Raleigh, NC (October 21, 2016) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines the intent to conduct various collaborative efforts, including: data aggregation and similar applied research efforts of mutual interest, joint fundraising activities to fund research efforts, increased collaboration regarding industry education and enhancing the awareness of both organizations. The MOU will enable EREF and SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation (ARF) to support and complement each other’s efforts, with ARF focusing on applied research and its application to today’s solid waste management issues and EREF’s focus on more basic research conducted by some of the nation’s top universities.
Raleigh, NC (October 19, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has awarded a record of 12 scholarships to Master’s and Doctoral students across the United States and Canada.
Raleigh, NC (October 17, 2016) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to award the first Garbageman’s Invitational Master’s Scholarship, funded by Garbageman’s Invitational, to Serena Pozza, a master’s student at Yale University.
Raleigh, NC (October 14, 2016) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to award the inaugural Evergreen Surety Bond Scholarship, funded by Evergreen National Indemnity Company (Evergreen), to Gomathy Radhakrishna Iyer, a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Raleigh, NC (October 13, 2016) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) will hold its 2nd Fall Classic Poker Tournament on November 17 at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in The Woodlands, TX. The Poker Tournament will conclude the 2016 EREF Fall Classic & Networking Event which will take place November 16 and 17 at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands.
Raleigh, NC (October 12, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of the first Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability to Jillian Treadwell, who is currently a student at McGill University in the department of Bioresource Engineering.
Raleigh, NC (October 5, 2016) – The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) have completed an agreement to strengthen EREF’s funding of Canadian-based research and scholarships. EREF is currently one of the largest sources of funding in North America for research and scholarships for sustainable materials management.
Raleigh, NC (September 20, 2016) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) introduced its new Data & Policy Report “Municipal Solid Waste Management in the U.S.: 2010 & 2013” at the Waste360 Recycling Summit, held September 19 – 21, 2016 in Austin, Texas (www.waste360recyclingsummit.com).
The 2016 Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Fall Classic & Networking Event – to be held Thursday, November 17 at The Golf Trails of The Woodlands in The Woodlands, Texas – will be co-sponsored by Waste Connections and Waste Management. All proceeds from the tournament will support EREF’s mission to fund scientific research and educational initiatives to establish sustainable waste management practices.
This year, the tournament will be played on two courses, the Oaks and Panther, to accommodate more players.
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has developed the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) to quantify both food waste and related wastes (eg. recyclables, to landfill) generated in cafeterias at K-12 schools nationally.
Roughly 40% of food produced in America is thrown away which equates to nearly $165 billion worth of food each year.
SCrAP aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and gain an understanding of how this waste is managed both at the school and after it is hauled away.
Additionally, SCrAP could provide benefits to schools such as:
- Educating students/school staff regarding more sustainable waste management strategies,
- Reducing unnecessary food waste,
- Reducing food costs to schools, and
- Developing ways to better manage institutional food waste.