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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.  As it reorganized, the NRC re-established the Campus Council in 2013 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 normally meets at the Resource Recycling Conference.

The Council’s 2020 report is available here:  2020-2021 Campus Council Report.

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.


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.


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


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 here.

2020 Recipients

This year’s funding focused on advancing students’ academic and professional interests in social justice aspects of the recycling industry.  Three outstanding college students will receive scholarships towards their tuition, registration for the National Zero Waste Conference, as well as membership in the National Recycling Coalition.  Personal statements of their interest in recycling are compiled here.

The NRC congratulates these students on their awards and welcomes them to the Coalition.


Varsha Madapoosi: Sophomore, Data Science as well as Society and Environment, University of California- Berkeley

Varsha’s work lies at the intersection of data science and environmental sustainability.  She is  particularly interested in the environmental justice implications of the global waste trade.  In the future, she hopes to push STEM fields to new heights, both through her research and encouraging a mindset of equity and justice. To her, college isn’t just a place of sole academic focus , it’s a place to practice independence, exercise student voice, and change the world.


Haley Nolde: Senior, Environmental Studies University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Haley is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies along with a minor in Sociology to gain expertise on what she cares about most: social justice, climate health, and education.   She interns at the Nebraska Recycling Council making recycling easy and understandable for a wider range of people.   She is heavily involved the environmental action club on campus, doing everything from hosting clothing swaps to community clean ups.  She sorts donations at People’s City Mission, a non-profit dedicated to helping the less fortunate, because she believes we all have a responsibility to do better because climate change accelerates social injustice issues.


Benjamin Acord-Becker: Grad student, Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University

Benjamin is a second-year grad student serving as the Solid Waste Assessment Team (SWAT) project lead at Portland State University.  He conducts waste audits for PSU, Metro, the City of Portland, and many other firms.  As a planning student, his work focuses on gentrification and displacement during green and transit-oriented development.  His professional goal is to work with Metro or the City of Portland on the regional Climate Action plan or the Regional Waste plan.


Intern Recruitment and Referral

Does your company or organization need intern assistance?   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.

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

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.

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