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The Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS) is a 501(c)3 education and research non-profit that supports the Environmental Council of the States. ERIS is not a membership organization.

The purposes of ERIS are:

  • To improve the environment of the United States; and
  • To further the understanding of the roles and activities of the states in the federal system with respect to environmental protection; and
  • To conduct environmental policy research including the dissemination of results through publications, meetings, electronic media, and similar venues; and
  • To act as a forum where state environmental policy makers interact with other environmental stakeholders regarding environmental policy in the United States; and
  • To provide education programs to assist in the development of environmental policy in the United States; and
  • To support and operate on behalf of the Environmental Council of the States.


State Research Needs

The ERIS Board has been working with EPA's Office of Research and Development to provide input on state research needs and to share information from EPA on research being conducted.

Throughout the summer and fall of 2014 the ERIS Board conducted a two-part survey looking at state interactions with EPA's Office of Research and Development and on state research needs. A summary of the results of that survey are available here.

A paper on EPA research that addresses a 2013 list of state research needs is available here.

The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC)

ITRC is a state led coalition of regulators, industry experts, academia, citizen stakeholders, and federal partners working together ro increase regulatory acceptance of state-of-the-art environmental technologies and approaches. To find out more about ITRC visit

State Authorities and Practices regarding Management of Wastewater Systems

This report is available here.

ERIS By-Laws

ERIS Board Members:

David Paylor, President

Bob King, Vice President

Bill Holman, Secretary-Treasurer

Leo Drozdoff, Board Member

Christopher Jones, Board Member

John Mitchell, Board Member

Sara Pauley, Board Member


Carolyn Hanson