Certification Program Open for Business
The Center for Sustainable Shale Development’s independent, third-party certification and verification program is now accepting applicants.
Learn More – January 21, 2014 Teleconference
CSSD’s Andrew Place discusses plans for audits of shale developers and the impact these audits could have on the regulatory discussion. Watch Video
Certification Process Overview
Certification is based on the Center’s 15 initial performance standards that were developed to reflect leading industry practices. Companies can seek certifications in Air & Climate, Water & Waste, or both, concurrently. The key components of the comprehensive verification and certification process include:
Verification and Certification
Audits and Reports
CSSD Certified Companies are required to adhere to CSSD’s 15 initial Performance Standards in the Appalachian Basin region, integrating CSSD’s publicly available leading practices into the company’s long-term continuous improvement process. Conformance to the standards is monitored through the life of the two-year certification period for each company.
Certification requires that program participants undergo a full re-certification audit every 24 months.
The Center’s standards are not intended to replace regulation. Its focus is to identify environmental stewardship areas where we can define standards that meet or exceed the requirements of existing regulation, and to ensure that companies that qualify for certification continue to maintain these standards.
CSSD has made a commitment to transparency by including public audit summary reports that were prepared by the independent certification auditor.
Public summary reports that detail individual review and evaluation audits can be found here. Click on the company name below to view the report in PDF format.