Sustainable Remediation Forum


Clean up contamination without creating more pollution in the process.

The Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) promotes the use of sustainable practices during the investigation, construction, remediation, redevelopment, and monitoring of contaminated sites, with the objective of balancing economic viability, conserving natural resources and biodiversity, and enhancing the quality of life in surrounding communities.

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What is Sustainable Remediation?

Sustainable remediation can be defined as a remedy or combination of remedies whose net benefit on human health and the environment is maximized through the judicious use of limited resources (SURF, 2009).

As such, a sustainable remediation evaluation includes assessing the potential impacts to all three integrated dimensions of the triple bottom line: environment, society, and the economy.

Sustainable remediation practices are not only those that reduce global impacts (e.g., greenhouse gases), but also practices that reduce local atmospheric effects, potential impacts on worker and community safety, and/or the consumption of natural energy resources (beyond fuel consumption) that might be attributable to remediation activities.

Watch this short video from our SURF affiliate in the UK to learn the basics of sustainable remediation.


"For the first time, scientists, regulators and responsible parties are questioning whether a clean-up that releases tons of carbon emissions into the air in order to remove a few pounds of contaminants from the soil provides a net environmental benefit to the public.

It's crucial that 21st century environmental clean-ups burn less fuel, emit less greenhouse gas and still protect human health and the environment."

  • Christine Todd Whitman, Former EPA Administrator and New Jersey Governor


Our Mission

Our mission at 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 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



As a member of 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. 

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Sponsorship is a great way to demonstrate to your communities, clients, employees, and shareholders that you are committed to sustainable remediation.

Show your support of SURF’s mission by becoming a SURF Sponsor.

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Get involved in one of SURF's member-led Committees: Technical Initiatives, Education and Outreach, Communications, Meetings and Programs, Membership, and Nominations.

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SURF Board meeting minutes, Membership meeting minutes, Membership directory, and other resources available to SURF members.

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