The NRC’s Campus Council creates stronger linkages between higher ed and the sustainable materials management industry.  This intersection of academia and industry meet distinct needs and forms the basis for co-promotion of, and collaboration with, other groups.

The NRC’s Campus Council is guided by these groups’ findings and recommendations in a White Paper to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit.  Higher ed leaders and industry professionals advise the group, which meets annually at the Resource Recycling Conference, this year in Minneapolis, 8/28-8/30/2017.

Get to know the NRC Campus Council and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer! For more information, please contact:

Applied Research and Development Centers

Higher education has important, even decisive, roles in advancing Sustainable Materials Management. Research and Development Centers are forming around the country, and the world, working singularly or as a consortium; both geographically and sector-specific.

If your organization or industry group seeks research & development work on a specific product or process that may have applications in the Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management industries, complete the interest survey below or contact us at to discuss sponsored-research opportunities.

Professional Development Resources

These resources are designed to aid the Campus Council in fostering collaboration between higher education institutions and the sustainable materials management industry.

We encourage you to help us build a base of resources all can benefit from.  Please complete the interest survey below or E-mail relevant information to :

Murray J. Fox Scholarship Awardees Selected

The National Recycling Coalition recently awarded four students with Murray J. Fox Scholarships. The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when Murray Fox, a long-time supporter and member of the NRC, started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling. Since then, the trust fund has endowed over $108,000 in scholarships to 62 college students.

This year, in addition to scholarships, recipients also received complementary admission to the Resource Recycling Conference in Minneapolis, 8/28-30/2017 as well as a one-year membership to the Coalition.

To apply, visit

To learn more about Murray and his amazing contribution to recycling and young people, read his bio here.

Join NRC Alumni Network

Have you ever received a scholarship from NRC?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.  A new network of NRC alum has formed to exchange career info and help the next generation of recycling leaders.  Please e-mail us to get involved:

Career Information and Job Listings

The Campus Council maintains a list of recommended Job Boards and career resources serving the recycling and sustainable materials management industry.

Industry Training Program Development

The Council supports the NRC’s National Standards Certification Board (NSCB). The NSCB accredits training and certification programs (not individuals) relevant to the Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management industries.

Click here to learn more about the National Standards Certification Board.

The Campus Council also assists students, faculty, and training programs with the following resources:

access to other training programs

funding sources and award opportunities

curricular resources

course descriptions

speakers bureau and tour directory

To contribute resources and activities, please complete the interest survey below or e-mail:

Intern Recruitment and Referral Program

Publicize internships to schools in your area by completing a simple online form. Your position is then posted to a database accessed by students, faculty, and career service professionals. Choose from over 20 typical intern titles or work with the Campus Council to create and recruit your own.

To publicize an internship at your organization, please begin the process by completing the organization application.

Access the Database of Available Internship Opportunities around the country.

Campus Council Interest Survey

Improve collaboration between Industry and higher education!

Benefits include:

  • gaining great exposure for your organization
  • accessing students and faculty
  • accessing campus operations and procurement
  • energizing your community program
  • aligning with your alma mater
  • enabling a new generation of recyclers

There are so many ways to support and involve colleges and universities in your work.

To find out more, take a short survey: or e-mail

Thank You!

National Survey Underway for Collegiate Zero Waste / Sustainable Materials Management

Colleges and universities have unique, even decisive, roles and responsibilities towards reducing, reusing, and recycling.  The intent of this survey is gather information on a set of peer-reviewed principles that can guide and help evaluate zero waste policies and programs at higher education institutions.

Add your perspective to this growing dialogue.  To take the survey, please click here.

Improving Collaboration with Higher Education Institutions

The NRC’s Campus Council surveyed other campus organizations then presented a white paper  to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit calling on the industry and U.S. Colleges and Universities to work more closely together.

Campus organizations support these strategies and actions:

  1. Include campus SMM infrastructure, operations, and outreach in funding priorities
  2. Facilitate campus workshops and training at state and regional conferences
  3. fund and promote student-led projects and student leadership trainings to advance SMM infrastructure and program development.
  4. Expand intra-collegiate and external networks
  5. Offer ratings, standards and resources that campuses and similar institutional facilities can use to plan, implement, measure, report, compare, and progress with
  6. Fund university research and development programs to investigate problem materials, improve product design and develop recycling sector innovation.
  7. Renew the Jobs Through Recycling grant funding program
  8. Accredit SMM coursework and advance training/certification programs
  9. Support local and national intern recruitment and referral programs
  10. Fund and promote student scholarships

See the full text of the one-page White Paper