Available courses

Introduction to Rural Alaska Landfill Administrator (RALA) provides tribal environmental professionals in rural Alaska an introduction to the landfill management and operations and resources for additional training. The development of this short course was a collaborative effort between the Alaska Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA AK Chapter), Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), the Alaska Forum, Inc., Green Star, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. The presentations in this online training are part of an 8-hour RALA training and were originally recorded during the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management in 2016. In-depth courses for Rural Alaska Landfill Administrator training are offered annually at the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management by SWANA AK Chapter instructors. This online course is equivalent to 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately five hours of total learning time. CEUs can be earned by completing the following course modules:

  • Introduction to Landfills, Administration, and Operations in Rural Alaska
  • Solid Waste Administration, Planning, and Budgeting Basics
  • Minimizing Waste in Your Landfill

After completing this online course, participants in rural Alaska will be able to:

  • Identify the classification and type of landfill in their community.
  • Recognize the top ten landfill issues.
  • Define landfill administrator’s and operator’s roles.
  • Identify basic administrative, planning, and budgeting needs for managing landfills.
  • Identify strategies for minimizing waste that fits their communities’ needs.
  • Identify best management practice for burning waste.

Instructors Include:

Ted Jacobson, Solid Waste Tribal Liaison, EPA/SEE Program/Alaska

Doug Huntman, Green Star Program Director, Alaska Forum

Stephen Price, Rural Landfill Specialist, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Solid Waste Program

The Radon Fundamentals course has been developed to provide tribes with, an introduction to the mechanics of radon, examples of how tribes are addressing radon, and possible funding opportunities. This course does not provide radon certification.

The presentations in this course were originally developed as webinars in February and March 2016 in collaboration with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Tribal Indoor Air Quality and Health Network and staff from Spokane Tribe Department of Natural Resources, Navajo Nation EPA, Taos Pueblo Tribal Housing Office, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This online course is equivalent to 0.7 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately seven hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • Introduction to Radon
  • Testing for Radon
  • How Tribes are Addressing Radon
  • Radon Funding

 After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what radon is.
  • Describe the potential health effects from exposure to radon.   
  • Describe how radon enters a home.
  • Recognize which radon mitigation systems are effective for different types of building structures.
  • Locate different types of testing devices available for testing indoor radon levels.
  • Locate additional training that will enable tribal staff to become certified in radon testing and mitigate radon.
  • Initiate the development of a tribal radon program.
  • Locate funding sources for radon testing and mitigation.

Presenters Include:

Mansel Nelson, Senior Program Coordinator, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

Nolan Hoskie, Radon Specialist, Navajo Nation EPA

Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan, Air Quality Program Manager, Spokane Tribe

Terron Chischilly, Radon Specialist, Navajo Nation EPA

Ryder Freed, Air Radiation Program Coordinator, US EPA Region 9

Jed Harrison, Former Director of the EPA Radiation and Indoor Environments National Lab and Former Sr. Tribal Advisor for the EPA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air

Daniel V. Suazo, Construction Projects Manager, Tribal Housing Office, Taos Pueblo

Sarah Olsen, Grants Management, US Department of HUD

Rich Seifert, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks

This online course has been developed as an introduction to building science principles important to healthy, comfortable, energy efficient homes and is intended to help tribal professionals understand and optimize the dynamic “building ecosystem” for occupancy wellness and building performance.

This course was originally developed for Alaska Villages, however, it is applicable to many tribes in cold climates. It will provide participants with an understanding of how the home responds as a “living system” and help participants understand what to look for during a residential home assessment. This online course is equivalent to 0.8 CEUs and requires approximately 8 hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • Building Science Basics
  • Building Structure and Mechanics
  • Occupant Behaviors

Participants enrolled in this course are expected to have a good understanding of IAQ basics and a basic understanding of homes in your communities including: sources, health effects, actions to improve IAQ, and what kind of concerns you are trying to address. This course reviews building science principles important to healthy, comfortable, energy efficient homes. 

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how the home responds like a “living system”
  • Understand what to look for during an IAQ assessment

This course will NOT provide a comprehensive understanding of design and construction details.

 Instructors:

Rich Seifert, Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Energy and Housing Specialist

Mansel Nelson, Senior Program Coordinator, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu 

Many of the presentations within this course were originally developed as an online version of the cold climate homebuilding techniques workshop that Extension’s Rich Seifert has taught for many years.  All Extension’s recordings are available at: https://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/cold-climate-building-course/id506895267  

This short course will provide participants with: an understanding of what brownfields are, tribal examples of brownfields sites, a summary of brownfields funding sources, how tribes may be able to access brownfields funding, who was using brownfields grant money as of 2013, and contact information for free brownfields technical assistance available to tribes. 

