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ANSI Workshop
Toward Product Standards for Sustainability

ANSI-EPA Sustainable Products Standards Workshop Wednesday, April 8
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday, April 9 2009
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crowne Plaza
Washington National Airport
1480 Crystal Dr
Arlington VA 22202

 View the final workshop report


With the support of the Environmental Protection Agency, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) organized the first ANSI Workshop Toward Product Standards for Sustainability to focus on issues related to sustainability and environmental performance standards for products.

The workshop offered a neutral venue where all interested stakeholders can engage in discussions that will support and facilitate the timely development, promulgation, and use of standards to address sustainability issues related to products. 240 individuals attended in person during the two-day workshop, and nearly 100 more participated by teleconference and webinar.


The topics of discussion at the workshop included the following:

The Standards Development Process

  • Discussion of the various approaches to standards development
  • Does the development process affect market viability of the standard (e.g., stakeholder engagement, manufacturing, education/training, update of standards by purchasing communities)?

Characteristics of a Robust & Effective Product Standard for Sustainability

  • What type of guidance would be most valuable in steering the development of credible product standards that address sustainability issues? From whom?
  • What are the most important attributes to consider with respect to the development of product standards that consider/address sustainability? How are these different attributes being weighted? How should they be?
  • How or to what degree should LCA and risk/hazard assessment issues be addressed?
  • How do you ensure that there are measurable environmental and societal outcomes?
  • What is most needed to help increase the creation of credible and robust product standards that consider/address sustainability?

 Please view the agenda


Interested stakeholders that represent standards developing organizations, consortia and other forums, industry, government and consumers participated in the workshop. Members of the media were also in attendance.

Venue Information

Crowne Plaza
Washington National Airport
1480 Crystal Dr
Arlington VA 22202
Phone: 703.416.1600

Staff Contact

Anne Caldas
Senior Director, Procedures and Standards Administration
Accreditation Services
American National Standards Institute
25 West 43 Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212.642.4914

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