Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating between $0.5 and $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available. The application deadline is April 18, 2014. Applications will be considered from those who:
- will be this year or are now a full-time master’s student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher, and
- have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research.
Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education. Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community. Awards are based on:
- Academic performance
- Professional experience
- Relevance of one’s work to the advancement of solid waste management science
- Potential for success
Award amounts consider the cost of tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received. Full scholarships may not be awarded to students who will be receiving full-tuition scholarships from other sources (excluding direct university assistance such as tuition remission or assistantship income) but may still be considered for partial awards. Doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of $12,000 per year and paid monthly. Doctoral/post-doctoral scholarships are renewable each year to a maximum of three years from the initial award date. Master’s scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of $5,000 per year and renewable each year to a maximum of two years from the initial award date. Scholarship renewal is dependent upon satisfactory progress as determined by the student’s academic advisor. All qualified candidates will be considered for scholarships without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Applications from students outside the United States or studying abroad will receive equal consideration. Award decisions by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and its directors are final and not subject to appeal.
For more information as well as a link to the scholarship application, visit www.erefdn.org.
NATM to Host 26th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 26-28
The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) will be hosting their 26th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 26-28, 2014. Over 150 suppliers for the trailer industry will be showcasing their products and services at this two-day trade show event. The trade show will run Thursday, Feb. 27, from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 28, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
The NATM trade show will be held at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa Pavilion, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nev. Other events include a golf tournament, educational workshops discussing pertinent issues in the trailer industry and networking and social events. In conjunction with the trade show, the convention will have multiple informative workshops and a new Technical Forum that will feature sessions on dynamic load testing, pre-treatment options, and an update on the SAE trailer committees in addition to a Brake Panel. The annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon will feature Dr. Lowell B. Catlett, PH.D. as the keynote speaker. Catlett is a regents professor in agricultural economics, agricultural business, extension economics and is the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.
For more information, visit www.NATMconvention.com.
EREF is Celebrating 20 Years of its Annual Charitable Auction by Going Social
This year marks the 20th year of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation’s (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction, the foundation’s largest fundraiser. This exciting event, one of the most popular features of WasteExpo, has helped to raise more than $13 million to further EREF’s mission to fund and direct scientific research and educational initiatives for waste management practices. One of the ways EREF is marking this milestone is by highlighting the Auction on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EREFAuction) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/EREFAuction).
The Annual Charitable Auction not only supports EREF’s mission and efforts, but also provides a unique way for WasteExpo exhibitors to increase their exposure at the show. The Auction has both live and silent components. This year, the Silent Auction will take place from Tuesday, April 29 through Wednesday, April 30 during WasteExpo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Attendees can bid on items throughout the day on Tuesday as they visit donor booths in the Exhibit Hall, and then bid sheets will be moved to the EREF booth to continue the bidding process until the Live Auction begins on Wednesday afternoon. Donations to the Silent Auction must be valued at a minimum of $400, and up to 2 items may be donated to meet the $400 value. The Live Auction will take place following the Silent Auction and will open with a reception sponsored by Big Truck Rental. An Auctioneer keeps the audience entertained as he auctions off the donated items, which in the past have included trucks, compactors, balers, trips and specialty event tickets and outings with industry CEOs. Following the Live Auction, the drawing for this year’s raffle car, a replica of a 1965 Cobra donated by New Way, will take place. Raffle tickets are just $100 (limit 10 per person) and can be purchased on-site in the EREF booth. One lucky WasteExpo attendee will get to drive home in this incredible classic!
“EREF would like to extend a special thank you to those who have helped to keep the EREF Annual Charitable Auction a success over the past 20 years,” said EREF President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Staley. “It is the support and generosity of our industry members that make the work EREF does possible. By using social media platforms to highlight the Auction we hope to increase awareness of the event and provide even more exposure for our donors and sponsors.” ”My company is honored to be a part the 20th EREF Annual Charitable Auction. We value the work that EREF does and are proud to be sponsors of industry research and education”, said long time Auction donor and sponsor Scott Dols, President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Truck Rental. “Not only are we excited to gain more exposure and traffic for our booth, but also to spread the word about the organization and let customers know that we are dedicated to supporting such an important cause.”
Burns & McDonnell Hires Matt Evans as Senior Civil Engineer for Solid Waste Group
Burns & McDonnell announces that Matt Evans, PE, has joined the firm’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office as a senior civil engineer in the Solid Waste Group. Evans’ experience bolsters the firm’s solid waste offerings. Along with a focus on the development, permitting, design and construction of landfills and landfill-related facilities, Evans has a broad range of expertise that also includes environmental engineering. “We’ve made a pledge to become the firm for providing engineering services and solutions in solid waste management, and hiring Matt is a clear representation of that commitment,” said Gene Sieve, office manager of the firm’s Minneapolis-St. Paul office. “Burns & McDonnell offers the extensive resources you’d expect from a large firm, and we’re making sure that includes some of the best talent in the business, too.”
For more than 15 years, Evans has been a project manager and lead engineer for landfill and landfill-related facilities projects around the country, conducting solid waste studies, commissioning reports and analyzing existing recycling processes. In addition to having expertise in the design of landfill cells, leachate management systems and landfill gas control systems, Evans has managed the construction of several other solid waste facility projects, including public drop-off areas, compost pads, haul roads and storm water structures. And with his background also featuring environmental engineering expertise, Evans adds another element to the Minneapolis-St. Paul office’s growing Solid Waste Group.
