Remediation projects often come with a hidden cost: the environmental impact of the clean-up itself.


Cleaning up contamination and preparing impacted land for reuse requires substantial energy, water, and other natural resources. It also may involve excavation and disposal of polluted soil and groundwater, installation and operation of large pumps, treatment vessels, and other equipment, and possible discharge of carcinogens, greenhouse gases, and other harmful materials into the environment.
To address these challenges, a group of environmental professionals organized the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF).

Benefits of Membership and Sponsorship

SURF delivers great value to our members, the public, and the practice of remediation. 
We do this by providing:

  • A professional organization that directly demonstrates your personal and professional alignment with sustainability goals
  • An open forum for innovative thinking, research, real-world application, and lessons-learned
  • Peer benchmarking and networking (domestic and international)
  • Access to subject matter experts and leading-edge case studies
  • Opportunities to collaborate on technical initiatives and publications
  • Research and education on topics such as environmental footprint reduction, social responsibility and public outreach, reducing remediation costs and long-term liabilities, and academic outreach and mentoring

By joining SURF, you establish partnerships and build relationships with a wide variety of remediation stakeholders: industry and agency peers, customers, clients, academia, technology vendors, and the public. SURF facilitates discussions and sharing of "lessons learned" in environmental footprint reduction. You’ll have access to members who are helping to shape green and sustainable remediation guidance and assessment tools. The SURF website, meetings, and communications provide a clearinghouse and source for the latest information about policy, case studies, best practices, and educational opportunities.

SURF is engaged in several ongoing technical initiatives, including:

  • Compiling and categorizing existing sustainable remediation case studies
  • Encouraging groundwater conservation and reuse
  • Examining the social aspects of sustainable remediation
  • Exploring climate change and resilience within remediation

Participation in SURF initiatives demonstrates environmental stewardship, a commitment to a leadership role in sustainable remediation practices, and alignment of business and sustainability objectives.

Academic Outreach and Mentoring

SURF recognizes the substantial value that academics bring to the remediation community through new ideas, technologies, and approaches. Therefore, SURF encourages interested faculty and students to join and actively participate in our discussions. SURF offers a number of benefits to our members from the academic community, including:

  • Reduced membership rates for academics affiliated with a state college/university
  • Assistance in defining research topics and finding research funding
  • Facilitation of cross-discipline linkages for research projects and student theses
  • Additional opportunities for research publication
  • Networking assistance for students during the job search

If you are interested in starting a Student Chapter at your school, guidance on the process is available here.

See the SURF membership application for more information and to join SURF today.

SURF Sponsorship

Sponsorship is a great way for an organization to demonstrate to its communities, clients, employees, or shareholders that it is committed to advancing the science and application of sustainable remediation. As an appreciation for sponsorship, your company or organization will receive complimentary memberships and meeting registrations, and will be recognized during SURF events and on the SURF website as a valued sponsor. Contact the SURF membership chair or click here to learn more about the various sponsorship levels and associated benefits.