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SURF and SAME Enter Strategic Partnership

SURF is excited to announce that we have entered a strategic partnership with the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME’s) Environmental Community of Interest (COI). SAME, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit with nearly 28,000 members dedicated to identifying and resolving national security infrastructure-related challenges. The organization’s COIs provide opportunities for their members to become involved nationally with other professionals focused on a particular technical field (e.g., architectural practice) or demographic (e.g., K-12 STEM outreach) within the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. SURF is partnering with the Environmental COI, which brings together government and industry to collaborate on major U.S. environmental challenges. Over the coming months SURF and SAME will be working together to strengthen our common goals. If you’re interested in helping with this effort, contact SURF President Betsy Collins ([email protected]).

Dive In! How to Identify Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns

Do you know the difference between equality, equity, and justice? Is it accurate use the phrase “environmental justice communities”? In this video, Matthew Tejada (Director of Environmental Justice at EPA) gives a quick lesson on EPA’s definitions of these words and phrases and describes the importance of using them consistently. Although the video is aimed at EPA employees, all viewers will learn how to begin to identify communities with environmental justice concerns. Check it out!

Did You Know? SURF Partners with GRA on February 2023 Conference

Tired of attending conferences where there’s only one perspective on a topic and no time to ask questions? Look no further. SURF has partnered with Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) for the Association’s first climate and sustainable remediation event. The conference, ESG: Climate Resilient & Sustainable Remediation, will be held on February 6 and 7, 2023 in San Diego, California, and the agenda is full of ways to interact and learn more. Day 1 focuses on climate resilient remediation and includes three panel discussions, a session with small discussion groups, and a networking opportunity. Day 2 is a half day that begins with a 5K run/walk followed by – you guessed it – two more panel discussions! SURF is proud to host one of these discussions along with a case study and tool training. Each day features a keynote speaker representing the regulatory community. Click here to learn more, access the agenda, and register.

Upcoming Events

Environmental Justice Initiative Meeting

Time: March 9 @ 3:00 pm – March 9 @ 4:00 pm

Open meeting for anyone who wants to get involved in the initiative or is already an active participant. We will discuss the work conducted so far and next steps.

Email Nicole Tucker to register.

32nd Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air

Time: August 18 @ 8:00 am – August 18 @ 5:00 pm

Click here for more information.
See below for SURF Sessions and membership meeting.

SURF Session:Sustainable Remediation in Practice

Time: March 21 @ 1:30 pm – March 21 @ 3:00 pm

Proof that the Most Aggressive Remedial Action Can Also Be the Greenest
Fixing Failures or Re-thinking Futures? From Resilient Remedies to Resilient Land- and Water-Scapes
In-Situ Remediation of Hexavalent Chromium: From Fungicide to Fruit Juice

SURF Membership Meeting

Time: March 21 @ 3:30 pm – March 21 @ 5:00 pm

Agenda Pending

SURF Session:ESG and Sustainable Remediation

Time: March 22 @ 1:30 pm – March 22 @ 3:00 pm

Climate and Community Mapping: New ASTM Guidance

ESG Ratings and SDGs: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

Demonstration of How Remediation Projects Influence ESG Priorities

SURF Session:Climate Change and Resiliency

Time: March 22 @ 3:30 pm – March 22 @ 5:30 pm

Bioelectrochemically Processed Lignite for Golf Courses, Landscaping, Regenerative Agriculture, and Carbon Sequestration

Benefits of Including Climate Change Considerations in a Sediment NAPL Remedy

Balancing Ecosystem and Security Goals: Can We Even Argue They Differ Anymore?

Fitting Environmental Response Actions into Sustainability Reporting Frameworks

Mark Your Calendar!8th International Sustainable Remediation Conference(SustREM 2023)

Time: October 10 @ – October 13 @

Held in conjunction with ecoforum 2023

Click here for more information.