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Applications Now Available for EREF Sustainable Solid Waste Management Scholarships

Raleigh, NC (February 12, 2013) – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating between $0.5 and $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 2013-2014 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 1, 2013.  EREF will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2013 and continue receiving applications through the deadline date of May 1, 2013.

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EREF Webinar to Focus on Post-Closure Care at MSW Landfills

Raleigh, NC (September 28, 2012) – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) will debut the Webinar portion of its Continuing Education program with a live course entitled “PostClosure of MSW Landfills: Development of a Performance-Based Approach,” to be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time.

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EREF Awards Four Scholarships

Raleigh, NC (September 7, 2012) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of scholarships to four doctoral students. A Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor doctoral scholarship was given to Kaitlyn Sniffen, Drexel University. The Riethmiller scholarship is named in honor of current EREF Board member Robert J. Riethmiller and his company. Doctoral candidates Stephanie Bolyard, University of Central Florida, Grace Schwartz, Duke University and Paige Wilson, Colorado State University received EREF scholarships. The award of these four scholarships brings the total number of active EREF scholars to 12. This is the largest number of active scholars EREF has had in its history. Details on the new scholars and their topics of research are described below.

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Evaluating Recycling Rates Provides a Missing Link to Sustainability

Raleigh, NC (August 13, 2012) – As part of efforts towards a more sustainable society, primary focus has centered on key areas of community infrastructure such as food, water, energy and managing wastes. While most of these areas of infrastructure acquire data to actively control and track these resources, managing solid waste has historically suffered from a lag in the availability of data, or a lack of data altogether. While in some cases data is being used from an operations standpoint, information such as the amount of waste generated or recycled, which guide operations, goal setting and policymaking, can take a year or more to become available.

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Waste Management and Waste Connections, Inc. to Co-Host the 2012 EREF Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Raleigh, NC (July 6, 2012) — The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) will be holding its 2012 Fall Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Hosted by Houstonbased Waste Management and The Woodlands-based Waste Connections, Inc., the tournament will take place on the Panther Trail Course at Canongate in The Woodlands, Texas. Proceeds from tournament will support EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices.

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