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.


SURF 33 :: Call for Abstracts

Sustainable Remediation:
What We've Learned and Where We're Going

October 19-20, 2016
Boeing's Washington DC Office | Arlington, Virginia

Call for Abstracts:

This conference will focus on sustainable remediation successes, failures, and improvements at the project, program, and organizational level, as well as innovative and new remediation strategies that support sustainable remediation.  SURF welcomes presentation and panel discussion proposals on these topics and others that fit with the meeting theme.

Abstract submissions will be accepted until midnight August 12, 2016. 

Contact Kristin Mancini, SURF Meetings and Programs Chairwith any questions or to submit an abstract.  Keep an eye on for updates as they develop, including registration, agenda, and speaker announcements.

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Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies

New report from the National Academies Press:

Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies analyzes the risks, costs, and benefits on various uses of graywater and stormwater. This report examines technical, economic, regulatory, and social issues associated with graywater and stormwater capture for a range of uses, including non-potable urban uses, irrigation, and groundwater recharge. Using Graywater and Stormwater to Enhance Local Water Supplies considers the quality and suitability of water for reuse, treatment and storage technologies, and human health and environmental risks of water reuse. The findings and recommendations of this report will be valuable for water managers, citizens of states under a current drought, and local and state health and environmental agencies.


Strategic Considerations for the Sustainable Remediation of Nuclear Installations

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) formed the Task Group on Nuclear Site Restoration, involving nuclear operators, experts and regulators, to review the strategic aspects of nuclear site remediation. This report describes the concept of sustainable remediation of contaminated land and groundwater in the context of the decommissioning of nuclear sites. The report was prepared by the Task Group on Nuclear Site Restoration. Members of the group previously prepared a report in 2014 titled, Nuclear Site Remediation and Restoration during Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations: A Report by the NEA Co-operative Programme on Decommissioning. 

The new 2016 report can be viewed or downloaded at The 2014 report is available at


SURF Case Study Series :: Once the world's largest landfill, you won't believe what happens next!

Fortunately, SURF is here to tell you:

At its peak, the former Fresh Kills landfill in New York accepted 29,000 tons of waste per day during its 55 years as a disposal site. Today it is home to 130 acres of freshwater and tidal wetlands, a 2,200 acre park, facilities for the arts and science research, and a methane harvesting program that supplies energy to 10,000 homes. This project highlights how community activism and political will can come together to address local and global concerns with a solution that benefits the community, environment, ecosystem, and economy.

The case study profile provides additional details and links to more information. Find this case study and others in SURF's case study database.

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 CSI Team (


Case Study Series :: Former Manufacturing Facility Gets Treatment System Makeover

At a former aircraft parts manufacturing facility in Connecticut, USA, a chlorinated solvent plume was being remediated with an energy intensive legacy pump and treat system that was no longer efficiently removing CVOCs. After reevaluating conditions at the site and considering sustainable remediation practices, the ex situ system was replaced with a more effective and greener remediation technology. This case study highlights the importance of updating treatment systems as site conditions progress and helps identify cost savings and sustainable actions that can be a benefit to doing so. Learn about the alternative was implemented at the site and see the full case study profile here

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 CSI Team (