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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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EREF to Hold Second Silent Auction

Raleigh, NC (March 12, 2012) – Exhibitors at WasteExpo 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Conference: April 30 – May 2, Exhibits: May 1 – 3) now have a unique way to drive traffic to their booths, while also giving back to the industry. The Environmental Research & Education Foundation’s (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction will be holding a Silent Auction, in conjunction with its Annual Live Auction, for the second consecutive year. Proceeds from the Auction will support EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices.

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EREF Awards Four Scholarships

Raleigh, NC – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of scholarships to one Master’s degree and three doctoral students. A Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers master’s scholarship was given to Theodore McMahan, Gannon University. A Riethmiller/PTR Baler doctoral scholarship was given to Dean Straub, Purdue University. Both the Stearns and Riethmiller scholarships are named in honor of the current EREF Board members and their companies. Doctoral candidates Richa Karanjekar, University of Texas at Arlington, and Dianjun Ren, University of Virginia, received EREF scholarships. Details on the scholars and their topics of research are described below.

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EREF Seeks New Board Member from Academia with Expertise in Sustainability

Raleigh, NC – The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is one of the largest sources of funding for sustainable solid waste research in the U.S.  EREF also provides scholarships to graduate level (Ph.D., MS) students with a collective vision to provide a clear path – through research and education – that translate ideas into action for sustainable waste management practices. Its mission is to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices to benefit industry participants and the communities they serve.

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