Training

Overview

EI's trainers have years of experience providing customized training for all types of audiences on all of EI's service areas, including environmental management systems and ISO 14001, natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), risk assessment, environmental compliance and auditing (including auditor training), environmental law, brownfields redevelopment, pollution prevention, waste minimization, and sustainable development. EI has delivered dozens of training workshops and seminars to groups from federal and local governments, Tribes, community origanizations, and private companies.

If you would like to discuss how EI can assist you with environmental training, please contact us at (206) 525-3362, or email us at staff@eiltd.net.

 

Example Projects

CERCLA Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Training

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

EI developed and conducted a training course for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Colville Tribes) that described the US Environmental Protection Agency's remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) process, including details on human health and ecological risk assessments. EI taught the course to Tribal personnel responsible for areas relevant to the RI/FS process. Topics included the Colville Tribes' hazardous waste program, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) regulatory framework, steps in an RI/FS, risk assessment theory and practice, and the potential for coordinating an RI/FS with a natural resource damage assessment. The Upper Columbia River site was used as a case study for the trainings. EI summarized the results of a risk screening analysis conducted on existing fish tissue data from the area as a way to explain the risk assessment process and outputs. EI also illustrated how, when and where Colville Tribe staff could fit into the RI/FS process when tribal resources are involved.

Environmental Law, Institutional Capacity Building, Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

USAID

In the Dominican Republic, EI staff provided training to raise the level of public and community awareness surrounding environmental issues and environmental regulatory requirements. EI assisted with the development of voluntary compliance initiatives and environmental enforcement of regulations to improve environmental performance. The ISO 14000 standard for Environmental Management Systems was used as a voluntary mechanism to achieve continuous environmental improvement. EI staff worked closely with the US District Attorney's Office developing and coordinating approaches to environmental compliance by providing advice on domestic and international environmental law. EI's work strengthened the institutional capacity of the District Attorney's Office by building a national environmental enforcement program in coordination with other government agencies.

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TESTIMONIALS

"The Siletz Tribe appreciates the work you have done to provide information on the state of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and the effect of pollutants on tribal members who consume fish from the Willamette River."

- Brenda Bremner
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"Throughout the two-year process of developing the rule [under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act], Dr. Bridgen was able not only to juggle the many tasks involved, and to produce high quality products on time, but to offer good alternatives for approaching problems encountered in the course of the project. Her involvement enabled the Agency to develop a good rule, within the time and budget allotted."

-Christine Augustyniak
Deputy Director
Environmental Assistance Division
US EPA

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TESTIMONIALS

“I have been consistently impressed by the high quality of the written work your office produces, as well as the remarkable breadth and depth of technical know-how you and your team have. I have been extremely satisfied with EI's ability to produce high-quality work while staying on time and on or under budget."

- Cathy Hendrickson
Georgetown Crime Prevention & Community Council

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TESTIMONIALS

“The Siletz Tribe appreciates the work you have done to provide information on the state of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and the effect of pollutants on tribal members who consume fish from the Willamette River."

- Brenda Bremner
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"We would like to commend EI for your creative and thorough approach to address these issues of concern to the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC), stakeholders, and the public-at-large ... CIRCACV was very impressed by EI's exceptional understating of State and Federal law, through research, perceptive analysis, and their ability to work effectively with various stakeholders. "

- Rory Dabney
Program Coordinator
CIRCAC

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TESTIMONIALS

"Attendees appreciated the opportunity to interact, communicate and relate their experiences and issues with one another. We were very successful in establishing a springboard for further interaction and resolution to the many issues facing the Native American communities …"

- Douglas W. Grosse
National Risk Management Research Labratory
US EPA

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TESTIMONIALS

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council was very impressed by EI's exceptional understanding of State and Federal law, through research, perceptive analysis, and their ability to work effectively with various stakeholders.

- Rory Dabney
Program Coordinator
CIRCAC

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TESTIMONIALS

“EI's ability to coordinate among our partners in the cooperative process is impressive … EI has shown tremendous ability to ensure open channels of communication with us, with our partners and with those on the other side of the table. Even when negotiations have gotten particularly difficult, EI has demonstrated a sense of ethics and diplomacy, all the while ensuring that the Tribe's voice is heard. “

-Delores Pigsley
Tribal Council Chairman
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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TESTIMONIALS

"I was impressed with the efficiency of the audit team members, who worked closely together to interview personnel in various positions …covering many environmental areas including the hazardous waste facility. The Team's ISO 14001 knowledge was extensive. The recommendations you provided in the audit report have helped ISC Kodiak further develop their EMS and improve their EMS implementation Process."

- Sunsan L. Boyle
Lead Environmental Specialist
US Coast Guard

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TESTIMONIALS

“ Dr. Bridgen obviously has a great deal of EMS implementation experience, which gives her a wealth of examples to broaden and deepen the understanding of the principles and techniques that we are now incorporating at our facilities.“

- Laura Halterman
Department of Veterans Affairs

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TESTIMONIALS

“I want to commend you and EI for your facilitation. The results of the facilitation were exceptional, with all parties leaving the table happy, surprised, and incredulous at how you got the group to come to consensus over issues on which we had been stuck for a long time.

- Jon Gornick
US Army Corps of Engineers

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TESTIMONIALS

"I was impressed with the efficiency of the audit team members, who worked closely together to interview personnel in various positions …covering many environmental areas including the hazardous waste facility. The Team's ISO 14001 knowledge was extensive. The recommendations you provided in the audit report have helped ISC Kodiak further develop their EMS and improve their EMS implementation Process."

- Sunsan L. Boyle
Lead Environmental Specialist
US Coast Guard

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TESTIMONIALS

"I want to commend the performance of EI and, in particular, Valerie Lee in the community involvement and communication effort associated with development of the Kalispel Tribe's EMS...This project is setting a precedent by developing an ISO 14001 compliant EMS to ensure that environmental issues receive the amount of attention that the Tribe, as a steward of the environment, believes they deserve."

-Scott Hall
Kalispel Tribe of Indians

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