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373i1r2 NSC 373, Sustainability Assessment for Natural Diminsion Stone 5-6-2013

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More About the Standard

This Standard is intended to define Environmentally Preferable Manufacturing Practices (EPMP’s) for the quarrying and manufacture of dimensional stone products, and will establish baseline requirements for EPMP’s applicable to all stone manufacturers and processors. Specifically, the standard will define criteria that consider the social, environmental, and human health impacts associated with the dimensional, natural stone product life-cycle including but not limited to the quarrying and manufacturing life-cycle stages. Because stone is quarried in countries around the world, the scope of the standard will include both North American and International quarries and processing facilities, and will consider logistics and transportation issues during criteria development. When completed, the standard will assist in the determination of whether a dimensional stone product has been produced and transported in an environmentally preferable manner consistent with the principles of sustainability.

The standard will focus on North American based stone products and operations, but will be developed with the participation and cooperation of the international stone community and will be the basis for expanding to a proposed international-based ISO certification. Criteria will be established defining both environmentally preferable products and stone production operations.

NSF, NSC, and Ecoform sought volunteers for participation on this important Committee. The Committee is a balanced composition of stakeholders including stone industry, government, environmental advocacy, academia, green building and design, and other relevant groups. NSF International has been administering the committee in accordance with its ANSI-accredited standard development process.

The standard is being developed through an ANSI-based multi-stakeholder process, with an eye towards development of an ISO compliant standard with an international scope. The development process involved the creation of a core committee tasked with overseeing the development of draft criteria and performing technical research, and a larger group of stakeholders to review and ultimately approve individual criteria, a points system, implementation and the final standard.

If you or a representative of  your organization is interested in joining this effort, please contact  Ms. Mindy Costello, Standards Specialist-NSF International at mcostello@nsf.org or 734-827-6819.

About NSF International
NSF International (www.nsf.org) is well positioned to assist the stone industry in its goals of establishing consensus standards and a sustainability certification program for dimensional stone products. NSF International is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, third-party organization, and has been a leader in standards development, product testing and certification, education, and risk-management for the protection of public health and safety for over 60 years. While focusing on food, water, consumer products, and the indoor environment, NSF develops consensus national standards, provides third-party conformity assessment services, and provides learning opportunities through its Center for Public Health Education while representing the interests of all stakeholders. NSF is widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences. Its professional staff includes engineers, chemists, microbiologists, toxicologists, and environmental health professionals with broad experience serving the needs of both public and private organizations.

About Ecoform
Ecoform (www.ecoform.com) is the leading technical analysis company in the United States that focuses on the environmental performance of companies and their products and processes. Founded in 2006, but based on the combined 50 year history of its practitioners working through a variety of corporate and university organizations such as The University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean Products, the team brings a unique mix of skills to help your company achieve corporate environmental and social responsibility. Ecoform takes pride in its ability to work confidentially with leading corporations across multiple industry sectors to provide critical information that can be used to shape corporate policy. With Ecoform’s insight your company will be in a position to lower its environmental footprint, enhance its market brand and public perception, and often save valuable financial resources at the same time. Whether you need something as specific as a detailed product Life Cycle Assessment or as general as an overall corporate sustainability report, we can help.