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Did You Know?

New York, Dec 11, 2009

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ASHRAE Launches Pilot Energy Labeling Program
A new program administered by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member and audited designator of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will inform building owners and operators, tenants, and prospective buyers on the energy use of buildings.

Participants in the Building Energy Quotient Program include leading building owners and designers, real estate developers, and government agencies. It is intended to encourage the building industry to find ways to cut energy use and costs by allowing stakeholders to make side-by-side comparisons of designed and measured energy use.

For more information, see the ASHRAE news release.

ATIS Webinar Addresses Environment as an Economic Engine
A freely available webinar conducted by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, discusses how the telecommunications industry can play a significant role in creating a sustainable future by increasing social and economic opportunities while reducing adverse environmental impacts.

Topics addressed in the webinar include: the role of telecommunications in sustainable development; information and communication technology as a driver of environmental and economic development; operator perspectives of environment as an opportunity; and consumers as powerful drivers of sustainable innovation.

To view the slide presentation of the webinar, click here. To hear the recorded session, click here.

ACS Offers Tips for an Earth-Friendly Holiday Season
The American Chemical Society (ACS), an ANSI organizational member, has compiled suggestions for consumers looking to have a more environmentally friendly Christmas.

The tips include recycling wrapping paper and bows, using newspaper comics as colorful wrapping paper, sending electronic greeting cards instead of paper ones, and lowering the thermostat a few degrees, among others.

To read the full list of suggestions, see the ACS news release.

Upcoming GMA Webinar to Cover the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an ANSI organizational member, has announced an upcoming webinar that will detail the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Reportable Food Registry (RFR). Navigating the FDA's Reportable Food Registry: Parsing the Portal will be held on December 17, 2009, from 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST.

The RFR is an electronic portal where instances of reportable food must be submitted to FDA, according to an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). FDA is required to review and assess the information submitted to the portal for purposes of identifying reportable foods, issuing an alert or notification, or exercising other actions to protect public health.

The webinar will address common questions relating to the RFR, and will assist users in navigating the portal’s features. For more information on the webinar and to register, click here.

UN Formally Endorses Use of IECEx
The United Nations has formally endorsed the use of IECEx, an internationally recognized certification system that promotes safety of equipment in explosive areas.

IECEx verifies compliance with International Safety Standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that relate to explosive (Ex) areas. It covers equipment, systems, services, and competency of personnel in the highly specialized industries where the risk of fire and/or explosions exists.

For more information, see the IEC news release.

ANSI Focus on Services Standards