Environmental review prior to project approval allows local government andother stakeholders to identify and evaluate alternative sites and designsthat can mitigate adverse impacts and/or lower long-term maintenancecosts. All federal projects come with environmental assessmentresponsibilities under NEPA, and many local governments now like toroutinely include environmental considerations in their local decisionmaking process.
This course uses the HUD (24 CFR 58) environmental process that delegatesNEPA & 18 other environmental authorities to the local level as aframework for providing insights into issue identification and analysispointed to consideration of alternatives.
This course includes a textbook with companion DVD and uses expert guestspeakers, interactive exercises and simulation. Case oriented exercisesprovide participants with simulated hands-on experience and the classroomsprovide opportunities for Q & A and peer-to-peer education that helppromote real learning.
The main purpose of the course is to enable local officials to meet federal environmental assessment requirements stemming from NEPA in general and HUD Part 58 environmental regulations in particular (although this course would help one understand and meet the environmental requirements of other federal agencies).. The overarching theme will be Sustainable Development. We will begin with an overview of sustainable practices and barriers to their adoption. Most of the course will examine the functional components of environmental review (e.g. Water, Historic Preservation) discussing current and best practice in each of these. The course will feature outside guest speakers with cutting edge approaches, how to use the Internet for environmental review, and enhance the learning experience through class exercises and homework.
Monday, August 5, 2013 - Friday, August 9, 2013 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMCentral Time
Ralph Metcalf Building77 West Jackson BlvdChicago, Illinois USA312-996-6904
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