Sustainable Remediation Forum

About SURF

SURF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maximizing the overall environmental, societal, and economic benefits of the site cleanup process by:

  • Advancing the science and application of sustainable remediation

  • Developing best practices

  • Exchanging professional knowledge

  • Providing education and outreach

Our ongoing objective is to provide a forum for representatives of government, industry, consultancy, and academia to parse the means and ends of incorporating societal and economic considerations into environmental cleanup projects. We collaborate, educate, advance, and develop consensus on the application of sustainability concepts throughout the lifecycle of remediation projects, from site investigation to closure. 

Our History

Since its founding, SURF has brought together the best and the brightest in the environmental remediation field, and has led the evolution of sustainable remediation from conceptual discussions to standard operating procedure.

SURF members were the first to consolidate broad-based institutional knowledge into an 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 continued to expand on the topics explored in the White Paper, publishing its Framework for Integrating Sustainability into Remediation ProjectsGuidance 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 Groundwater Conservation and Reuse, the international perspective on sustainable remediation, and ways to capture and evaluate the societal benefits of contaminated site cleanup.

From our humble beginnings as a group of just 20 individuals, SURF now regularly communicates with thousands of green and sustainable remediation practitioners, has inspired the creation of over a dozen international sustainable remediation groups, and holds semiannual membership meetings in partnership with the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation (AEHS) East and West Coast conferences. 

 
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Faced with decades-old treatment programs with high resource needs and no endpoints in sight, SURF was initiated in late 2006 to promote the use of sustainable practices during environmental cleanup 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.

 

2019 Board of Trustees

Officers:

At-Large:

Previous Boards

David E. Ellis founded SURF and served as its first president.  Dave led the internal remediation sustainability group and science and technology program of DuPont’s Corporate Remediation Group. His program developed, field-tested, and applied new cleanup technologies for chemical contamination of soil and groundwater, for radioactive wastes, and for unexploded ordnance.

2010 Board of Trustees

David Ellis, President
Paul Favara, Vice President
L. Maile Smith, Secretary
P. Brandt Butler, Treasurer
Carol Baker
Stephanie Fiorenza
Dick Raymond
Daniel Watts
David Woodward

2011 Board of Trustees

Paul Favara, President
David Woodward, Vice President
L. Maile Smith, Secretary
P. Brandt Butler, Treasurer
Stephanie Fiorenza
Karin Holland
Steven Murawski
Curt Stanley
Daniel Watts
David Ellis

2012 Board of Trustees

Karin Holland, President
Nick Garson, Vice President
Karina Tipton, Secretary
P. Brandt Butler, Treasurer
Michael Miller
Stewart Abrams
Angela Fisher
Curt Stanley
Daniel Watts
Paul Favara

2013 Board of Trustees

Nick Garson, President
Angela Fisher, Vice President
Karina Tipton, Secretary
Grant Geckeler, Treasurer
Stew Abrams
Buddy Bealer
Amanda McNally
Jake Torrens
Rick Wice
Karin Holland

 2014 Board of Trustees

Nick Garson, President
Angela Fisher, Vice President
Amanda McNally, Secretary
Keith Aragona, Treasurer
Buddy Bealer
Melissa Harclerode
Olivia Skance
Jake Torrens
Rick Wice

2015 Board of Trustees

L. Maile Smith, President
Jake Torrens, Vice President
Amanda McNally, Secretary
Keith Aragona, Treasurer
Paul Hadley
Melissa Harclerode
Kristin Mancini
Olivia Skance
Rick Wice
Nick Garson

2016 Board of Trustees

John Simon, President
Barbara Maco, Vice President
Tammy Rabideau, Secretary
Keith Aragona, Treasurer
Paul Hadley
Colleen Liddell
Kristin Mancini
Rick Wice
Gerlinde Wolf

2017 Board of Trustees

John Simon, President
Barbara Maco, Vice President
Lindsay Burton, Secretary
Keith Aragona, Treasurer
Paul Hadley
Erin Healy
Colleen Liddell
Mike Smilley
Gerlinde Wolf

 2018 Board of Trustees

Gerlinde Wolf, President
Matt Ambrusch, Vice President
Cathy Rockwell, Secretary
Jason McNew, Treasurer
Buddy Bealer
Paul Hadley
Erin Healy
Mike Smilley
Lynn Tucker

SURF also appreciates and benefits from the support of Kathy Adams, Technical Writer and Editor.