Guidance for Certifying to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

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This series provides guidance for quarriers and producers who are in the process of certifying to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard.

  • Receive an overview of the documentation that is required to achieve this section.
  • Preview data collection templates.
  • Obtain useful tips and examples for completing this section properly and efficiently.

It covers the following sections: 

  • Chemicals
  • Water
  • Land Reclamation & Adaptive Reuse
  • Site Management
  • Transportation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Human Health & Safety
  • Energy
  • Excess Process Materials & Waste
  • Innovation

To learn more, visit https://naturalstoneinstitute.org/sustainability.

Courses in Guidance for Certifying to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard
  • PR140: An Overview of the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard

    Learn why natural stone quarriers, fabricators, and distributors should certify to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard. Get a high level overview of the process including document review, on-site audit, and the resources available for companies to complete each step.

  • PR247: Chemicals: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Chemicals section contains the following credits:

    Chemical Inventory (required)

    Chemical Management Program (required)

    Additional Chemical Management Program

    Elimination of Chemicals of Concern

  • PR240: Water: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Water section contains the following credits:

    Water Reduction Planning (required)

    Water Recycling

         Required: A minimum of 25% of the water accounted for in the water inventory for processing and quarry operations shall be captured and recycled

         Optional: 85%+

         Optional 95%+

    Enhanced Water Treatment (required)

         Optional: Diversion of 50%+ of sludge

         Optional: Input water sourced from rainwater, grey water, or other nonpotable source

              25-49%

              50-74%

              75%+

  • PR244: Corporate Governance: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Corporate Governance section contains the following credits:

    Prohibition on Forced Labor (required)

    Prohibition on Child Labor (required)

    Prevention on Discrimination (required)

    Community Outreach/Service (required)

    Social Accountability (required)

  • PR243: Land Reclamation & Adaptive Reuse: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Land Reclamation & Adaptive Reuse section contains the following credits:

    Post Closure Reclamation Plan (required)

    Community Involvement

    Exemplary Site Closure

  • PR242: Site Management: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Site Management section contains the following credits:

    Site Management Plan (required)

    Ecosystem Boundaries (required)

    Environmental Impact Assessment

    Verification of Site Management Plan

  • PR241: Transportation: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Transportation section contains the following credits:

    Chain of Custody (required)

    Transportation Management Plan (required)

  • PR248: Human Health & Safety: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Human Health & Safety section contains the following credits:

    Occupational Safety Plan (required)

    Optional: Improved workplace safety using data for less injuries or illnesses

    Air Emissions Inventory (required)

    Air Emissions Management Plan (required)

  • PR245: Energy: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Energy section contains the following credits:

    Energy Inventory (required)

    Energy Management Program (required)

    Total Energy Reduction

    Carbon Management

    Renewable & Alternative Energy Sourcing

  • PR246: Excess Process Materials & Waste: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Innovation section of the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard contains the following credits:

    Excess Materials Inventory (required)

    Excess Materials Reduction Plan (required)

    Demonstrated Excess Process Materials Reduction

    Demonstrated Solid Waste Reduction

  • PR249: Innovation: Document Review Guidance for the Sustainability Standard

    The Innovation section of the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard contains the following credits:

    Health & Safety

    Transportation

    Waste Reclamation or Reuse

    Energy Conservation