FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
From left to right: Jeff Krcmarik, Environmental Supervisor, Washtenaw County Department of Environmental Health; Robert Robke, NSF International Quality and Safety Specialist; Janis Bobrin, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner. Click image to enlarge.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Washtenaw County, Mich., Water Resource Commissioner’s Office and Environmental Health Division has named NSF International, a not-for-profit organization committed to protecting public health and the environment, the recipient of its 2010 Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Award.
The Washtenaw County Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizes businesses and non-profit organizations that have implemented environmentally-sound practices in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction, recycling and pollution prevention.
NSF was selected for this award as a result of its outstanding work with the county Waste Knot program, the Community Partners for Clean Streams program and the Pollution Prevention Program:
NSF practices sustainability throughout its own operations. NSF International earned Silver LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council for its 80,000 square foot laboratory addition in 2007. NSF has recycled more than 5,100 pounds of metals (copper, brass and stainless steel) so far this year.
NSF encourages its employees to participate in the company’s sustainability initiatives. A group of employees formed the NSF Sustainability Committee in 2008, which develops sustainability programs within NSF, including recycling, employee education programs and NSF’s own organic garden, which raised more than 550 pounds of food donated to area food kitchens in 2009.
“We are honored to receive the Environmental Excellence Award from Washtenaw County. NSF offers services that help others protect the environment, but we also practice sustainability right here in our own hometown. We are committed to helping protect and preserve these vital natural resources by reducing our own environmental impact and this award demonstrates that commitment,” said Robert Robke, NSF International Quality and Safety Specialist, who accepted the award on behalf of NSF at the October 6th Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners’ Ways and Means Board meeting.
NSF is widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the environmental and health sciences. In addition to NSF’s work in food, drinking water and consumer product safety, NSF’s Sustainable Service Division provides a wide range of sustainability solutions. NSF develops standards for sustainable products such as carpet, flooring, and other commercial building materials and also tests and certifies sustainable products such as green chemicals and building products. Additionally, NSF verifies environmental product claims and is a leading provider of process verification services, which include greenhouse gas verification, environmental footprinting and environmental management systems registrations.
For additional information on NSF International’s sustainability efforts, visit www.nsfsustainability.org.
About NSF International: Founded in 1944, NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit public health organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Operating in more than 120 countries, NSF is committed to protecting public health worldwide and is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International’s Sustainability Program focuses on three areas: product assessment, standards development and process verification. Product assessments include testing and certification for sustainable products such as green chemicals and building products. NSF also develops standards for sustainability products such as carpet, flooring, and other commercial building materials. NSF International is a leading provider of process verification services, which include greenhouse gas verification, environmental footprinting, and environmental management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001).
Additional services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).