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Did You Know?

New York, Dec 26, 2008

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.

ANSI Staff Collects 300 lbs of Food for Charities
In these trying economic times, charity organizations and food banks often face financial difficulties, limiting their ability to assist those that are less fortunate.

This holiday season, the staff of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) participated in the annual food drives for City Harvest in New York, and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

Between the New York and Washington offices, ANSI staff collected over 300 lbs of non-perishable food.

ISO Issues Call for Nominations for Award for Higher Education in Standardization 2009
The growing recognition of the importance of International Standards has favored the inclusion of standardization as a subject in many education programs at universities, and other higher education institutions around the world.

To recognize the efforts of these education bodies, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has created the ISO Award for Higher Education in Standardization that prizes institutions offering the best programs on standardization.

Organized for the first time in 2007, the award aims to raise awareness of the importance of standardization as a tool to access world markets, transfer technology, and promote good business practice and sustainable development worldwide.

For more information on eligibility, nominations and the selection criteria, please click here.

CEA’s Study Reveals Consumers Prefer Green Electronics
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released Going Green: An Examination of the Green Trend and What it Means to Consumers and the CE Industry.

Fielded in September 2008 to an online sample of 960 adults, the study reveals that price and features are still the main purchase drivers for consumer electronics (CE) products, but green aspects will increasingly matter.

With more consumers looking for attributes such as recyclability and energy efficiency, manufacturers and retailers need to communicate more clearly about green products and programs. In fact, the study finds that consumers wish to determine more easily if a product meets environmental standards, through logos and descriptions printed on the product packaging.

For more information on the study, please check CEA online.

NIST Appeared on the History Channel
Earlier this week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was featured on the History Channel’s Modern Marvels show.

The program, called “Measure It!” visited NIST to find out the origin of measurements and how standards for those measurements are set. Addressing the common areas of measurement - distance, time, speed, weight, and temperature - five NIST employees described their daily work in their respective field.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel