NSF International Launches Server Standard Process

NSF International has issued a Call for Participation for development of an Environmental Leadership Standard for Servers. The Green Electronics Council is collaborating with NSF International in this process, which will build on the work already completed by stakeholders on the Server Technical Committee.

We hope you will consider submitting an application for the Joint Committee, which is the consensus (or decision making) body in the NSF process. Applications are due by August 31. The work of the Joint Committee will begin in late September. There are also several other stakeholder participation options.

NSF International’s Call for Participation is provided below. We encourage your participation, as the NSF International process will be managed to meet the requirements of the EPEAT system. We also invite you to forward this information to anyone you think may be interested.

New Standard Development Process Launching for Servers, Now is Your Opportunity to Get Involved! 

NSF International in collaboration with the Green Electronics Council is forming a new NSF joint committee to develop an environmental leadership standard for servers. This new standard will be used to evaluate server products for listing on the EPEAT Registry.

This is an environmental leadership standard targeting computer servers, including managed servers and blade servers. This standard addresses multiple attributes and environmental performance areas including reduction of substances of concern, preferable materials use, energy efficiency, design for end of life, product packaging, product longevity, responsible end of life management, and corporate responsibility.

Stakeholder Participation Options

There are multiple opportunities to participate.  Please note that there are no membership fees required for participation. For additional details on these options see the document Stakeholder Participation Options.

  • Joint Committee Member (voting); see information below; application required
  • Joint Committee Observer (non-voting); please notify Jessica Slomka (contact information below)
  • Task Group Member and Observer (Joint Committee membership not required); Task Groups will be formed in the fall to develop criteria in performance areas, please notify Jessica Slomka (contact information below), if you are interested in future participation
  • Technical expert; may be invited to address the JC and TG on technical matters
  • Public Commenter; please notify Jessica Slomka (contact information below) to be added to the public comment distribution list

Joint Committee

The Joint Committee (JC) is the consensus body in the NSF standards development process, responsible for developing and approving proposed NSF standards. Similar to all of NSF’s standards development committees, membership will be balanced with representation from industry, environmental/public health and user categories. Applications are available for those interested in applying for voting membership on this committee. If you are interested in applying to participate as a voting member of the Joint Committee, please download and complete the application and return it to Jessica Slomka by August 31.  A bio or CV is also required with your submission.

Joint Committee (JC) members will be selected using the following considerations:

  • Need for active participation by each interest category;
  • Potential of dominance by a single interest category;
  • Extent of organization or company support on behalf of the applicant; and
  • JC size.

NSF posts stakeholder meeting notices on the NSF International Workspace for the public and sends email notices to the members and observers of the joint committee. Joint committee stakeholder meetings occur primarily via conference call and one to two onsite meetings at NSF International headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI per year.

Please see this document for additional information about the participation opportunities highlighted above.

We look forward to your support and participation in this important effort.


Contact  Jessica Slomka, Secretariat to Joint Committee on Environmental Leadership Standard for Servers, NSF International’s National Center for Sustainability Standards, jslomka@nsf.org or 734-214-6219.