Entries Invited for Standards that Make a Difference Survey
Entries are invited for “Standards That Make a Difference – 2008,” a survey sponsored by the American National Standards Institute about both individual and families of standards. Any published voluntary consensus standard (not works in progress) from any source can be referenced in the entry form, which requires the standard title, designation and publication year; up to 350 words about how the standard makes a difference and information about the person making the entry. Multiple entries are allowed and submissions must be received by Sept. 19. ANSI will use the information to build awareness about the global impact of standardization programs. Click here for survey.
NATO Standardization Conference to Be Held in Virginia in September
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Standardization Conference, “Achieving Interoperability through Standardization,” will be held Sept. 16-18 at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne, Va. Keynote speakers include Alfred G. Volkman, U.S. Department of Defense, Vice Admiral Juan A. Moreno, NATO Standardization Agency, and Rear Admiral Torben Orting Jorgensen, Allied Command Transformation. There will be presentations by NATO member nation representatives and speakers from standards developing organizations, including ASTM International President James A. Thomas. The conference is sponsored by DOD, the NATO Standardization Agency and ACT. For more information, contact Latasha R. Beckman, Defense Standardization Program Office at 703-767-6872 or click here.
FSCT and NPCA Keep Identities, Merge Administration
The Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology and the National Paint and Coatings Association have approved a merger that will consolidate the governance, management and administrative functions of the two organizations while preserving each group’s separate identities, operations, functions and member services. As part of the agreement, the International Coatings Expo and the American Coatings Show and Conference will be combined; October ICE 2008 in Chicago has been canceled. For more information about the merger, click here.
NRMCA Enters Agreement with U.S. EPA to Reduce Operations Footprint
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop and promote environmental management tools to help ready-mixed concrete plants comply with the Clean Water Act. NRMCA’s efforts in this area include an environmental certification course and the recent addition of a Green-Star Program.