a group that includes Allen Weidman, The STEP Foundation executive director; Herb Congdon, associate vice-president of technology and standards for TIA; and Charles Fox, general manager of vector resources in charge of the implementation project at the new TIA offices. The panel discussion will cover reasons for choosing STEP, the five phases of the STEP projects, the results, and lessons learned during the pilot projects.

Join me at the BICSI Winter conference inTampa, Fl. on Tuesday, January 22, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. It should be an interesting round table discussion on the implementation of sustainable technologies in an information and communications technology installation.

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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