Dru Meadows, principal at theGreenTeam Inc. in Tulsa, Okla., was awarded third prize in the 2007 ASTM International Advantage Award paper competition. The contest called for original case studies that demonstrated the impact and benefits of the use of ASTM standards.
Meadows' winning paper, "ASTM Standard Breaks Barriers to Global Sustainable Development," described the importance of ASTM Guide E 2432 in addressing the critical issue of sustainability in the building industry. ASTM E 2432, Guide for General Principles of Sustainability Relative to Buildings, standardizes the concept of sustainability, bringing it from political and environmental arenas into the marketplace. It is precedent-setting internationally - the first such mainstream, international standard. Implementation of the concept of sustainability is one of the most critical imperatives of our generation. Without a standard such as ASTM E 2432, discussion of sustainable development likely would remain just that - discussion.
An ASTM International member since 1994, Meadows is active in Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, where she serves on several subcommittees and is chair of Subcommittees E06.71 on Sustainability and E06.92.17 on ISO/TC59/SC17 - US TAG. She is a also a member of Committees D22 on Air Quality; E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate; E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action; E53 on Property Management Systems; and E54 on Homeland Security Applications.
A graduate of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where she earned a bachelor's degree in architecture, Meadows has been with theGreenTeam Inc. since 1998. theGreenTeam Inc. is a strategic environmental consulting firm specializing in building industry issues and sustainable development. Meadows provides consultation for new product development and for building programs on environmentally-sensitive, sustainable design and construction in the field of "green building."
In addition to ASTM International, Meadows is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, Green Building Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, the International Organization for Standardization, the Oklahoma Recycling Association, Oklahoma State University Environmental Institute, Production Emission Testing Laboratory and the U.S. Green Building Council.
"ASTM Standard Breaks Barriers to Global Sustainable Development" can be found on the Web at http://www.astm.org/SNEWS/NOVEMBER_2007/meadows_nov07.html.