The Leonardo Academy has outlined goals for the next phase of drafting sustainability metrics that the group hopes to have in hand by April next year.

The first remote quarterly meeting of the committee was Aug. 25, and the group passed a motion to hold three conference call meetings in addition to the annual face-to-face meeting to increase the progress of developing sustainability metrics, according to a press release from the group.

Committee chairman Brian McElroy, organic supply manager for Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, said in the release that 30 participants took part in the conference call. Other interested individuals are welcome to join subcommittees to contribute to the work, he said.

“Now is the time for all those interested in sustainable agriculture to get involved,” he said in the release. “We continue to work toward finishing a draft standard for public review by April 2012.”