Christie Wins InfoComm ‘Green AV’ Award

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

Christie Digital Systems took home the Green AV Award at the inaugural 2010 InfoComm 100 conference, 30th April – 1st May in Dulles, Virginia.

Tom Stimson (L), Michael Esch

Newly created by InfoComm International, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, the Green AV Award recognises organizations for their commitment to social responsibility, sustainability and the environment. Host to over 100 top AV industry executives spanning the entire value chain worldwide from manufacturing and systems integration, to architects and general contractors, the conference addressed changes in the AV industry.

“Sustainability practices are important for the future of the AV industry,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm is pleased to issue these first Green AV Awards to those who are paving the way for a greener and stronger audiovisual industry. Christie is a great example of an organization whose commitment to the environment extends to all areas of their company.”

Environmental initiatives Christie has undertaken include:

  • Successfully registering two manufacturing plants to the internationally recognised environmental standard, ISO 14001;
  • Leading the way with products that are among the highest lumen per watt output efficiency for 3‐chip DLP projectors;
  • Introducing energy-efficient stand-by modes for new projector models, and developing next generation solid state LED illumination technology that is more environmentally friendly;
  • Achieving an impressive 82% waste diversion rate at the Canadian manufacturing facility through effective management of recycle streams including electronic waste and organics;
  • Reducing electrical consumption by 13% per employee within the first year through a ‘Power Down’ energy conservation program;
  • Reducing natural gas usage by 41%;
  • Carpooling programs and employee awareness campaigns such as ‘Lunch n’ Learn’ sessions to encourage employees to adopt environmentally responsible practices at home.

“Christie is very proud to have created a culture of green thinking that extends company-wide. We believe the advancements we have made, and continue to make, are a testament to having motivated employees who want to work towards creating a more sustainable society,” says Gerry Remers, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc., Kitchener. “It’s an honour to be recognised by InfoComm International and among our peers for our green initiatives – we know that we have work ahead of us and we’re committed to continual improvement.”

Accepting the Green AV award from InfoComm president Tom Stimson was Michael Esch, Sr. Director, Product Development Entertainment Solutions BU at Christie Digital Systems, Kitchener.

Other award winners in the Green AV Award category included AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, Montreal, and Waveguide Consulting Inc., Decatur, Georgia.

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