Tribal Pollution Prevention

Courses and Workshops

Climate Change Adaptation for States, Tribes and Local Governments Webinar Series - North Carolina State University, in cooperation with EPA's Office of Strategic Environmental Management, will host a virtual Symposium on climate change adaptation for states, tribes and local governments to be offered in a series of twelve on-line sessions over two weeks. The series will bring together tribal, state and local stakeholders, EPA representatives, and experts from a variety of sectors to consider the impact of EPA’s new Climate Change Adaptation Plan on the implementation of federal environmental programs, and to present case studies, tools and solutions to some of the most pressing climate change adaptation challenges.

Individual webinars are stand-alone educational opportunities for governments, planners and policy makers, and participants can attend one or more webinars as meets their particular needs. Participants will obtain the most current knowledge and information applicable to states, tribes and communities on adaptation practice and implementation to build community resiliency.

  • June 3-12, online

Pesticide Inspector Residential Training - The Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Natural Resources Department Pesticide Program and the United States Environmental Protection Agency will present this three day training. The course will focus on invasive weed issues in Indian Country and include investigation training from the USEPA. The target audience will be tribal inspectors. The objectives of the training will include sampling techniques, Worker Protection Standard, interviewing techniques, inspection procedures, Experimental Use Permits and tribal cultural considerations.

Web-based NPDES Permit Writers' Training
The NPDES Permit Writer's Course is a five-day course covering the key elements of NPDES Permit development. The course is taught by experienced EPA staff and contractors and has been one of EPA's most successful courses over the past decade. Because of the popularity of the course, EPA has recorded Web-based presentations covering the material presented in several key modules of the live course. These recorded presentations enable participants who attended the NPDES Permit Writers' Course to review the material on demand in a self-paced environment. The presentations also are useful for those who have not attended a live course, but wish to become familiar with important concepts of the NPDES permits program.

Montana Weatherization Training Center - ongoing
The training center's goal is to train the professionals who are on the ground weatherizing homes every day. Working closely with Montana's Human Resource Development Councils and Tribal associates, they focus on safe, efficient, cutting-edge techniques to address the health, safety, and energy efficiency issues present in low-income housing. The site offers valuable information on weatherization, including the newly-launched WXTV - online training sessions. For more information, click the link above.

The Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources and Programs - ongoing
A new online module entitled "The Effects of Climate Change on Water Resources and Programs" has been published by the EPA Watershed Academy. The goal of this module is to educate water program managers, as well as the general public, on the expected effects of climate change on water resources and water programs. This knowledge will help managers prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change. To view the module, click the link above.

Inspector Health and Safety Training Online - ongoing
The Environmental Protection Agency's Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) Program is now available on-line. These courses are essential for inspectors conducting on-site (field) work. The course for new inspectors is called "EPA SHEM Training for Field Activities." This course consists of 7 modules covering field activities, including information on rights and responsibilities, chemical hazards, physical hazards, biological hazards, personal protection, general safety, and field operations & support activities. Inspectors may also need to take the OSHA "Collateral Duty" course. A "Radiation Safety" and a "Laboratory Activities" safety course are also available. To access these and other on-line training, click the link above. You can also get about these courses and other EPA-sponsored classroom training by checking out EPA's National Enforcement Training Institute at https://www.netionline.com/Default.asp.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Training and Workshops - ongoing
ITEP's goal is to assist in the professional development and exchange of information for tribal staff in order to enhance the operations and performance outcomes of environmental management.

Solar Energy International Offers Training - ongoing
Solar Energy International (SEI) is a USA non-profit organization whose mission is to help others use renewable energy and environmental building technologies through education. SEI teaches individuals from all walks of life how to design, install and maintain renewable energy systems, and how to design and build efficient, sustainable homes. SEI offers trainings online and in 22 locations around the world.

UCLA Extension: Tribal Learning Community - ongoing
Presented in cooperation with the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center, this series of courses is a collaborative initiative to develop, pilot, and implement Tribal Studies curricula in support of Native educational issues and community concerns. Offered fully online, these courses are available not only to regional Native nations in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the surrounding national and worldwide community who have a professional interest in tribal issues. Scholarships are available, contact DeAnna Rivera.