Environmental Consulting

  • Overview
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Materials
  • Land
  • Delivery Model
  • Why Work With NSF?

Companies are essential to a sustainable future, and operating sustainably is essential for a company’s success. This symbiotic relationship underscores the necessity for an organization to have a deep understanding of its environmental impacts.

Organizations that heed the call for improved efficiency and resiliency are in the best position to prosper in a low-carbon and resource-constrained economy. Identifying and mitigating environmental risks leads to comprehensive strategies that reduce or contain costs, increase flexibility and capitalize on opportunities—even in a changing climate.

Whether you are looking for consulting services for a product, project, your facilities or within your supply chain, we can help. Our breadth of expertise and diversity of service offerings enables us to successfully engage with a broad range of industries, and become a resource for your corporate sustainability priorities across the areas of energy, water, materials and land.

Energy

According to the U.S. EPA, the production and use of energy accounts for more than 84 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Energy production and use is interconnected with many other aspects of business operations, such as water consumption, use of goods and services, transportation, economic growth and land use. Using energy efficiently helps organizations save money and conserve resources.

NSF can help you to measure, identify, prioritize and capitalize on data-driven and cost-effective sustainability opportunities for your energy-related needs.

Our energy consulting services include:

  • Sustainability assessments: Obtain a sustainability assessment or life cycle assessment (LCA) to identify opportunities for increasing energy efficiency and decreasing emissions for your products, processes and projects.
  • Energy analysis: Undergo an energy audit, alternative energy analysis or transportation assessment to identify cost-saving energy alternatives and efficiency improvements.
  • Reporting and benchmarking: Showcase your progress and priorities with our customized sustainability report using existing standards and frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CDP Climate Change and UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Inventories and footprints: Establish an emissions baseline through a GHG inventory or carbon footprint, and identify tailored reduction strategies.
  • Standards guidance: Work toward verifying your energy and GHG emissions initiatives through our guidance on standards and certifications including environmental and energy management systems, GHG verification and project validation, B corps certification and score improvement, and CDP climate change questionnaire and grade improvement.

Water

More than 97 percent of water on earth is salty and nearly 2 percent is snow and ice. That leaves less than 1 percent of water to grow crops, manufacture products, cool power plants and supply drinking and household water. Does your organization have a plan to address increasing water scarcity and energy costs associated with supplying water?

In many regions, a stable supply of good-quality water can no longer be relied on by companies to grow their business, and a large and growing number of investors and customers is expecting companies to respond and adapt. To remain competitive, companies must learn how to do more with less, and prepare for a future of intensifying competition for resources.

Our water consulting services include:

  • Sustainability assessments: Obtain a sustainability assessment or life cycle assessment (LCA) to identify opportunities for decreasing water consumption and determine potential water impacts for products, processes and projects.
  • Water analysis: Explore existing (or design new) water management policies and strategies to identify cost-saving alternatives, efficiency improvements and site-specific priorities.
  • Reporting and benchmarking: Showcase your progress and priorities with our customized sustainability report using existing water standards and frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CDP Water and UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Inventories and footprints: Establish a water consumption baseline through a water footprint, and identify tailored reduction strategies.
  • Standards guidance: Work toward verifying your water impacts and initiatives through guidance on standards and/or certifications including environmental (ISO 14001) or water footprint (ISO 14046) management systems, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard, water re-use certifications, B corps certification and score improvement or CDP water questionnaire.

Materials

Companies are looking to reduce their material impacts, and guidelines like the CDP and GRI are providing the framework and driving the expectation that companies transparently disclose environmental impacts in their operations and their supply chains.

Whether reducing municipal solid waste, implementing more responsible packaging choices or identifying renewable materials for products, companies that rely on plastics, metals, recyclables, paper, wood and other products have opportunities to implement solutions that address materials issues.

Our materials consulting services include:

  • Packaging assessments: Obtain a sustainability assessment or life cycle assessment (LCA) on current packaging materials to identify opportunities for decreasing impacts, find suitable alternatives and utilize materials more efficiently.
  • Site waste management: Undergo a waste audit to establish a baseline of current waste output and determine customized waste diversion policies (which may include recycling or composting programs, or zero waste strategies).
  • Reporting and benchmarking: Showcase your progress and priorities with our customized sustainability report using existing standards and frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CDP Climate Change and UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Textiles and chemicals: Evaluate current operations against industry standards and benchmarks, identify gaps and develop KPIs.
  • Standards guidance: Work toward verifying your water impacts and initiatives through guidance on standards and certifications including environmental management systems (ISO 14001), chain of custody (CoC) for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest (PEFC), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Textile Exchange Content Claims Standard, B corps certification and score improvement, landfill-free certification, electronic scrap certifications and biodegradable certifications.

Land

Our lands face significant global challenges. Climate change, population growth and shifts in land use impact crucial ecosystem services such as resource availability, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, migration patterns and soil health. Additionally, these ecosystem services are often tied to political stability, commercial development and broader human health.

Managing these risks requires the right strategies and policies, whether to ensure improvements to the physical environment or good animal welfare practices or to sustainably sourcing key raw materials to meet long-term business demands. These interventions can reduce risk and create significant opportunities for brand differentiation.

Our land consulting services include:

  • Sustainability assessments: Obtain a sustainability assessment or life cycle assessment (LCA) to better understand the potential direct and indirect land use and habitat depletion impacts resulting from your products, processes and projects.
  • Reporting and benchmarking: Showcase your progress and priorities with our customized sustainability report using existing standards and frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), CDP Climate Change and UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Management systems: Work toward improving your forest management policies and procedures through guidance on existing frameworks and standards, such as SFI, ATFS, FSC, CDP Forests questionnaire, B corps certification, landfill-free, ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and eWaste (R2, RIOS, e-Stewards).

Delivery Model

We assist companies and organizations at any stage in their sustainability journey—from planning and strategy to design and implementation.

  1. Plan: Solidify project objectives and identify key stakeholders
  2. Assess: Quantify impacts and assess progress
  3. Analyze: Determine mitigation strategies and policies
  4. Design: Create mitigation strategies and policies
  5. Deliver: Provide and implement recommendations

Separately, NSF also offers independent, third-party verification services.

Why Work With NSF?

Every business is unique. NSF’s consulting-led approach helps you develop sustainable strategies appropriate to your needs, through a process that considers:

  • The complexity of your operations
  • Environmental priorities
  • Progress made toward public commitments, corporate social responsibility or corporate strategy
  • Key stakeholder relationships and partnerships
  • How others have approached a similar challenge

We aim to become a strategic partner for companies striving to reduce their environmental burdens at the product/process, project, facility, and supply chain levels by offering services in key sustainability impact areas such as energy, water, materials and land. We work alongside companies to identify key risks and mitigation opportunities—regulatory or non—and provide a clear vision for how to set, surpass and communicate science-based sustainability targets to stakeholders. No matter what your level of readiness, NSF can help—from planning and strategy development to implementation and revision.

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