Environmental Resources Planning, LLC
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Environmental Resources Planning - About Us

ER Planning is the nation's most experienced firm in the field of litter-related surveys and studies examining and documenting the impacts of  litter and illegal dumping on our nation's communities. The in-depth experience of our veteran staff and our commitment to our clients form the foundation for developing and implementing  successful projects.

For information about how our firm can be of service to you, email us at info@erplanning.com or call (240) 631-6532.

We are a certified Maryland Small Business.

What's News 

Our staff made multiple trips to Honolulu in 2015 as part of an extensive study that focused on identifying and quantifying specific sources of litter and marine debris in Oahu.

• ER Planning Senior Consultant, Kristian Ferguson, was a featured speaker 
at Keep America Beautiful's 2015 National Conference in Washington, D.C. 

 Our firm recently completed a comprehensive survey of the Anacostia Watershed that analyzed litter along roadway and stormwater-related sites. Anacostia Watershed Society, MW-COG and former Ocean Conservancy staff all participated in this landmark study.

 We were invited to be advisors for Florida's new litter abatement program.

 Our litter-related work was featured in the January 24, 2014 issue of Time Magazine.

"Steve consistently goes beyond expectations to bring innovative ideas to his work, and he 
approaches projects as challenges to solve, not just tasks to complete."

- Tom Knox, Vice-President, Edelman

Steven Stein, Principal of ER Planning, is an environmental scientist whose family roots in the recycling industry date back more than 100 years. He began apprenticing with his father at the age of 16 and developed a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues and problems faced by industry and governmental entities responsible for environmental issues. 

Mr. Stein earned his B. Sci., cum laude, in Environmental Studies with concentrations in Environmental Law and Waste Management at a joint program with Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. He also received his M. Sci. in Resource Management there, studying under two forest economists and was awarded New York SWANA's Annual Scholarship Award for his research in the relationship between macroeconomics, public policy and sustainable recycling in the U.S. His Ph.D. coursework there focused on the underlying causes of littering and pollution.

Mr. Stein assisted the US-GAO with their study regarding the current state of recycling. He has written and spoken across the country on environmental issues and topics and has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and Time Magazine as well as on NPR and Good Morning America discussing the impacts of litter on our communities. 

He led the design and implementation of the 2009 KAB National Litter Survey, the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. His firm organized and sponsored the 2011 National Litter Forum, which focused on the role of litter abatement in restoring our nation's communities.
Mr. Stein has taught Environmental Science and Ethics in Management at the university level and was invited, as a subject matter expert on environmental issues and community dynamics, to participate in a study commissioned by the President. 

"Steve is a top-notch researcher, author and manager in the environmental arena."   

  - Sandy Huber, Executive Director, New Jersey Clean Communities Council

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