Evans has served on a variety of projects throughout the upper Midwest, including extensive work in South Dakota for the City of Vermillion, where he assessed the City’s solid waste and recycling operations and developed a landfill master plan that sought a more efficient solid waste and recycling process. For the City of Sioux Falls, Evans designed cell and leachate ponds and he was also responsible for planning and managing a multi-year construction project of a leachate and landfill gas extraction system for the City. Evans has been a Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Board Member since 2012 and has been a Member of the Minnesota Land of Lakes Chapter since 2008.
For more information, visit www.burnsmcd.com.
USCC Offers Compost Training Courses throughout 2014
The US Composting Council is offering its popular Compost Operations Training Courses in four locations throughout 2014, the organization announced. The courses, a staple of USCC training, are designed to provide participants with a weeklong full overview of how to run a thriving commercial-scale compost facility. The instructors are regional composting experts from business and academia, and their teaching includes classroom instruction and field work. An average of 25 students are in each class for maximum learning potential, which causes them to fill quickly. Courses for 2014 will be held at:
Vista Organics Recycling Facility
May 5-9, 2014
July 28-August 1, 2014
North Carolina State University,
Edward Booth Field Learning Lab
September 15-10, 2014
For more information, visit www.compostingcouncil.org/COTC.
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Lytx Announces Winners of its First Annual “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” Awards
Lytx, Inc. (formerly DriveCam, Inc.), a global leader in delivering driver safety and compliance solutions, announced today the winners of its first annual “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” Awards. The announcement and awards presentation was made at the second annual DriveCam powered by Lytx™ Users Conference in San Diego, CA.
The awards honor drivers and coaches among the hundreds of organizations currently using the DriveCam® Program to improve overall fleet performance. For drivers, Lytx recognized those who operate their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner, have excelled in the DriveCam Program, and whose contributions have enhanced the overall image of commercial transportation. For coaches, the award honored those who have excelled in the “coach” role and whose contributions have enhanced the overall safety of their organization.
Winners of the “Driver of the Year” Award were given in the following industries:
- First Place — Troy Hurt of Linde North America
- Second Place — James Lapinski of Cemex
- First Place — Dennis Burrell of Waste Management
- Second Place (tie) — Clinton Coley of Waste Industries
- Second Place (tie) — James Williams of City of Tyler
- Transit/Motor Coach
- First Place — Casey Howarth of MV Transportation
- Second Place — John Sanders of First Transit
- First Place — Betty Hoots of Renzenberger, Inc.
- Second Place — Charles Craig of ARS
Winners of “Coach of the Year” Awards were:
- First Place — Myron Broadnax of MV Transportation
- Second Place — Scott Speirs of Waste Management
In addition, the international first place award for Driver of the Year was given to Ian Peters of DS Smith (UK).
“As a leading provider of fleet safety solutions, we are honored to recognize these drivers and coaches who are truly making a difference and are among the safest in the transportation industry,” said Del Lisk, vice president of safety solutions for Lytx. “These winners may work in different sectors of the transportation industry, but they all share a common commitment to safe driving and improving their driving skills that is evident in their performance every single day. We’re proud to support them and thousands of their fellow drivers through the DriveCam Program.”
For more information, visit www.lytx.com.
Iron Dog Race Across Alaska Proves the Evans Advantage in Arctic Extreme Conditions
The winners of the Iron Dog Race, the world’s longest and toughest snowmobile race, comprising a grueling 2,000 miles of remote and rugged terrain across Alaska, have been announced. Evans Powersports Coolant made its successful debut this year in the Pro and Trail Class races. Congratulations to Jason Moore and David Roberts, Team #46, who won the Trail Class, and to the only all-woman team, Rebecca Charles and Rachel Kidwell, #75, who took third in that class. Both teams were using Evans Powersports Coolant in their sleds.
Moore, an assistant principal at Wasilla Middle School, rode an Arctic Cat ZR 6000 RR 600, and Roberts, from Anchorage, raced a Yamaha Viper 1049. Despite subzero temperatures, low snow conditions led to overheating issues for many racers. Snowmachines depend upon trail snow sprayed onto a heat exchanger to keep water-based engine coolant from boiling. When snow is absent, the coolant can boil. Miles of snowless tundra encountered on the route caused overheating problems for many, but not for users of Evans Powersports Coolant. Moore and Roberts raced with confidence by using Evans, and experienced no engine cooling issues on their way to their victory.
Facing extreme low temperatures, close to minus 40, with varying snow and wind conditions, Rebecca Charles encountered a breakdown and unforeseen delays. Once back on track, she ran her machine, a Yamaha Nytro, hard to gain back lost time. Through difficult trail conditions, with little or no snow in long stretches, they pushed past other riders dealing with overheating problems. With Evans waterless coolant running through her engine, Rebecca simply wasn’t going to overheat. Instead, they made a huge comeback to finish in third place! After the race, Charles expressed her assessment of the Evans advantage by saying, “If I hadn’t been running Evans, I guarantee I would have had overheating issues. I won’t run anything else in my machines besides Evans Waterless Coolant!”
In the Pro Class, Iron Dog veterans Charlie Potter and Ryan Johnson of team #15 used Evans for the first time and finished in 19th place out of 38 teams. Charlie Potter is a two time Purple Heart recipient and co-founded the Wounded Warrior Racing Team as a way to honor those injured while serving their country. An accident temporarily sidelined Potter and Johnson, but after making repairs, they jumped back in the race. Overcoming the setback, they pushed themselves and their machines to the maximum and finished in the middle of the pack. All three teams were all introduced to Evans by Arctic Extreme Environmental Products, an Evans Distributor located in Fairbanks, Alaska.
For more information, visit www.evanscooling.com.