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Campus Council



The NRC has long-supported campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC re-established the Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher ed and the SMM industry. Degree programs, career services, applied research/technology transfer, and relationships with recycling leaders are examples of the opportunities the Campus Council develops between on-campus and off-campus groups.

The NRC’s Campus Council is guided by recommendations in a White Paper to the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Summit in 2015.  Higher ed leaders and industry professionals advise the group, which meets annually at the Resource Recycling Conference, this year in New Orleans, August 26-28.

Get to know the NRC Campus Council and take advantage of the many opportunities we offer! For more information, please take the interest survey below.

Campus Council Interest Survey

Help improve collaboration between Industry and higher education!  There are so many ways companies and organizations can collaborate with colleges and universities.

Benefits to off-campus groups include:

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

To find out more, take this short survey.


Murray J. Fox Scholarship

The Murray J. Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1994, when the long-time member of the NRC started a fund to provide scholarships to college students interested in recycling.  Dozens of students have benefited from Murray’s support. Many are making valuable contributions in the industry.  Murray past-away earlier this year.  A tribute to him is posted at the NRC web page.

This year, a limited number of scholarships are being awarded to college and university students in the New Orleans area through the National Recycling Coalition.  The deadline to apply is Monday, August 5th.

This year, in addition to $2,000 in financial aid, recipients will also benefit from networking events at the Resource Recycling Conference-  August 30th through September 1st, as well as membership in the National Recycling Coalition.

Scholars will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Attend a New Orleans area college or university
  • Academic and personal interest in the recycling field
  • Meritorious academic achievement
  • Available to attend Resource Recycling Conference Awards Ceremony Wednesday morning, August 28th

Applications must be submitted by Monday, August 5. Winners will be announced on Monday, August 12.

Submit applications at


Academic and Professional Development Hub

Curricular Resources –infographics, fact sheets, glossary and acronyms

Course Development – syllabi, reading lists, funding

Directories – twelve sets of directories and databases

Best Management Practices – twenty categories- and growing.

Tools Index – conversions, calculators, toolkits

Help build this base of current, credible, and concise information.  To contribute academic resources, please contact [email protected]


Speakers and Tours

A speakers bureau and tour directory match local industry experts and their facilities with colleges and universities in the area.  These visits, either on-campus or on-site, gain great exposure for recyclers while providing real-world additions to the college curriculum.

Access the database of available speakers and facility tours

To register as a speaker or tour host, please complete this process: speaker application  

To register as a tour host, please begin here: tour host application

Intern Recruitment and Referral

Agencies, organizations, and companies: recruit interns from schools in your area by completing a simple online form which is posted to a database for students, faculty, and career service professionals.  Choose from over 20 typical intern titles or work with the Council to create and recruit your own.

To request an intern for your organization, please begin the process here: organization application.


Applied R&D

Higher education has important, even decisive, roles in advancing Sustainable Materials Management.  More then ever, students want to make a difference with their degree- in the SMM industry.

The Campus Council is currently identifying schools involved in research for non-profit, government, and commercial clients nationally.  If you represent a college and university currently involved with, or interested in research pertaining to SMM, please complete this survey:  Higher Education Research in SMM.

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 industry, click the interest survey here or contact [email protected]  to discuss sponsored-research opportunities.


Join NRC’s Emerging Leaders

Have you ever received an NRC scholarship or worked on-campus recently?  If so, we’d like to hear from you.  A new network of NRC alum, recent grads, and new professionals has formed to exchange career info and help the next generation of recycling leaders.


National Survey Underway for Collegiate Zero Waste Management

Colleges and universities have unique, even decisive, roles and responsibilities towards reducing, reusing, and recycling.  This short survey- for those deeply familiar with a campus program, gathers information which is shared with SMM industry and academic groups to help inform funding and development objectives.


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.

See the full text of the one-page White Paper

Job Listings

The Campus Council has compiled this list of recommended job boards and job search resources.

Training Program Development

The Campus Council supports the National Standards Certification Board (NSCB).  The NSCB accredits training and certification programs (not individuals), run by states, regions, organizations, trade associations, universities, and community colleges.  To date, the following states have had their training programs accredited by the NRC: New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.  Other states and organizations are currently developing them with Campus Council assistance.

NSCB Accreditation Criteria and Process

NSCB Learning Objectives

NSCB Application for Accrediting Training Programs

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