EREF Board of Directors Elects 2016 Officers, Expands Strategic Direction

The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the election of its 2016 Officers as well as its new and expanded strategic direction for the next five years. One of the Board’s primary goals is to substantially increase the amounts given in grants, scholarships and internships annually through several key objectives and by maintaining EREFs core strengths.

In order to accomplish this and other goals, EREF will make staffing adjustments in 2016 to provide sufficient bandwidth for the desired growth through the creation of two new positions: a Communications Coordinator and a Program Manager for Research and Scholarships.

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EREF Funds Research Project on Elevated Landfill Temperatures

Raleigh, NC (May 29, 2015) – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) has awarded a research grant for a project entitled “Understanding and Predicting Temperatures in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.” The principal investigators of the project are Craig Benson of the University of Virginia, Morton Barlaz of North Carolina State University, Marco Castaldi of The City College of New York and Scott Luettich of Geosyntec Consultants.

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EREF to Hold Regional Summit on Organics Management

Raleigh, NC (April 28, 2015) – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), in collaboration with the California Refuse Recycling Council (CRRC), will be holding a Regional Summit on Sustainable Solid Waste Practices & Research on July 16 – 17, 2015 at The Sheraton San Jose in Milpitas, CA. The Regional Summit will focus on Organics Management.

Suitable for executives, managers, technical personnel, regulators and consultants, EREF’s Regional Summits present key solid waste research findings and highlight impacts on practice as well as provide updates on legislative activities/policy as they relate to needed research.

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EREF Auction Provides Opportunity for WasteExpo Exhibitors to Increase their Visibility

Raleigh, NC (February 17, 2015) – The EREF Annual Charitable Auction, one of the most popular features of WasteExpo, will take place June 1-4, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the Environmental Research & Education Foundation’s (EREF) largest fundraiser, the auction has helped to raise more than $14 million to further EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices. The Auction not only supports EREF’s mission and efforts, but also provides a unique way for WasteExpo exhibitors to increase their exposure at the show.

Companies exhibiting at WasteExpo – and who are members of the National Waste & Recycling Association – are eligible to donate to the Live and/or Silent Auction. For more information or to donate, send an e-mail to or visit the EREF Web site at to download the donation forms.

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Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Raleigh, NC (January 27, 2015) – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

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Coal Ash Management a Key Funding Area of EREF Research

Raleigh, NC (December 29, 2014) – On Friday, December 19 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued rules regulating the disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) under Subtitle D of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In recent years, coal ash management has been a key funding area for the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in North America. A synopsis of these projects can be found at the links below.

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All EREF Online Solid Waste Courses are 25% Off Through December 31, 2014

Raleigh, NC (December 8, 2014) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is offering a special holiday discount on its online courses. The online courses are part of EREF’s Continuing Education program, which is designed to inform policymakers, practitioners and others about cutting edge research and solid waste m anagement practices via meetings and online continuing education. Online courses provide quality and beneficial content to members of the solid waste industry to improve and excel in their professional field. To receive a 25% discount on the registration fees for each course, industry members should visit and use the promotional code HOLIDAY.

EREF’s Continuing Education program offers courses in the following focus areas: landfills, recycling, special wastes, waste collection, waste diversion, waste reduction and waste to energy. Certificates of Completion will be provided to those who successfully take a course and successfully pass a brief quiz.

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