As I approached the Metro station this morning, I was greeted by a group of enthusiastic student types who challenged me to make a difference in my community.

“I already make a difference in my community,” I responded with a smile. They thanked me profusely. I was thinking of the volunteer work I do to promote adult literacy. But before I could take two steps toward the train that would bring me to work…work…I paused mid-step. I was now thinking of work—my paid work—at NEMA, where I also make a difference in the larger community.

At that moment I felt the jolt of ANSI Z535 Man

 

You know, the guy who takes the fall so that you don’t have to.

My primary cog in the NEMA wheel is to publish more than 500 standards and guides—safety, signaling, energy-efficient motors, innovative lighting, fire protection, industrial controls, transportation, wires and cables. They are all listed in the soon-to-be-published 2008-09 Electrical Standards and Product Guide.  

The difference NEMA makes, though, goes far beyond safety standards. I’m part of the bigger effort to promote high performance buildings, energy independence, smart grid, smart transportation, and medical imaging, here and abroad.

Now that's making a difference in my community.


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