SURF Meetings:

SURF Spring 2019 Meeting – San Diego, California

In partnership with the 29th Annual International Conference on
Soil, Water, Energy, and Air
March 18-21, 2019

Program will be available in December 2018.


SURF Fall 2019 Meeting – Amherst, Massachusetts

In partnership with the 35th Annual International Conference on
Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
October 21-24, 2019

The call for abstracts will be published in December 2018.
The deadline to submit an abstract will be February 8
, 2019.


SURF is pleased to partner with the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS). SURF will be a visible participant at AEHS conferences through special sessions, technical presentations, a booth, and co-location of our annual business meetings. Learn more about AEHS at


Request for Sustainable Remediation Case Studies:

Help SURF catalogue case studies that demonstrate sustainable remediation implementation and exemplify the nexus of environmental, social, and economic aspects of a project.

If you have been involved in a project that incorporates elements of sustainable remediation, please consider preparing a case study for submittal to SURF’s Technical Initiative team.

For a copy of SURF’s case study template ==> click here

Completed case studies and questions about the initiative may be directed to the CSI team at

Please note that case studies with “green washing” or strong commercial messages will not be accepted by SURF.


Help SURF Measure the Value of Sustainable Remediation

SURF is currently working on a technical initiative in order to better understand the value that sustainable remediation (SR) brings to the remediation community. To better understand this, we have created the following survey to gather feedback on SR from a diverse group of stakeholders, including those who may not be familiar with using or considering SR practices.  Once polling is complete, SURF will prepare a summary of the survey findings. Please be aware that respondents’ name and company affiliation will remain confidential. This survey should take approximately 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will ultimately help SURF better communicate the value of SR practices throughout the environmental remediation industry.

SR Value Survey

Please feel free to distribute the survey link to others that you work with in order to help us broaden our reach of participants. 

We respectfully request that you complete the survey by Friday, September 22nd.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Healy, the leader of this technical initiative, at


Join SURF at the National Adaptation Forum - May 11th, 2017

National Adaptation Forum - Action Today for a Better Tomorrow
May 9-11, 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Please join us on 11 May for SURF’s inaugural session at the National Adaptation Forum. The National Adaptation Forum (NAF), a premier gathering of the adaptation-minded, focuses on issues of the day - established and emerging.

SURF will facilitate a working session on our technical initiative: Climate Change and Resilience within Sustainable Remediation.  A public/private sector team is currently evaluating the planning, research, and activities needed to (1) ensure the long-term sustainability of site remediation from climate change impacts, and (2) examine the benefits of rehabilitated land to strengthen community and ecosystem resilience. 

Meeting this challenge will involve a holistic approach incorporating scientific, engineering, social/economic, and ecosystem disciplines.  The National Adaptation Forum provides a perfect venue for discussing and developing this holistic approach.
SURF’s working session will build on the 2016 webinars co-hosted with the NAF and highlight technical initiative progress, including:

  • Federal and state regulatory requirements and priorities for climate change
  • Consideration of all aspects of site remediation to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience
  • Redevelopment impacts & benefits
  • Social equity

SURF’s working session at the NAF will help advance the science and application of sustainable remediation in the face of climate change impacts.

Hope to see you in St Paul!  For more information, please contact Barbara Maco, SURF Vice President.


New NWETC Webinar - Introduction to Sustainable Remediation

The Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) and Sustainable City Networks present a 3-hour webinar (1.5 hours per day over 2 days), during which experienced practitioners from the US Sustainable Remediation Forum ("SURF") will define sustainable remediation and its application to reduce the environmental footprint of remediation projects while also benefiting the surrounding community and its economy.

The live Webinar will be held on April 18-19, 2017, 10:00am-11:30am PST (1:00pm-2:30pm EST)

NOTE: Both sessions will be recorded, and available to registered attendees anytime.

For more information and to register, click the link here:




SURF Case Study Series :: Upper Tenmile Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Learn about the reclamation of a 53 square mile area consisting of several abandoned mines in this case study featured on the SURF Case Study database. The project utilized several GSR BMPs to reduce trucking footprints and the end use of the site provides recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts in the area. Click here to read the full case study summary. 

Do you have a project that highlights a sustainable remediation strategy or achievement of triple bottom line objectives? Submit a case study using our template and email it to the Case Study Initiative Team (



Please congratulate and welcome our newly elected (or re-elected) SURF Trustees:

  President - John Simon, Gnarus Advisors LLC
  Vice President - Barbara Maco, Wactor & Wick LLP
  Secretary - Lindsay Burton, Exxon Mobil
  At-Large - Paul Hadley, (retired) DTSC
  At-Large - Erin Healy, Anchor QEA
  At-Large - Mike Smilley, Golder Associates

These trustees will join Treasurer Keith Aragona and At-Large Trustees Colleen Liddell and Gerlinde Wolf, serving the second year of their 2-year terms.

Many thanks to the SURF members who nominated others or were nominated for the Board, as well as Trustees who are completing their terms this month: Secretary Tammy Rabideau and At-Large Trustees Kristin Mancini and Rick Wice. SURF is extremely grateful for your dedication to the organization and to sustainable remediation.