Environmental Resources Planning, LLC
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Environmental Resources Planning - About Us


ERP 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 


• ERP has just been awarded a major, multi-faceted litter study project. Details to follow...

• LA Times published an litter-related op-ed penned by ERP Principal, Steve Stein (June 2017). You can read it here: LA Times Op-Ed.

• ERP provided the analytics for a major litter survey in the Los Angeles, CA area (April 2017). To provide a more informed understanding of the problem, the survey measured litter by all three metrics: volume, weight and count.

• Our staff continues to work on a broad-ranging litter abatement program throughout Honolulu. As part of this project, ERP provided project support, analytics and preparation of the report for the first Litter Index survey conducted by Keep Honolulu Beautiful (a Keep America Beautiful affiliate) in 2017.

• New York General Assembly invited ERP Principal, Steve Stein, to testify about litter problems and to recommend more effective litter abatement strategies.

Through an invitation coordinated by Dr. Marcus Eriksen, ERP senior staff was invited by NY/NJ Baykeeper to join them a recent expedition to collect water samples and characterize marine debris and microplastics found in Raritan Bay, a project funded by Rutgers University.

• Senior Consultant, Kristian Ferguson, a Board Member with Keep Virginia Beautiful, was a featured speaker 
at a recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference. 


"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 ERP, 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 and Time as well as on NPR and Good Morning America discussing the impacts of litter on our communities. 

He led the design and implementation of Keep America Beautiful's 2009 National Litter Survey and Cost Study, the most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. Mr. Stein also served as a consultant to Keep America Beautiful on the revision of their Litter Index, which became the Community Appearance Index.

His firm organized and sponsored the 2011 National Litter Forum, which focused on the role of litter abatement in restoring our nation's communities. Attendees and participants included Keep America Beautiful, their Pennsylvania and Virginia state affiliates. Similar groups representing Maryland, Washington D.C. and West Virginia also attended. 
 
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 President Obama.

"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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