07 Apr '12, 12pm

First Ever Sustainability Protocol for North American Service Providers

First Ever Sustainability Protocol for North American Service Providers

The National Science Foundation International (NSF) has put together the first North American sustainability protocol, known as NSF P391: General Sustainability Criteria for Service and Service Providers. This new protocol will uphold standards never before seen for larger organizations and industries found throughout the U.S. in attempts to allow “organizations assess their internal practices, drive efficiencies, and attain a preferred status in their markets by achieving more sustainable operational practices”. Through life cycle assessments the protocol evaluates a provider in 3 ways: environmental impact (energy use and greenhouse gas emission), labor impact (health and safety, employment practices), and the social responsibility impact (community assessment), leading to 4 levels of sustainability that can be met: Conformant, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Once certif...

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