|Submission Date||July 12, 2016|
University of Texas at Arlington
EN-11: Continuing Education
Director of Operations
Fort Worth Center
Does the institution offer continuing education courses that address sustainability?:
Number of continuing education courses offered that address sustainability:
Total number of continuing education courses offered:
A copy of the list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
A list and brief descriptions of the continuing education courses that address sustainability:
1) Environmental Monitoring: Environmental sampling is one of the primary methods of determining the effectiveness of controls. This class provides an overview of basic environmental monitoring techniques and the following will be covered: Identifying when environmental monitoring is required: Sampling basics for air, water and soil Units of 2)
2) Environmental Monitoring Lab: After taking the Environmental Monitoring- The Basics course, apply the principles in the laboratory by attending this class. During this class, you will explore the principles using environmental sampling equipment and case studies.
3) Environmental Compliance: This course is designed to give environment, safety and health professionals the tools they need to ensure their workplace is in compliance with environmental regulations and reduce environmental risks. The course will cover the basics of environmental regulations and demonstrate how to identify pertinent regulations to your operations. It will also cover elements of the major environmental programs at the State level and review the enforcement and compliance tools by regulatory area. Activities and case studies will be used throughout the course to allow attendees to apply knowledge of the topics discussed during the course. Learn to: Apply the following Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations:
- Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA)
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Pollution Prevention Act (PPA)
- Clean Air Act (CAA) and Noise Control Act (NCA)
- Clean Water Act (CWA) and Noise Control Act (NCA)
- Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act
- Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
- Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide (FIFRA)
- Identify Environmental Aspect and Impacts
- Implement environmental regulations and their relationship to:
- Environmental Management System (EMS)
4) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act- This course is designed for professionals who need to understand rules and regulations for managing, storing, and shipping hazardous waste. Participants will learn about the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and become familiar with a wide array of related federal, state and local agencies as well as their requirements. The course will present the basics of managing non-hazardous waste, permitting processes, common violations, and waste minimization.
Identify the types of RCRA Wastes
Recognize the different types of generators of hazardous waste
Apply Pollution Prevention principles to hazardous waste management
Evaluate the benefits of waste disposal methods
Use common Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Implements the principles of compliance monitoring
Identify Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
Determine the main parties in the cradle-to-grave system
Distinguish the Land Disposal Restrictions
Complete a hazardous waste manifest
Recognize the benefits of high performance TSD facilities
Other Topics Covered:
Waste management techniques
UST technical requirements
Benefits of used oil recycling programs
5) Introduction to Sustainability: This course is an exploration of sustainability in industry and government today, and trends for sustainability into the future. Students will be required to perform sustainability analysis with real life example situations, discuss how to set sustainability goals for organizations, and will study the methods and tools used to analyze the sustainability performance of private and public organizations.
6) Environmental Management System: MGE 801 Environmental Management Systems: A Tool for Sustainability. This updated course specifies general requirements and guidelines of the new ISO 14001:2015 environmental management system (EMS) standard. A fully implemented EMS will provide reasonable assurance of minimal negative environmental impact, improved environmental performance and sustainable growth. EMS can be utilized as a launching pad to move organizations towards sustainability through environmental source reduction, self-regulation and continuous improvement.
* Understand the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 standard
* Understand the importance and benefits of an environmental management system
* Understand how the EMS interacts with organization's processes
* Understand how the EMS improves environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste
* Auditing to standard's requirements
* How to identify nonconformities
7) Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)- this course covers the fundamental requirements of a storm water pollution prevention plan including how to identify your facility’s potential sources of pollution, discharge, or contamination, and methods to prevent and control storm water pollution. From new construction to plant operations, participants will gain an understanding of erosion and sedimentation challenges as well as methods to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of SWPPPs.
8) Wastewater Pretreatment- This course provides an introduction to the wastewater pretreatment regulatory program regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Students will learn the basic requirements and the practical applicability of pretreatment regulations to their operations. Attendees will gain an understanding of when permits are needed and how to effectively implement them to maintain compliance. The course will introduce attendees to the principles, characteristics and operations of wastewater pretreatment technologies used to control environmental impacts. Case studies and class activities will provide the attendees opportunities to apply the principles presented.
9) Environmental Law- Environmental and safety managers need a working knowledge of the laws regulating the operations of their businesses. They may be called upon to interpret regulations, collect and preserve evidence, or defend their employers' practices. Environmental employees have been found liable individually, and even charged criminally, pursuant to the environmental laws. This course assists environmental and safety managers in identifying legal issues, deepening their understanding of how the law intersects with work duties and responsibilities, and learning how best to protect themselves and their employers from claims and enforcement actions.To that end, this course surveys the broad array of federal, state, and local laws and agencies regulating the environmental impacts of company operations. The instructor's experience in defending clients from enforcement proceedings, such as those brought by EPA, TCEQ, and OSHA, will provide real-world case histories illustrating how best to negotiate and defend a company from penalties.
10) Water and Wastewater Regulation- This course provides an introduction to the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), to include the NPDES permit types for storm water, industrial wastewater, domestic wastewater, and pre-treatment. Case studies and class activities will be used to provide opportunities for participants to utilize knowledge gained during the course. The course will facilitate student's ability to attain and maintain compliance with applicable water and wastewater regulations, and to better understand how those regulations impact their organization
11) Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC)- Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires that regulated oil storage facilities develop and implement oil spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans. In addition to the CWA requirements, the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) requires that facilities detail and implement spill prevention and control measures in their Facility Response Plans (FRPs). In this spill prevention training course, participants will learn about SPCC plans, pollution regulations, proper storage of oil, oil transfer procedures, proper containment practices including secondary containment, and how to avoid security breaches and follow proper discharge procedures.
12) Air Monitoring- Designed to meet requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (q), this course provides participants with basic knowledge and techniques of the following: Overview of air monitoring and sampling Techniques to develop an air sampling strategy Purpose of air monitoring instruments to include (DRI, PID, FID and different types of dosimetry)
13) Environmental, Social & Health Impact Assessment- This course will provide students with a general overview of the Environmental, Social, and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) and the National Protection Policy Act (NEPA). Students will receive a general scope of the five principles of ESHIA, (Screening, Scoping, Impact Assessment, Stakeholder Engagement, Management Plan), a sample report overview, a description of the benefits of ESHIA, and how it can be applied to all major projects that affect community stakeholders around the world
14) Clean Air Act- The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires facilities to implement robust air emission control practices which are regulated and enforced through a complex permitting process. During this class, the instructor will give an overview of the most pertinent CAA requirement including the New Source Review process, Title V permitting, Permit by Rule, and requirements for Hazardous Air Permitting. Using class room activities and presentations with a discussion of compliance and enforcement activities, students will gain an understanding of what requirements may apply to their facility(ies) and the path to compliance.
15) Environmental Site Assessments- This 8-hour Introduction to Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) course will provide environmental professionals with concepts and skills for conducting a Phase 1 ESA following federal requirements. Topics include how to obtain records, photos, environmental liens, and how to write your final environmental site assessment report.
Does the institution have at least one sustainability-themed certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:
A brief description of the certificate program:
Environmental Management Professional (EMP)
Environmental professionals looking for tools to manage their environmental duties will find this advanced level certification program is aligned with their goals. The management of environmental issues requires skills that include: regulatory knowledge, leadership, communication and planning. This certificate program has courses to support the development of these skills. The EMP certification requirements are met when the six (6) required courses and three (3) electives are completed.
Year the certificate program was created:
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The University will be pursing additional certificate programs in the next year.
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