Prestigious award recognizes excellence in environmental leadership

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, an independent organization committed to protecting public health and the environment, has earned a 2011 Green Ribbon Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  NSF received the award, which recognizes excellence in environmental leadership, for its wide array of sustainable service offerings and its internal commitment to sustainability.

NSF International employs sustainable practices throughout its organization:

  • NSF undergoes regular water quality assessments to verify that no harmful pollutants are discharged into waterways.
  • NSF’s Drinking Water Treatment lab, which tests residential and commercial water treatment and filtration products, recycles more than 2 million gallons of water annually.
  • NSF encourages its employees to participate in the company’s sustainability initiatives. The NSF Sustainability Committee focuses on recycling, employee education programs and NSF’s own organic garden, which has donated more than 650 pounds of fresh produce to area food kitchens.
  • NSF practices regular recycling and waste reduction including employee education, purchasing recycled-content products and incorporating these practices into its policies.
  • NSF recycles more than 5,100 pounds of metals (copper, brass and stainless steel) annually.

To help recognize these internal efforts, NSF International has earned Silver LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council for its laboratory addition.  NSF also has earned Environmental Management System (ISO) 14001 certification, which demonstrates the organization’s overall commitment to environmental stewardship.

In addition to employing sustainable practices, NSF International offers services to help other companies become more sustainable.  These services include developing American National Standards for sustainable products (e.g. carpet, flooring and other commercial building materials) in addition to testing and certifying sustainable products (e.g. green chemicals and building products). NSF verifies environmental product claims and provides greenhouse gas verification, environmental footprinting and environmental management systems registrations.

Many companies that are registered or certified by NSF also earned the 2011 Green Ribbon Award including: American Cast Iron Pipe Co; Ameron International; East Jordan Iron Works; Flomatic Corporation; Georg Fischer Central Plastics, LLC; Griffin Pipe Products; Master Meter, Inc.; Neptune Technology Group, Inc; Orica Watercare, Inc.; PAX Water Technologies, Inc.; Performance Pipe; Severn Trent Services; Trojan Technologies; and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies.

“NSF International practices sustainability by reducing our own environmental impact, and this award exemplifies that commitment. Additionally, we are committed to helping other companies do the same by offering services in greenhouse gas verification, environmental management systems registration, environmental data analysis and sustainable product claims verification,” said NSF International President and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor.

NSF International will receive its green ribbon during AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE11) next month. 

Additional information on NSF International’s sustainability initiatives can be found at or contact John Arvay at or 734-657-4567.  You also can stop by booth #501 at ACE11 for more information.

About NSF International: NSF International has been testing and certifying products for safety, health and the environment for 66 years ( NSF’s mission is to protect human health and the environment through standards development and by providing inspection, testing and certification services for the food, water, build/construction, retail, food equipment, chemical, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical industries. 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 Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality systems management to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. NSF also founded the National Center of Sustainability Standards, a national initiative to support the development of sustainability standard activities.

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, dietary and nutritional supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).

CONTACT: Kelly Nichols
Phone: 734.827.6850