This year, WSD will begin with a reception and exhibition at The Fairmont Washington (2401 M Street, NW). The event will include dinner and the presentation of the 2012 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, which was named after the late U.S. secretary of commerce and honors an individual who has shown dedication to the promotion of standards as an essential tool in the removal of barriers to global trade. The 2012 recipient of the award is Ronald L. Lynn, director and building official with Nevada's Clark County Department of Development Services, who is being honored for his contributions to the development and use of standards and building codes intended to ensure safe built environments in Nevada, the U.S., and worldwide.
First celebrated in 1970, World Standards Day is now recognized by nations all over the world. Each year, U.S. World Standards Day activities are organized by a planning committee made up of individuals from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This year, the International Code Council (ICC) serves as the event's administrating organization.
The U.S. celebration of World Standards Day is part of the 2012 World Standards Week (WSW) series of events, which will take place October 9-12 in Washington, DC. All other WSW events will take place at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). WSD will be followed by a complimentary networking breakfast at the Newseum from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 12.
For more information about WSW and the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, visit www.ansi.org/wsweek.