ASTM International announced that it has established a new membership category for undergraduate and graduate-level students. The Student Membership category is available and is free of charge.

“Today’s college students are tomorrow’s technical experts,” said ASTM’s President James Thomas. “By offering students membership in ASTM, we can help them become knowledgeable in the subject of standards before they find themselves using standards in the workplace.”

ASID launches new green design Web resource

The American Society of Interior Designers has added a new section to its Web site dedicated to sustainable or “green” design. Sponsored by Interface, the URL for the “Sustainable Design Information Center” is The launch coincides with the premier environmental conference, EnvironDesign 7, which took place in Washington.

“As the oldest and largest professional association of interior designers in the world, ASID has a tremendous responsibility to educate its members, other professionals designing the built environment and the public on sustainable design,” said ASID President H. Don Bowden, FASID, AIA. “This new Web page is a great resource for interior designers so they can successfully incorporate green design practices and products in their projects. By putting green principles to work, interior designers can do their part to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The Sustainable Design Information Center provides visitors with a variety of resources to add to their sustainable design knowledge: green design tips for both commercial and residential interiors; definitions of common green design terms; helpful links to a wealth of other green design-related Web sites; biographies of members of the ASID Sustainable Design Council; a message board to stimulate on-line discussions on green design and to provide timely responses to queries on the subject; and more.

Additional information will be added on a regular basis.