ASTM International recently announced ASTM Committee E-60 on Sustainability has formed. This new standards development initiative results from the cooperative efforts of the U.S. EPA and cross industry stakeholders who share mutual goals for global sustainable development.

The committee is where diverse stakeholders will gather to create the consensus standards that will promote and integrate sustainable development across multiple industry sectors. The new committee will assemble published works of several ASTM technical committees that have developed standards that address various sustainability issues. Notable among these is the efforts of ASTM Subcommittee E06.71 on Sustainability, which has contributed several sustainability standards supporting the building industry.

Committee E-60 will coordinate the ongoing activities of E06.71, including a newly formed task group on Green Meetings and Events. E-60's initial scope will be driven by subcommittees on Building and Construction, Hospitality, and General Sustainability Standards. E-60 will also support and be a resource for other ASTM committees whose activities include sustainability issues.

The technical committee will hold its organizational meeting in April 2009 during the ASTM committee week in Vancouver, Canada. Direct feedback and comments to Pat Picariello, director of developmental operations, ASTM International. E-mail ppicarie@astm.org, or telephone 610-832-9720.