NSF International

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NSF International

NSF International

789 Dixboro Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
734.769.8010
www.nsf.org


Organization Overview

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides standards development, product certification, testing, auditing, education and risk management for public health and the environment.  Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF International for the development of public health standards and certification that help protect the world's food, water, health and consumer products.  Widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.  NSF operates more than 165,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space and serves companies in more than 150 countries worldwide.  Its 1,200-plus staff includes microbiologists, toxicologists, chemists, engineers, environmental and public health professionals.

 

Sustainable Business Practices

NSF International tests and certifies equipment, processes and materials relating to food, water and the environment.  In the process of testing certain consumer products, NSF uses a great deal of water. To offset this, NSF laboratory staff designed an innovative recycling system that cuts water use in half and uses significantly less energy.  As a result, NSF recycles, filters and reuses over 6 million gallons of tap water annually.  It has reduced annual electricity usage by 132,000 kilowatt-hours, and eliminated the need for 240 ion-exchange tanks and their transportation.

NSF's environmental management system is ISO 14001 certified, demonstrating its commitment to pollution prevention.  NSF has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the US Green Building Council for its 80,000 square-foot laboratory expansion project completed in 2007.  LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability in recognizing performance in key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.  NSF also recycles thousands of pounds of metals (copper, brass and stainless steel) every year.  In 2010, NSF received the Environmental Excellence Award from Washtenaw County’s Water Resource Commissioner’s Office.

 

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