SAVe Launches Inaugural SAVe Certification Program in Partnership with Tempest Technologies
Sustainability in AV (SAVe), the nonprofit audiovisual industry organization based in Altadena, California, which brings together industry stakeholders to take concerted action to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, launched its first SAVe certification program with Washington-based AV integrator, Storm Technologies.
A Pioneering Effort by Tempest Technologies
“Tempest Technologies has always recognized our responsibility to the community,” says Tempest Technologies owner Debbie Williamson. “Becoming SAVe certified is part of our efforts to go further in this commitment. It helps us to be proactive with customers and manufacturers about the role we can play for the world, for our community, our customers and us personally.
Williamson continues, “As an integration company, we are aware of the waste generated by our industry. It’s about more than recycling. It’s about what we can do every day and the influence we can have on our clients, customers and partners. This is the legacy we leave for future generations.
The SAVe certification process
The three-part, one-day SAVe certification program includes a training session, a workshop and an assessment. The outcome of the process is a concrete strategy for making progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A Common Blueprint for Sustainability Endorsed by all 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly, including the United States, the 2030 SDGs consist of 17 interrelated global goals ranging from responsible consumption and production to zero hunger and to quality education. Each SDG includes specific progress targets.
During the one-day SAVe certification session, Tempest Technologies:
- Choose specific SDGs that align with their business model and strategy, role in the community, and employee passions;
- Identified particular tactics Tempest can execute to advance the listed SDGs; and
- Lay the groundwork to formalize an actionable strategy for implementation – including metrics and reporting.
Once SAVe-certified organizations begin their efforts to advance the SDGs, they stay in regular contact with SAVe, sharing their progress and challenges with the wider SAVe community, taking advantage of SAVe’s library of educational resources, and passing on the word to their colleagues, partners, customers and other stakeholders.
SAVe-certified organizations will receive a SAVe-certified promotional kit that includes the SAVe-certified logo, SDG plan template, press release, website resources, flyer copy, posters, and office signs. Companies will be featured on saveav.orgas well as SAVe’s social media channels.
Certification, Educational action
“The objective of the SAVe certification program is, first, to educate companies in the audiovisual industry on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and how they can progress towards their achievement through a wide range of measures, ranging from responsible waste management and reduced carbon emissions to the community. partnerships to reduce poverty and advance gender equality,” says Christina De Bono, Founder of SAVe.
“Most importantly, SAVe provides organizations with a vehicle to channel their commitment and passion into action. And by that, we mean specific, targeted efforts that produce measurable results, all on a company-by-company basis.
De Bono stresses that it is time to act now. “The sustainability of our planet is at stake, as is that of our industry,” she says. “It’s very clear that sustainable practices directly impact a company’s ability to generate funding, win contracts, attract employees and engage communities in creating healthy and equitable environments. »
Conversations that lead to transformation
“SAVe certification is the start of a process that allows us to have conversations with manufacturers and customers,” adds Williamson. “We don’t have direct control over their decisions, but we can start an education process that can be as enlightening for them as it has been for us. Plus, by educating our entire team, we’ve started a dialogue that can lead to change. For example, if a customer asks one of our technicians to remove material from a site, they say, “Hey, can we have a chat about this?” »
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