Tallahassee’s expansion of ISO 14001 environmental management procedures into other city operations improves its environmental performance and leads to lower operating costs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The City of Tallahassee recently expanded its Environmental Management System Registrations with NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd, as part of the city’s ongoing energy and water conservation efforts. By effectively managing and measuring environmental performance, Tallahassee saves over $1 million annually.

Tallahassee’s ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System registration now includes Tallahassee’s Divisions of Water Quality, Wastewater Collection, and Wastewater Treatment Operations. NSF’s certification of these divisions to ISO 14001:2004 confirms the City has management systems in place to monitor, manage and improve environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004 provides guidance on how to manage the environmental aspects of an organization's activities, products and services more efficiently, while taking into consideration environmental protection, pollution prevention, and socio-economic needs.

Consequential benefits of the Environmental Management System include lower operating costs and reduced risks to the environment. As a result of obtaining these certifications, Tallahassee also was able to increase its bond rating from AA to AA+.

“The City of Tallahassee’s Underground Utilities is proud to become one of the first mid-sized utilities in the State to achieve certification,” Mayor Marks stated when receiving the City’s certificate. “We’ve been saying for a long time that we’re willing to make the commitment to be environmental stewards, and to be part of the solution.”

The City's ISO 14001-registered wastewater treatment system is comprised of the Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility, the Lake Bradford Road Wastewater Treatment Facility, the Southeast Farm, and the Tram Road Reuse. Tallahassee also continues to measure success, improve internal and external communications and build relationships with regulatory agencies.

"Our Environmental Management System has been very important in helping us achieve our Strategic Business Goal of becoming even better stewards of the environment and in living our Vision Statement of ‘Setting the Standard for Excellence,’" stated Mike Tadros, the General Manager for Underground Utilities, in recognizing the staff members who helped implement the program.

"I congratulate the City of Tallahassee for earning registration to this international environmental standard,” said John Arvay, Director of Business Development for NSF International Strategic Registrations. “It was an honor to award the City with this expanded ISO 14001 scope certificate."

Learn more about the City of Tallahassee’s environmental policy.

About NSF International Strategic Registrations: NSF International Strategic Registrations offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace (www.nsf-isr.org). Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., with offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America, NSF-ISR performs audits and provides management systems registration for more than 6,000 organizations throughout the world. NSF-ISR provides ISO 9001, ISO 14001, RC14001®, ISO 13485, OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, AS9100, AS9110, AS9120, ISO 22000, B2/Dutch Feed, Chain of Custody (COC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) registrations.

Accredited by the American National Accreditation Board (ANAB), NSF-ISR is recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to provide ISO/TS 16949 registrations. NSF-ISR is also accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to offer greenhouse gas verification and COC certification.

NSF-ISR’s parent company, NSF International, is an independent, public health and safety 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). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

Additional NSF services include sustainability services through NSF Sustainability, NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, and testing and certification for food equipment, drinking water system components/treatment chemicals, nutritional supplements and consumer products.

Greta Houlahan
NSF International

Bill Behenna, Communications Department
City of Tallahassee