Jun 28, 2012

Harry E. Grenawitzke Earns 2012 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award

Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health

NSF Intl. and the National Environmental Health Assn. (NEHA) recently announced that Harry E. Grenawitzke, RS, MPH, DAAS, is the 2012 recipient of the Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. Grenawitzke received the award during NEHA's annual conference on June 28 in San Diego for his more than 40 years of significant and lasting contributions to the fields of public and environmental health at the international, federal, state and local levels.

The Snyder Award is given in honor of NSF Intl.’s co-founder and first Executive Director Walter F. Snyder and is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of environmental health.

Grenawitzke’s expertise and commitment to environmental health led to important roles in several public health organizations, including NEHA, the Michigan Environmental Health Assn. (MEHA), the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, the American Academy of Sanitarians and NSF Intl.’s Council of Public Health Consultants. His work in mentoring colleagues and developing innovative programs and standards that protect public health strengthened these organizations and has led to lasting improvements in environmental health.

As an active member of NEHA and MEHA since the 1970s, Grenawitzke served as chairman of several committees and was elected president of NEHA in 1989. He was well known for his ability to develop cooperative agreements between international communities and U.S. environmental health professionals, organizing the first cooperative conferences with Canada and England.

Grenawitzke’s personable and effective teaching and training skills have played a key role in his career. Starting in 1989, Grenawitzke became an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He also worked with university officials to develop the environmental health program at Central Michigan University.

In 1990, Grenawitzke joined public health and safety organization NSF to manage its auditing and training programs. He served in many leadership roles at NSF, including vice president of regulatory affairs and field services, a role that utilized his passion for environmental and public health policy. He also served on the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants, which advises the organization in the development of standards and environmental health programs.

Grenawitzke's expertise often was sought by international authorities. In 1988 and again in 1991, he joined a team of experts who viewed the Chernobyl disaster area at the request of Russian officials. After the investigation, Grenawitzke consulted with Russian scientists regarding the environmental health impacts that resulted from the nuclear accident. In 1992 and 1993, Harry visited Mexico City to highlight the role that harmonized standards could play in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Since 2003, Grenawitzke has worked as a public health consultant and food safety trainer. He works closely with the U.S. Department of Justice to elevate standards and living conditions at U.S. correctional institutions. He also teaches courses on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Safe Quality Food (SQF), internal auditing and NSF/ANSI Food Equipment Standards.