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ASTM Standards Initiative to support global sustainability.

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November 11, 2008 - ASTM announced formation of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability, which results from cooperative efforts of U.S. EPA and cross industry stakeholders who share mutual goals for global sustainable development. Committee will offer forum where stakeholders come together to create consensus standards that will promote and integrate sustainable development across multiple industry sectors. It will also support other ASTM committees in activities that include sustainability issues.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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New ASTM Standards Initiative to Support Goals of Global Sustainability

Press release date: November 10, 2008

ASTM Committee E60 to Develop Standards That Will Drive Mainstream Market Implementation W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 10 November 2008-ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, today announced the formation of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability. This new standards development initiative results from the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cross industry stakeholders who share mutual goals for global sustainable development. Bridging the Gap via Consensus Standards
The trend toward sustainability - achieving economic prosperity while protecting the natural systems of the planet - is an important issue confronting people and industries around the world. New environmental, social and economic challenges of recent years have heightened global awareness of sustainability even further. While both the public and private sectors have offered various programs that advance sustainability, widespread support is still lacking across mainstream markets. Newly formed ASTM International Committee E60 will be the forum where diverse stakeholders come together to create the consensus standards that will promote and integrate sustainable development across multiple industry sectors. Click here to view a short video about the new committee. Dr. Mary C. McKiel, U.S. EPA Standards Executive, commented, "ASTM's proven ability to produce globally-used consensus based standards in environmental and sustainability areas make it well-suited to support the goals of this new standards writing activity and the open process needed to ensure its utility." ASTM International: Proud Heritage in Sustainability Standards
ASTM Committee E60 will build upon the vast body of work of multiple ASTM technical committees who have developed standards that address various issues of sustainability. Notable among these is the efforts of ASTM Subcommittee E06.71 on Sustainability, which has contributed numerous standards that support sustainability in the building industry. The ongoing activities of E06.71, including a newly formed task group on Green Meetings and Events, will now be coordinated by Committee E60. The initial scope of Committee E60 will be driven by subcommittees on Building and Construction, Hospitality and General Sustainability Standards. E60 will also support and serve as a resource for other ASTM committees in their activities that include sustainability issues. The technical committee will hold its next organizational meeting in April 2009 during the ASTM committee week in Vancouver, Canada. Industry feedback and comments should be directed to Pat Picariello, director of developmental operations, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9720; ppicarie@astm.org). For more information and to view a short video on this new technical committee, visit the Committee E60 Web page. Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

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