Award, given in honor of NSF International’s Co-Founder and first Executive Director Walter F. Snyder, recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association are pleased to announce that Harry E. Grenawitzke, RS, MPH, DAAS is the 2012 recipient of the distinguished Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. Grenawitzke will receive the award during the National Environmental Health Association’s annual conference on Thursday, June 28 in San Diego for his more than 40 years of significant and lasting contributions to the fields of public and environmental health at the international, federal, state and local levels.

The Snyder award is given in honor of NSF International’s Co-Founder and first Executive Director Walter F. Snyder, and is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health.

Grenawitzke’s expertise and commitment to environmental health led to important roles in several public health organizations, including the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and Michigan Environmental Health Association (MEHA), the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, the American Academy of Sanitarians, and NSF International’s Council of Public Health Consultants.  His work in mentoring colleagues and developing innovative programs and standards that protect public health strengthened these organizations and has led to lasting improvements in environmental health.

As an active member of the National and Michigan Environmental Health Associations since the 1970s, Grenawitzke served as Chairman of several committees and was elected President of NEHA in 1989. He was well known for his ability to develop cooperative agreements between international communities and US environmental health professionals, organizing the first cooperative conferences with Canada and England.

Grenawitzke’s personable and effective teaching and training skills have played a key role in his career. Starting in 1989, Grenawitzke became an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He also worked with university officials to develop the environmental health program at Central Michigan University.

In 1990, Grenawitzke joined public health and safety organization NSF International to manage their auditing and training programs. He served in many leadership roles at NSF, including Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Field Services, a role that truly utilized all of Harry’s passion for environmental and public health policy.  He also served on the NSF International Council of Public Health Consultants, which advises NSF in the development of standards and environmental health programs.

Harry’s expertise was often sought by international authorities. In 1988 and again in 1991, Harry joined a team of experts who viewed the Chernobyl disaster area at the request of Russian officials. After the investigation, Grenawitzke consulted with Russian scientists regarding the environmental health impacts that resulted from the nuclear accident. In 1992-93, Harry visited Mexico City to highlight the role harmonized standards could play in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Since 2003, Grenawitzke has worked as a public health consultant and food safety trainer. He works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to elevate standards and living conditions at U.S. correctional institutions. He also teaches courses on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Safe Quality Food (SQF), Internal Auditing, and NSF/ANSI Food Equipment Standards.

Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF International President and CEO, congratulates Harry on this well-deserved honor, “Harry Grenawitzke’s career achievements reflect the principles expressed by Walter F. Snyder and the public health mission of NSF International. His work as a celebrated public health advocate, trainer and consultant, as well as past work with local, federal, and international environmental health organizations, demonstrate his strong commitment to the promotion of public and environmental health. These accomplishments make him a very worthy recipient of the Walter F. Snyder Award.”

Grenawitzke received the 2007 Davis Calvin Wagner award from the American Academy of Sanitarians and the 2002 Walter S. Mangold Award from NEHA. With the addition of the Walter F. Snyder Award for achievement in the advancement of environmental health, he has earned the Triple Crown of Environmental Health awards.

“Harry Grenawitzke is a respected leader in both the public and private sectors of the environmental health field. He is also highly regarded and liked because he has mentored numerous environmental health professionals, helping them to realize their potential. His leadership in developing effective organizations and more responsive programs both in the field and in educational institutions, has made his contributions to professional improvement enduring. Harry is an inspiring model of professionalism and for this he is deserving of the Walter F. Snyder award,” said Nelson Fabian, Executive Director and CEO of NEHA.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

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

Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: 734-913-5723