Energy- and water-conservation efforts boosted by NSF certifications.

The city of Tallahassee, Fla. recently expanded its environmental management system registrations with NSF International Strategic Registrations as part of the city’s ongoing energy- and water-conservation efforts. By effectively managing and measuring environmental performance, the city saves over $1 million annually.            

Tallahassee’s environmental management system registration includes the city’s divisions of water quality, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment operations. NSF’s certification of these divisions to ISO 14001:2004 confirms the city has management systems in place to monitor, manage and improve environmental performance. ISO 14001:2004 provides guidance on how to manage the environmental aspects of an organization’s activities, products and services more efficiently, while taking into consideration environmental protection, pollution prevention and socioeconomic needs.            

Consequential benefits of the environmental management system include lower operating costs and reduced risks to the environment. As a result of obtaining these certifications, the city was able to increase its bond rating from AA to AA+.