Posted by Eric Tindall on Feb 07, 2019
At Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North Luncheon on February 7. 2019 Nikki Beetsch, from NSF International was the Keynote Speaker. Nikki, serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization’s Water, Sanitation Hygiene and Health group.
Founded in 1944, out of the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, NFS protects and improve global human health. Manufacturers, regulators and consumers look to NSF to facilitate the development of public health standards and certifications that help protect food, water, consumer products and the environment. As an independent, accredited organization, NSF test, audit and certify products and systems as well as provide education and risk management.
Nikki talked about the NSF Mark, she said, "The NSF certification mark on a product means that the product complies with all standard requirements. NSF conducts periodic unannounced inspections and product testing to verify that the product continues to comply with the standard."
NSF Mark
One service NSF International provides is Water and Wastewater Sanitation. They provide an extensive range of services for the water industry to help ensure the quality and safety of products in the marketplace. NSF’s water programs test and certify products for drinking water, pools/spas, plumbing, plastics and wastewater. 
Nikki talked about sustainability, she said, "There is more to sustainability than just "being green." Sustainability is about setting your business up for success by putting in place initiatives that focus on your employees and clients, the planet we live on and the bottom line." 
NSF practice what they teach. Nikki said, "NSF is committed in sustainability." NSF International demonstrate this by many sustainable practices throughout their organization including:
  • Undergoing regular water quality assessments to verify that no harmful pollutants are discharged into waterways.
  • Their drinking water treatment lab, which tests residential and commercial water treatment and filtration products, recycles more than 2 million gallons of water annually.
  • They encourage employees to participate in the company’s sustainability initiatives. NSF's Sustainability Committee focuses on recycling and employee education, and NSF's organic garden has produced more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce for donation to area food kitchens.
  • They practice regular recycling and waste reduction including purchasing recycled-content products and incorporating these practices into their policies. NSF recycle an average of 51,882 pounds of metals (copper, brass and stainless steel) annually.
NSF International has earned Silver LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council for its laboratory addition. NSF also has earned ISO 14001 environmental management system certification, which demonstrates the organization’s overall commitment to environmental stewardship.
Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North, is looking forward to working with Nikki and NSF and hopefully getting them into Rotary as members or/and a Corporate Membership.