Bruursema brings experience from NSF’s water and wastewater certification services
NSF Intl. promoted Tom Bruursema to general manager of NSF Sustainability.
In this role, Bruursema will lead the growing portfolio of NSF Sustainability services, which assist organizations in greening their products, operations, systems and supply chains. These services include standards development through the National Center for Sustainability Standards founded by NSF in 2010. NSF develops lifecycle-based, multi-attribute sustainability standards for green products and services, including building products and materials, furniture, carpet and flooring, fabrics, wall coverings, roofing membranes, green chemicals, and water and wastewater infrastructure.
Additional services through NSF Sustainability include environmental claims testing and verification; certification of green products such as water systems, consumer products, chemicals and construction and building products; and process verification services such as greenhouse gas verification, e-waste recycling certification, environmental foot-printing and other environmental management systems registrations.
Bruursema has 25 years of experience in the fields of sustainability, environmental technology and water systems. Prior to his new appointment, Bruursema managed the NSF testing and certification program for onsite wastewater treatment technologies. In this position, he led the development of the American National Standards for water reuse treatment technologies, which are crucial for regions affected by increasing water scarcity.
Bruursema also led the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Units Certification Program, as well as NSF’s Environmental and Research Services, which have developed evaluation methods for a wide range of innovative products and environmental technologies. These include protocols for evaluating rainwater catchment systems, composting toilets, and eco-efficiency analyses used to quantify the environmental and economic performance of products and processes. Additionally, Bruursema helped launch other environmental services, including a testing program that verifies biodegradability and compostability claims of plastic products.
Bruursema holds a Master of Science degree in biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to his NSF role, Bruursema serves as chair of the Water Quality Assn. International Standards and Regulations Task Force and is a former board member of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Assn.