ISO Launches Open Data Standard for Innovative Cities

Read the full post at Socrata.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a globally recognized organization that sets quality standards for products, services, and industries. We might see the ‘ISO certified’ label on the website of our favorite non-profit, the back of a chocolate bar, or the packaging of our toothbrush. Their aim as an organization is to establish a standard of efficiency, safety, and equity for our environment and the products and services we encounter everyday. Now the ISO has published a set of standards that encapsulates this mission entirely. Their newest set of indicators, ISO 37120, addresses the cities in which we live, work, and play, evaluating city services and quality of life. In other words, these 46 measures of performance published by ISO will let researchers, analysts, and citizens evaluate any city based on a uniform set of standards. Furthermore, ISO 37120 confirms and accelerates the momentum of the open data movement and now provides the common framework within which all cities can participate.

New Adjuncts to ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (ASTM E2893-13e1)

ASTM Incorporated recently released two adjuncts that facilitate use of the Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups. One adjunct is the Appendix X2 “Technical Summary Form” as a writable PDF
(ADJE289301). The second adjunct is the Appendix X3 “Greener Cleanup BMPs” table containing over 160 best management practices (BMPs) in an Excel format (ADJE289302). With the Excel format, users can sort BMPs applying to particular remediation technologies and core elements and add more BMPs. These adjunct files are available to purchase from ASTM separately or at a reduced rate with the standard.

For more information on purchasing the standard and adjuncts, see .

Target and GoodGuide team up to rate sustainable products

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Retail giant Target has partnered with GoodGuide, the products-rating website acquired last year by Underwriters Laboratories, to create a rating systems for thousands of consumer products, the retailer has announced.

In an email sent to suppliers representing some 7,500 products last Thursday, Target announced a Sustainability Product Standard, “a set of criteria for what defines a more ‘sustainable product’ at Target.” The standard will first roll out in three categories: household cleaners, personal care & beauty, & baby care.

Friday Night Lights: Thanks to DOE, It Won’t Cost as Much to Light Your High School Football Field

Read the full post from American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

Next time you’re at a night game or in a big box store, look up—if you see bright white lights housed in dome-shaped fixtures, you’re probably looking at metal halide lights. Strong  new energy efficiency standards for metal halide lamp fixtures proposed yesterday by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would save businesses and consumers money, and would be a step toward meeting President Obama’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions by 3 billion metric tons by 2030 through efficiency standards.

American National Standard on Stormwater Harvesting

Read the full story in Water Efficiency.

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) are collaborating to jointly develop and publish an American National Standard on stormwater harvesting system design for direct and indirect end-use applications.

DOE Publishes Notice of Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Standards

The Department of Energy has published a notice of public meeting and availability of the framework document regarding energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines. 78 FR 33262 (June 4, 2013).

  • Find more information on the rulemaking, including milestones, statutory authority, rulemaking documents, and any other related rulemakings.
  • All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-STD-0022.
  • Learn how to participate in the public meeting/webinar scheduled for June 20, 2013.
  • Find information about how to comment on the rulemaking. The public comment period closes July 19, 2013. When submitting comments, please only reference the Federal Register version of the notice.
  • Find product information about current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; the statutory authority; historical information; and contact information.

DOE Wireless Metering Challenge

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office announced plans to issue a new Wireless Metering Challenge  to spur the development of low cost electric metering devices that can serve growing interest in panel level sub metering being seen throughout the commercial sector. According to a 2006 Federal Energy Management Program study, energy costs can be reduced by taking action to resolve problems identified by examining metered data. While metering systems do not directly improve energy efficiency, they do enable focused, energy efficiency actions and upgrades. It is estimated that using systems results in energy efficient actions that deliver electricity energy savings of at least 2%.

Key features of the challenge specification include a low cost target, essential requirements for electrical energy measurement, and wireless data transmission to an onsite collection point. Draft specifications for the wireless metering device are now available for review.

The Department of Energy invites the commercial sector, manufacturers, and federal agencies to participate in the Wireless Metering Challenge.

Once a final version of the specification is released, engaged stakeholders will be asked to decide if they want to formally participate in the Challenge and sign a letter of intent. Manufacturers who sign on to the Challenge will be announced during the formal launch of the program in late May.

Federal Government May Abandon LEED Endorsement

Via GreenSource.

Want to have a say in whether the U.S. government continues to use LEED? The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is seeking public comments on a long-awaited recommendation regarding green building rating systems. GSA may abandon its prior endorsement of a single rating system, the findings of a special ad hoc committee suggest, instead encouraging each federal agency to make its own decisions about whether to use LEED, Green Globes, or the Living Building Challenge.

Other findings: agencies should specify which optional credits or points must be achieved in a rating system, should try to use one rating system across their entire building portfolio, and should work with rating system developers to improve alignment between certifications and federal green building needs.

The comment period will be open through April 6, 2013. For more information, visit

ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposed New ISO Field of Activity on Water Re-use

The Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in conjunction with the Standards Institution of Israel (SII), the Israeli member body to ISO, and the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC), the Japanese member body to ISO, has submitted a proposal for a new field of technical activity on water re-use.

The proposal cancels and replaces a 2012 proposal regarding the creation of a new technical activity on the re-use of treated wastewater in urban areas [see related story], and, if approved, will be merged with ISO Project Committee (PC) 253, Treated wastewater re-use for irrigation. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal by Friday, April 19, 2013.

According to the new work item proposal, the committee associated with the proposed technical activity would begin its work by focusing on standards related to the treatment of wastewater for use in irrigation and in urban areas, as well as in connection with performance and risk evaluation for water re-use systems. The activities related to the re-use of wastewater for irrigation are already underway under the auspices of ISO PC 253 and include the development of guidelines for the use of treated wastewater in irrigation projects. In connection with the urban re-use of wastewater, the proposed committee would work to set down general requirements and basic standards for urban sewage treatment and reuse, with a focus on the planning, design, and supervision of urban sewage treatment facilities. The committee will also seek to establish methods and indicators allowing for the effective measurement of water re-use system performance, as well as risks associated with such systems.

All comments on this proposal should be sent to Steven Cornish, ANSI senior director for international policy ( Feedback received by the April 19 deadline will be reviewed and compiled for the recommended ANSI position and comment, which will then be presented to the ANSI ISO Council for formal approval.

The full proposal filed by SAC, SII, and JISC is available here.

ANSI has published an explanatory information document outlining the process used to develop U.S. positions on issues and activities under consideration by ISO and IEC. Click here to download the document.

Green Seal Publishes Standard On Laundry Products

Read the full post from Today’s Facility Manager.

This past January, Green Seal, a nonprofit certification organization founded in 1989, announced the publication of GS-51: Laundry Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use.

Designed to address the life cycle impacts of laundry care products used in institutional and industrial settings, GS-51 specifies performance, environmental, and health requirements such as concentration, reduced toxicity, biodegradability, and reduced and recyclable packaging.

The standard covers more than 20 product categories for conventional laundry and dry cleaning, including detergents, prewash products, spot removers, laundry additives, and fabric care products.