The United Voice of the Natural Stone Industry
What Makes Stone Sustainable?
The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard examines and verifies (through a third party) numerous areas of stone production; effectively improving the baseline for the environmental performance of natural stone. Learn more about what makes natural stone sustainable:
water energy custody & transportation chain of custody chemicals & materials excess material innovation site management land reclamation human health & safety corporate governance
The Natural Stone Sustainability Standard has been established through ANSI, which is administered by the NSF. It is recognized by US Green Building Council (USGBC) with LEED v4 through the Sourcing of Raw Materials credit. The Living Building Challenge also recognizes the standard in the Material Petal, Responsible Industry.
Genuine Stone® is defined as stone which has been harvested from its in situ position within the earth’s crust and fabricated without altering the natural fabric of the material. This includes, but is not limited to: granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate, quartzite, sandstone, and onyx.
This does NOT include: engineered quartz surfaces, manufactured stone veneer, or other artificial building materials.
Cambria, Lapitec, Silestone, Caesarstone, Dekton, Neolith and other brand names may contain natural materials, but they do not fit our definition of Genuine Stone®.
If your material fits the Genuine Stone® definition, and you are a member of one of our affiliate organizations, you are welcome to use the logo in your marketing collateral.
About the Natural Stone Council
The Natural Stone Council is a collaboration of businesses and trade associations that have joined forces to promote the use of natural stone in commercial, residential, government, institutional, educational and all types of applications interior and exterior.
The Natural Stone Council is an ‘association’ of associations that share common values associated with the promotion of natural stone through the use of the Genuine Stone® brand. Find out who is involved as an affiliate organization.