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January 2020

2020 EREF Annual Charitable Auction

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

The EREF Annual Charitable Auction offers companies a unique opportunity to showcase their products and demonstrate their dedication to sustainability and waste industry research. For over 25 years, the generous donations and support of EREF's Annual Charitable Auction, programs and other events has helped the Foundation become one of the LARGEST sources of funding for solid waste research in North America. Since 1994, the Auction has raised more than $22 million to help further support EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific…

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February 2020

New Project Kickoff – North Carolina State University

February 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST


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New Project Kickoff – University of Texas – Austin

February 21, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST
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Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) 2020

February 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - February 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm EST

February 23-26, 2020 Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 44600 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CaliforniaStrategic Partner: The Global Waste Management Symposium is your source for current waste industry research pertaining to all facets of the industry. GWMS only comes around every 2 years - you don't want to miss this! The Seventh Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) will serve as a forum for the presentation of applied and fundamental research, case studies, and policy analysis on solid waste and materials management.…

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September 2020

2020 Fall Classic & Networking Event

September 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - October 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm EDT
Pinehurst Resort, 80 Carolina Vista Drive
Pinehurst, NC 28374 United States

Congrats to Our Winners! Click here for a PDF of EREF's COVID-19 response. Thank You to Our Sponsors Refund Policy If circumstances require the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) to cancel the event, you will receive a full refund of registration fees. Refunds for registrations are available (less a 4% processing fee for payments made via credit card) up to three weeks prior to the event.  Requests for refunds given within three weeks of the event are eligible to…

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January 2021

In the Room When It Happened: Industry Perspectives on PFAS

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speakers: Joe Benco, PE, Director, Engineering, Republic Services Samuel Nicolai, PE, Vice President of Engineering & Compliance, Casella Waste Systems David Pepper, Vice President, Post Collections for US Solid Waste Operations, GFL Environmental Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)In recent years, the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on human health and the environment have become a topic of concern for both the waste industry and the general public. Significant information…

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February 2021

Unnatural Selection: Evolution of PFAS Policy

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speakers: Anne Germain, PE, COO and SVP of Regulatory Affairs, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) Sean McGinnis, Partner, The COEFFICIENT Group Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)While research is still needed to fully understand the impacts and treatment methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), regulations have been implemented at the federal, state and local level to manage these man-made chemical compounds. What are these regulations and how do they impact the…

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Weighing the Options: Current Strategies for Managing PFAS in Leachate

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speaker: Stephanie Bolyard, PhD, Research and Scholarship Program Manager, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Moderator: Liz Bothwell, Head of Content and Marketing and NothingWasted! Podcast Host, Waste360The treatment of PFAS has been a topic of discussion among the solid waste industry for the last few years, which has led to the development of the EPA’s interim guidance for PFAS management. There have been numerous presentations and articles that touch on currently available technologies, or “off-the-shelf” options, as well as…

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March 2021

Rock Solid: Evaluating Solidification of PFAS in RO Concentrate

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speakers: Paul Ruehl, U.S. Environmental Remediation Specialist, LafargeHolcim Ryan Schipper, PE, Senior Engineer, Golder Associates Patrick Stanford, General Manager, Rochem Americas, Inc. Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) present a challenge for typical treatment strategies and technologies due to their strong chemical bonds and our limited knowledge of the nearly 5,000 types of PFAS. As a result of these strong bonds and their resistance to breaking down, they…

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April 2021

Emerging Contaminants in Organics

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Jean MacRae, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maine While a number of strategies exist to recover food waste, such as anaerobic digestion and composting, they aren’t without challenges – one of which is contamination. Contamination comes in different forms, such as inappropriate materials (e.g. plastic, glass) or emerging contaminants (e.g. PFAS) and leads to a low quality final product, problems for facilities and environmental challenges. Although significant attention has been given to traditional non-degradable contaminants, such as plastic and…

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