Fall 2022 Educational Training Courses

August 26, 2022

We’re back!

CEC’s Educational Training Courses (ETC) have returned for another exciting semester! After an incredibly successful spring semester, we are excited to announce that we are presenting three new topics this fall, along with two updated returning courses by popular demand.

Our Spring 2022 semester, consisting of four courses, had an excellent turnout with over 500 attendees worldwide. Our courses have been streamed in over 40 states and territories, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and have gained international attention in countries such as United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Nigeria, India, Canada, and Brazil!

All courses will continue to be offered at no cost in a Microsoft Teams virtual format and will be co-taught by CEC’s subject matter experts. Learn more and register today at cecinc.com/etc.

Through the CEC/ETC program, CEC keeps you informed on topics that affect your organization. Whether you are new in your career and looking to grow your knowledge quickly, or you are an experienced professional committed to staying up to date, these two- to four-hour, sales-free training courses are for you. You’ll leave your course with timely know-how and takeaways to tackle challenging multimedia requirements. You’ll also earn Continuing Education Units.

We pride ourselves in our all-inclusive nature, never turning down any interested participant, whether they be students, employees, or consultants with another firm. To continue to provide exciting and informative presentations, our instructors have participated in Dale Carnegie’s Virtual Presentation Excellence training. Our instructors strive to keep you engaged, entertained, and informed.

Since transitioning to the virtual presentation format, all our courses have been four hours. In response to survey feedback, we are excited to announce that we will also be offering two- and three-hour courses this semester. We value our attendees’ time and understand not everyone can devote four hours to these presentations. We post the course agenda before the start of the course, and we adhere to that schedule in case some people wish to join for certain segments of the presentation.

This semester, we have brought back two fan-favorite courses: Clean Water Act & NPDES Overview and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compliance. Back by popular demand, these courses have been revised with updated content and the most recent regulatory changes. We will also be featuring three brand-new topics this semester: Managing Environmental Data, Introduction to NEPA, and Solar Development 101.


Endangered Species Act (ESA) Compliance

This is an introductory course tailored for a broad range of professionals faced with projects that may have an impact on threatened or endangered species. You will learn how to navigate the ESA compliance process. We will provide basic information on the content of ESA, other related state and federal laws, alternative pathways to ensure compliance, obtaining “take” authorization under Section 7 (Federal Agency Consultations), and obtaining a “take” permit under Section 10 (Scientific Research and Enhancement Permits). Participants are encouraged to share specific examples of ESA compliance challenges they may be facing.

Date: September 15

Time: 9:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Presented by: Leo Lentsch & Ryan Slack


NEW!
Managing Environmental Data

This three-hour course will evaluate the importance of properly managing your environmental data and offer guidance, principles, and best practices for accomplishing that objective. Multiple approaches to managing data will be presented and assessed for their effectiveness and ease of use. Attendees will exit the course with a better understanding of how to evaluate their own needs and identify the best solution for their situation. One of your instructors, Gerald Burnette, recently published a book with the same title.

Date: October 6

Time: 9:00 – 12:00 PM ET

Presented by: Gerald Burnette & Kris Macoskey


Clean Water Act & NPDES Overview

This course will cover the basics of water regulations, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) plans; Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP); and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. We cover regulations at the federal and state level.

Date: October 27

Time: 9:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Presented by: Steve Casey, Jeffrey Kissell, & Janette Wolf


NEW!
Introduction to NEPA

This two-hour course discusses how to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We will outline the history of the act and its important components and provide examples of successful projects. Participants will learn how NEPA planning processes and impact analyses are conducted. We will discuss effective planning strategies, environmental impact analyses, and agency and public engagement. Council on Environmental Quality regulations, agency NEPA procedures, and legal precedents will be discussed along with the importance of interagency relationships and stakeholder communication.

Date: November 17

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 PM ET

Presented by: Leo Lentsch & Sarah Rauch


NEW!
Solar Development 101

This course will present an overview of solar development challenges and discuss details associated with the survey and civil engineering aspects of project development. The course will conclude with a presentation of case studies associated with solar development on landfills. Abigail Pollock presented on this topic at this year’s CEC Step Up Your Game Conference, an internal environmental technical conference, and is also featured in our August CEC Explains podcast episode!

Date: December 8

Time: 9:00 – 1:00 PM ET

Presented by: Abigail Pollock, Andy Gullone, Don Groesser, & Kris Macoskey


Our spring 2023 schedule will be released later this year.

Does your company have a group interested in an ETC course? Email us to discuss private training for your team!

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CEC Staff

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC) provides comprehensive market-oriented consulting services to advance client strategic business objectives. CEC is recognized for delivering innovative design solutions and integrated expertise in air quality, civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering and sciences, manufacturing infrastructure services, survey/geospatial, waste management, and water resources.

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