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May 2021

PFAS in Waste-derived Compost

May 13, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Youn Jeong Choi, PhD, Analytical Chemist, Purdue University Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)With companies and product manufacturers aiming to increase their “green footprints,” usage of compostable utensils, food packaging and containers continues to increase. When added to soil as an amendment, compostable materials, such as yard waste, food waste and compostable food packaging, can offer a number of benefits including improved soil tilth and decreased need for fertilizers. However, recent…

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June 2021

2021 EREF Annual Charitable Auction

June 16, 2021 - June 30, 2021
Las Vegas Convention Center Booth 551, 3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109 United States

The EREF Annual Charitable Auction offers companies a unique opportunity to showcase their products and demonstrate their dedication to sustainability and solid waste research. When You Participate in the Auction, You Support Research and Students Like Kameron King. Kameron is a PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her research focuses on investigating a more sustainable way to treat our waste by combining a thermal and biological process to increase renewable energy production.…

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August 2021

Electrical Leak Location (ELL) Workshop and Emerging Topics in Landfill Management Summit

August 31, 2021 @ 10:30 am - September 1, 2021 @ 4:30 pm EDT
Marriott Columbus University Area, 3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202 United States
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Brush up on Electrical Leak Location (ELL) before you attend the workshop! The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in collaboration with the Ohio Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and strategic partner – the Ohio EPA – have developed three ELL training sessions that will provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge and information to prepare attendees for the planning and implementation of ELL during Ohio landfill liner construction. Each session is led by an…

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October 2021

Storage Wars: Sequestering PFAS Using Polymer Chemistry

October 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Todd DeJournett, PhD, PE, Senior Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants Moderator: Craig Benson, PhD, PE, NAE, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison Geosyntec, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, is studying the use of commercially-available polymer flocculants to improve PFAS removal in landfill leachate management operations. Polymer flocculants are water-soluble polymers which cause particles to aggregate, making them easier to filter out of a liquid. While these polymers have previously been shown to bind PFAS to aquifer solids, like gravel or sand,…

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November 2021

How to (Accidentally) Destroy a Forever Compound

November 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Michael Wong, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Rice University Moderator: Craig Benson, PhD, PE, NAE, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-MadisonPer/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been detected in landfill gas and leachate due to their widespread applications in commercial, industrial, and household products, including surfactants, firefighting foams, and even drinking straws. In this Science Session, Dr. Michael Wong with Rice University will share how boron nitride and ultraviolet light can be combined to degrade PFAS compounds. Recently published research by Rice…

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2021 EREF Fall Classic & Networking Event

November 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - November 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm MST
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85054 United States

See Who Won! FALDO 1st Place: Shawn Devinney Larry Holmes Eddie Wyatt Cassidy Brauns 2nd Place: Mike Widner Steve Cowman Mitch Hoban Darrell Thompson Marshmallow Contest: Cassidy Brauns Airgun Contest: Mitch Hoban Longest Putt: Mike Widner Closest to the Pin: Brian Horvath Women's Longest Drive: Chris Wilson Men's Longest Drive: Cassidy Brauns PALMER 1st Place: Brian Butler James Wheeler Sean O'Brian 2nd Place: Robby DeHart Brad Berryman Eric Voss Marshmallow Contest: Richard Coupland Airgun Contest: Mike McLaughlin Longest Putt: Rich…

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December 2021

Future Tech: Treating PFAS using AC and DC

December 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speaker: Thomas Holsen, PhD, Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University Speaker: Yang Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President & CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)Disposing of leachate-containing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is one of the most pressing issues surrounding the operation of landfills today. PFAS have been used in many commercial and industrial products, including as coatings…

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May 2022

2022 EREF Annual Charitable Auction

May 10, 2022 - May 11, 2022
Las Vegas Convention Center Booth 551, 3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109 United States

EREF’s Annual Charity Auction offers companies a special opportunity to showcase their products and demonstrate their dedication to supporting credible scientific research in the waste management industry. Silent Auction Opens Virtually Wednesday, April 27 at 10:00 am PST Silent Auction Closes Wednesday, May 11 at 4:00 pm PST Open Bar Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00 pm PST Booth #551 Live Auction Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 pm PST Booth #551   Make a Difference & Participate: How YOU can show…

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September 2022

2022 Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium (ICLRS)

September 19, 2022 - September 20, 2022
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts : Asheville, 1 Resort Drive
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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The 2022 ICLRS is back in-person in Asheville, NC September 19 - 20, 2022! Online registration for this event has now closed. View 2022 ICLRS Agenda Event Information The ICLRS serves as the premier international meeting for an exchange of ideas among landfill researchers throughout the world!  In contrast to other meetings, the focus of this meeting is on leading-edge research covering all aspects of landfills. The objectives of the symposium are to (1) assemble the world’s leading researchers and…

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October 2022

2022 EREF Fall Classic & Networking Event

October 19, 2022 - October 20, 2022
The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N Millbend Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380 United States
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Thank you to our generous sponsors, supporters and everyone who participated in this event! Stay tuned for details on the 2023 EREF Fall Classic & Networking Event. Support a good cause and join us for a round of golf, networking and fun! The Fall Classic & Networking Event is a great opportunity to support research and education that enable innovation in sustainable waste management practices all while networking with executives. Proceeds support EREF’s mission of lighting a path toward a…

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