STC Chapter goes Virtual and makes a Green difference

At Adobe, we have a strong commitment to the environment and we actively implement measures to increase efficiency, conserve energy and water, improve air quality, and reduce waste.  From our office buildings to our product packaging, we continue to reduce our environmental impact.

This is why when I was asked to speak at the first-ever virtual meeting for the Society for Technical Communication Canada West Coast chapter; I was not only thrilled but also excited about making a “green” difference.

Since travel is typically the biggest greenhouse gas contributor (GHG), web and video conferencing are the best way for all of us to reduce our CO2 footprint by cutting down on travel.

Since the chapter wanted to broadcast a live video feed of Karen Rempel, chapter president, as well as a Podcast of the past president, Theresa Putkey, and a pre-recorded video of Rahel Bailie, who was in London at the time, we wanted to make sure we did a dry-run before the live event in an effort to make sure we had all the layouts and pods in place in our Web Conferencing tool, Adobe Connect Pro.

For more information on what it took to setup and prepare for the meeting, the chapter volunteers wrote a great description here.

I’m happy to report that the meeting went really well and while I can’t share the entire recording of the meeting, I have assembled a highlight reel in a PDF portfolio, since this was one of the topics I discussed during my presentation (what’s new in Tech Comm Suite 1.3). 

To view the PDF Portfolio, you will need to have the free Reader 9 software and once you have it, you can right-click here to download the PDFPortfolio.

To learn more about the virtual experience, check out Tony Chung’s blog.

I hope more STC and ASTD chapters embrace this idea of going virtual, not only because virtual meetings work but also because this is a good way for all of us to make a contribution toward solving the climate change crisis.