SURF was initiated in late 2006 to promote the use of sustainable practices during remedial action activities with the objective of balancing economic viability, conservation of natural resources and biodiversity, and the enhancement of the quality of life in surrounding communities. From our humble beginnings as a group of just 20 individuals, SURF now regularly communicates with over 700 green and sustainable remediation practitioners, has held dozens of meetings across the US, and inspired the creation of several sustainable remediation groups outside the US.
Faced with decades-old treatment programs with high resource needs and no endpoints in sight, SURF was the first to consolidate broad-based institutional knowledge into a exploration of sustainable remediation drivers, practices, objectives, and case studies. This groundbreaking White Paper was published in a special edition of the Summer 2009 Remediation Journal. SURF has continued to expand on the topics explored in the White Paper, publishing its Framework for Integrating Sustainability into Remediation Projects, Guidance for Performing Footprint Analyses and Life-Cycle Assessments, a compendium of metrics, and a call to improve the integration of land remediation and reuse. SURF’s current efforts focus on water reuse, the international perspective on sustainable remediation, and ways to capture and evaluate the societal benefits of contaminated site cleanup.
The mission of SURF is to maximize the overall environmental, societal, and economic benefits from the site cleanup process by:
- Advancing the science and application of sustainable remediation
- Developing best practices
- Exchanging professional knowledge
- Providing education and outreach
SURF members accomplish these objectives through volunteer working groups. Learn more about SURF Committees and Initiatives by clicking here.