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Twelve Organizations vie for 2012 Baldrige Award.

September 10, 2012

Twelve organizations have reached next step on road to silver anniversary Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest recognition for organizational performance excellence. Baldrige Panel of Judges has selected 1 organization in manufacturing category, 1 in service, 2 in small business, 1 in education, 5 in health care, and 2 in nonprofit for final review. Teams of experts will now make site visits to clarify questions and verify information submitted in applications. Read More

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EPA Awards Grants for drinking water treatment methods.

September 10, 2012

U.S. EPA announced almost $1.5 million in funding to 3 universities - University of Nevada, Reno; University of Florida, Gainesville and University of South Florida, Tampa; and Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY - for development of sustainable drinking water treatment methods. Funded through EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program grants are intended to provide innovative treatment methods to protect people's health by keeping harmful contaminants out of drinking water. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 15 New Members during July 2012.

September 10, 2012

In July 2012, ANSI welcomed 15 new members. These organizations join one federation that represents 125,000+ companies and over 3.5 million professionals. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia stated that these new members will gain access to information and BI not available anywhere else as well as build relationships that empower them with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions that directly affect their business. Read More

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EPA and Green Sports Alliance address environmental challenges.

September 10, 2012

EPA signed Memorandum of Understanding with Green Sports Alliance to address environmental challenges faced by sports venues, organizations, and teams. Agreement will facilitate collaboration on issues such as waste management, water and energy conservation, and sustainability for teams and stadiums/sporting venues. EPA has also agreed to share tools like the Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which allows building owners to track and assess energy and water consumption. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on International Workshop Agreement.

September 10, 2012

Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology has submitted proposal for new International Workshop Agreement regarding ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems - Requirements. ISO 9001:2008 sets down rules for organizational quality management systems that are intended to be applicable to variety of groups and companies. ESMA has offered to serve as secretariat for proposed IWA, which would work to set new guidelines for use of ISO 9001:2008 by policing organizations worldwide. Read More

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Grant to Help Puerto Rico Airport upgrade electrical system.

September 10, 2012

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $8.1 million grant for upgrading electrical system at José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba, Puerto Rico to meet current and future demands as well as comply with Puerto Rico Electrical Power Agency's electrical grid requirements. This project is part of ongoing effort to convert former military airfield to civilian use. According to LaHood, "Investing in our nation's airports promotes economic growth." Read More

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ASTM approves effectiveness test for wet extraction systems.

September 10, 2012

ASTM F2828, Test Method for Assessing Carpet Cleaning Effectiveness in Terms of Visual Appearance Change When Cleaned with a Wet Extraction Cleaning System, was developed by Subcommittee F11.35 on Extractor Cleaners, part of ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners. With consumer in mind, standard provides meaningful prediction of in-home cleaning performance, and will also aid manufacturers in development of better-performing cleaning products over time. Read More

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NIST SBIR Awards have been given to 12 companies.

September 7, 2012

As announced by NIST, 12 U.S. businesses received nearly $2 million in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards in order to help develop technologies that could lead to commercial and public benefit. SBIR program's goal is for companies to commercialize their technologies, where appropriate, in Phase III. NIST will provide awardees with technical and direct assistance and direct them to additional resources through Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Read More