Description of Standard
Benefits of the Standard
With interest in sustainability increasing in the market place, it is difficult for investors, companies and organizations, procurement programs, and consumers to evaluate and compare the sustainability profiles of companies and organizations. By providing a third-party metric for measuring sustainability achievements, the Sustainable Organizations Standard will make it easier to evaluate and compare the sustainability of organizations. This will generate competition just as the US Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System has energized competition among companies and organizations on the relative levels of sustainability of their buildings. By providing clear, practical metrics for sustainability in buildings with third-party verification, the LEED rating system has created a booming sustainable building industry. Likewise the Sustainable Organization Standard will provide the language of commerce for the sustainability of companies and organizations.
Leonardo Academy is an ANSI accredited standard developer. We are following the ANSI standard development procedures, which require openness and transparency in conducting the standard development process. The process includes both standard development by a multi-stakeholder committee, as well as a public comment period. The application period for committee membership runs from June 8, 2010 to August 31, 2010. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for future openings on the standard development committee and for participation in the subcommittees. Additional openings are dependent on the need for expertise in critical areas. Please contact Leonardo Academy to receive an application.
There are many ways to participate in the Sustainable Organizations Standard development process:
(2) Apply to be a member of the standard development committee or subcommittees, or apply to be a process observer
(3) Sign up to participate in the pilot program for the draft standard
(4) Make a charitable donation to support the standard development process. Leonardo Academy is a charitable (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization so your contribution is tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
Leonardo Academy standard development committees are made up of members that represent four interest categories:
(1) Companies and organizations that will follow the standard to make their companies or organizations sustainable,
(2) Companies and organizations that will use the standard to specify the level of sustainability they want from the companies and organization they do business with,
(4) General Interest which includes government, academia, and others.
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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization (501)(c)(3) that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Leonardo Academy is an ANSI (www.ansi.org) accredited standards developer. This project ahs been announced through the ANSI Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) and will be carried out in accordance with Leonardo Academy’s ANSI approved standard development procedures