The workshop on May 17-18 is hosted by Michigan State University in collaboration with NSF International and the Northwestern University Buffett Institute, and sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sustainability is a significant and growing area of focus for U.S. industry, confronting increased materials and energy costs and heightened expectations from customers, investors and communities to address environmental and societal needs. A recent McKinsey survey of industry executives reported that “Sustainability is becoming a more strategic and integral part of their businesses.” Accordingly, companies are seeking ways to measure, verify, benchmark, communicate and guide usage and impact across full product life cycles and complex production and distribution systems and supply chains.

This upcoming industry-academic workshop will explore the nature and potential of technical standards to support sustainable solutions to the challenges industry is facing as well as strategies to stimulate increased attention to standards-in-teaching.

NSF International was selected to participate in the workshop based on our work with leading regulators, scientists, engineers, public health and environmental health professionals, and industry representatives to develop transparent, science-based standards, protocols and product category rules (PCRs). Through our National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), NSF International has created PCRs, verified environmental product declarations (EPDs) and developed animal welfare and sustainability standards for product categories such as down, chemicals, building products and materials, and water quality. NSF International’s sustainability services include a range of standardized and proprietary methods of measuring sustainability for organizations, products, processes, supply chains and services.

The one-and-a-half day program builds on regional workshops conducted at Northwestern University, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh, Georgetown University and Harvard. These focused on smart systems, smart manufacturing and related supply chain issues, cybersecurity, globalization and the digital economy and each drew some 50 very actively engaged participants from multiple schools, companies, industry associations and government agencies.

If you are interested in attending, register on the NIST website

Date: Wednesday, May 17 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Thursday, May 18 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Location: Michigan State University, Henry Center for Executive Development, East Lansing, MI