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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.

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 at the NRC web page.

2019 Recipients

This year, three outstanding college students, whose personal statements appear below, received scholarships in addition to membership in the Coalition’s Emerging Leaders program.  The NRC congratulates these students on their awards and welcomes them to the Coalition.

Shenita Robinson – Senior, Public Health, Dillard University

As a Public Health major my plan is advocating for change. Those changes include promoting clean environments which include parks, walkways, residential and/or industrial spaces. When those types of environments are clean and safe using sustainable materials the outcomes are better. Instead of concrete used on walkways rubber from tires that are usually burned could be used which help the environment but also put less strain on walkers’ joints. Wood is another material that could be recycled instead of getting thrown away. A once dilapidated piece of wood means trash to one individual but I see bench seating or picnic tables. My belief is a clean environment is a healthy environment.



Ayodeji Akeju – Grad student, Environmental Studies, Antioch University

Academically, I am a graduate student at Antioch University pursuing a doctorate degree in Environmental Studies with a research focus on the circular economy, resource conservation, and sustainable development. I have over 5 years of professional experience in the environment and built environments. Through these experiences, I learned and developed the value of teamwork, effective communication, research and project writing as well as flexibility.

Professionally, I have contributed to the development of zero-carbon (emission) recyclable waste collection in Nigeria. This was to help low-income communities capture wealth from their wastes. It increased the volume of waste collected, reduced carbon emission for both homes and organization, including the US High Commission in Lagos, Nigeria.

Socially, I am a volunteer member of the American Red Cross and the Circular Economy Club.

Angelle Bradford – Junior, School of Medicine, Tulane University

My commitment to environmentalism started when I was a kid, writing letters to the Governor in hopes that he would save Alligator Bayou. And though that effort failed, I have built on that passion for air and water and Nature, by pairing it with action. I spent one year in my undergraduate career in a Sustainability Business Cluster within the Fisher College of Business, really grasping an understanding of how businesses are integrating actual cradle to grave processes into their companies, instead of fetishizing the word sustainability. That opportunity really grounded me in the enormity of our environmental crisis. Since then, I have joined the Sierra Club, becoming an active and enthusiastic executive committee member, and I am also an advisor for a Sierra Student Coalition at Southern University, called the SU 771 Alliance. My students and I have a current project focus that is really about dealing with trash and one-time usage materials/disposables, and about putting pressure on the DEQ and related entities here in Louisiana to truly take up the work of developing recycling at the statewide and regional levels, centered around the 5 largest cities in LA, including New Orleans.


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.

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.