This course has been developed from a public webinar delivered during ITEP’s 2014 Tribal Environmental and Planning online course. Special thanks to Campbell Environmental Group for the coordination of presenters, development, and delivery of the original webinar. This course is equivalent to 0.4 CEUs and requires approximately 4 hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • What are Brownfields?
  • Tribal Brownfields Examples
  • Tribal Brownfields Funding

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what Brownfields are.
  • Locate resources for identifying possible Brownfields sites.
  • Identify Brownfields grant programs that may be applicable to their tribe.
  • Understand the distribution of Brownfields funding.

Presenters include:

Dale Mitchell, Brownfields Program Coordinator, Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe

Amy Jean McKeown, Brownfields Project Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Rich Campbell, Geologist, Campbell Environmental Group

Glenn Daukas, Campbell Environmental Group

The Brownfields Tribal Response Program (TRP) Fundamentals course has been developed to provide tribes with an overview of the CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program funding. After taking this course tribes will have the information needed to request CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program funds with a draft work plan as described in the current EPA funding guidance. This course is also useful for new brownfields tribal employees to gain a better understanding of the program they are working in. It is recommended that participants complete ITEP’s Introduction to Brownfields online course for an overview of brownfields and tribal examples prior to beginning this online course.

This online course is equivalent to 0.5 CEUs and requires approximately 5 hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • Brownfields 128(a) Tribal Response Program (TRP) Overview
  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
  • Brownfields TRP Funding Uses and Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and scope of the CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program (TRP).
  • Identify the four elements of a TRP.  
  • Establish and maintain a public record system.
  • Describe the terms and reporting requirements of the CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program.
  • Identify technical assistance and training opportunities.
  • Identify possible brownfields sites.

Presenters Include:

Rachel Lentz, EPA HQ OBLR

Mary Goolie, EPA Region 10

José García, EPA Region 9

Amy Jean McKeown, EPA Region 1

Mickey Hartnett, Kansas State University

Colette Santasieri, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Inacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling

Quality Assurance Fundamentals is an introduction to basic quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) concepts (bias and precision, with control charts of flow rate QC checks), terminology, and a review of the elements of quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) for environmental monitoring projects. Completion of this course signifies practical understanding of the QA elements of QAPP Level 4 projects, such as indoor air quality or wildlife surveys, or other basic community assessments. This course is equivalent to 1.2 CEU and requires approximately 12 hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • Introduction to Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC)
  • Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) and Data Quality Objectives (DQOs)
  • Introduction to Precision and Bias

QA Fundamentals has been developed by the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. This unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction was initiated as a webinar series and has been supplemented with activities, discussions, and tests to provide a training resource and completion certificate. It is intended for tribal environmental professionals as an introduction to quality assurance.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what you need to know about QA for your project and why it is important.
  • Understand the terminology that is used in QAPPs.
  • Describe QA in common sense terms.
  • Locate helpful resources, materials, and people to ensure quality systems.
  • Identify basic principles of data management.
  • Know how to get started on a QAPP.
  • Identify the required elements for a category 4 QAPP (as categorized by US EPA).

Your instructor is Melinda Ronca-Battista, Health Physicist, CQA. 

This online training series is not an "informational course," but is a rigorous course composed of a series of modules in which participants complete work products, guided by ITEP instructional staff and other course participants. Each module contains informational presentations via webinar, homework assignments, interactive discussions, and on-on-one assistance.

This course is designed only for those tribes needing to generate an emissions inventory in 2017. Enrollment must be pre-approved by ITEP staff. The 2017 instructor-led training schedule is below. The next offering of this instructor-led training series will be in 2018. Please email Angelique at Angelique.Luedeker@nau.edu or Melinda at Melinda.Ronca-Battista@nau.edu to determine if you are eligible to enroll at this time or if you are interested in the self-paced option.

Emissions Inventory (EI) Fundamentals online training series is equivalent to 5.0 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately 50 hours of total learning time over the course of seven weeks to develop an emissions inventory. Weekly webinars will be held on 1-10-17 through 2-14-17 on Tuesdays at 9:00am PT | 10:00am MT | 11:00am CT | 12:00pm ET.  Participants will complete a level 4 EI (a level 4 EI does not include gathering activity data or calculating emissions, but only lists sources and pollutants using data already generated by and obtained from EPA/nearby jurisdictions; this is also a necessary first step toward more comprehensive EIs, and for those who wish to continue to the next series (EI Advanced)). 

Emissions Inventory (EI) Advanced online training series is equivalent to 12 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately 120 hours of total learning time over the course of thirteen weeks to develop an emissions inventory. Weekly webinars will be held on 3-7-17 through 5-30-17 on Tuesdays at 9:00am PT | 10:00am MT | 11:00am CT | 12:00pm ET. This online training series is for participants who need to gather source data (amount of gasoline sold at gas stations, cords of wood used in wood stoves, miles of unpaved road, gallons of propane purchased to heat community center, etc. and use these to calculate emissions from sources on tribal land) and prepare a Level 2 or 3 EI. Participants should have completed the EI Fundamentals training or have prior experience developing EIs.