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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 kpickurel@erefdn.org or visit the EREF Web site at www.erefdn.org 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 www.erefcontinuingeducation.org 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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EREF is a Charity of Choice for the First Annual Waste Industry Charity Golf Classic

Raleigh, NC (November 10, 2014) – 85 waste industry movers and shakers gathered recently for the first annual Waste Industry Charity Golf Classic at the beautiful Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay in Tampa, FL. Big Truck Rental and Environmental Solutions Group (ESG) partnered together on the event and raised a total of $39,000, of which $13,000 each went to benefit the United Way of Chattanooga (where ESG is based), the Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa (home to Big Truck Rental) and the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF).

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EREF Awards Three Research Grants for Solid Waste Research, Next Proposal Deadline is January 8, 2015

Raleigh, NC (October 28, 2014) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of three research grants for solid waste research.

EREF is the only private, grant making institution with a national and international scope whose sole mission is to support solid waste research and education initiatives. EREF’s research grants program is led by its Research Council, a body of volunteers consisting of technical experts in industry, academia and consulting. The work of the Council is guided by a long range strategic plan with the goal to achieve greater sustainability, good environmental stewardship, higher process efficiency and increased knowledge. Council recommended projects are then reviewed by EREF’s Board’s Projects Committee for a final review and funding allocation. Non-research oriented projects are reviewed and recommended to the Projects Committee by technical staff.

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EREF Awards Six Scholarships, Including the First Carl J. Apicella Scholarship

Raleigh, NC (September 24, 2014) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of the first Carl J. Apicella scholar as well as five EREF scholarships. The five candidates awarded the EREF scholarship are Ross Taggart, Duke University, Troy Hottle, Arizona State University, Oral Saulters, Indiana University, Stephanos Koullias, University of Massachusetts and Justin Roessler, University of Florida.

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EREF Receives Endowed Scholarship from Carl Apicella

Raleigh, NC (September 12, 2014) – The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce that Carl Apicella, President of American Environmental Group, a Tetra Tech Company, has funded an endowed scholarship for the EREF scholarship program. The EREF scholarship program awards and recognizes excellence in master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral solid waste management research and education. Existing EREF masters and doctoral awards are also made in memory of Francois Fiessinger, P.E., Ph.D., a graduate of Rutgers University, a founding director of the foundation, and additional scholarships were made possible by the late Robert P. Stearns, P.E., DEE of SCS Engineers, former Chairman of EREF and Robert J. Riethmiller of PTR Baler and Compactor Company. Last year EREF established the Waste Industries Scholarship Honoring Lonnie C. Poole, Jr., an EREF founder and Director Emeritus.

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