Environmental Impact Training

Onsite Courses


EIT offers various onsite courses on environmental impact assessment and its related topics. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Canter, founder and lead instructor has taught over 130 courses to various federal agencies, local and international organizations and governments. As an author of over 12 books on environmental impact topics, Dr. Canter is a leading authority on EIA and provides relevant, up-to-date course topics that are useful in any profession requiring the analysis or completion of environmental impact.

The short courses are available for on-site presentations to individual agencies, industries, and consulting companies. In addition, selected combinations of topics from several of the courses can be packaged together to meet the specific training needs of clients. Further, client-provided case studies can be incorporated into course agendas. Examples of such studies include environmental impact statements (EISs) or portions thereof, environmental assessments (EAs), scoping reports, and court decisions related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Our short on-site courses range from the fundamental aspects of EIA to advanced topics such as cumulative effects assessment. Specialized courses are also available in risk assessment, adaptive management, computer-based tools, and review of NEPA documents.

On-site courses can be arranged via a contract, a single purchase order or multiple training registrations. The length of the course, date, location and specific agenda topics can be selected to meet your training needs. Courses can be packaged from several of the courses and can be customized to incorporate agency requirements, types of projects and pertinent case studies. Training materials are provided with each course and can also be customized to meet the required training needs. In addition, any of the courses can be condensed into a short “Executive Briefing”, to expose key personnel or management to concepts, terminology, and key legislative requirements.

Some of the courses available include:

Environmental Impact Assessment: This course focuses on the planning and conduction of environmental assessments (EAs) or environmental impact statements (EISs) for proposed projects, plans, programs, permits, or policies. The requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations are stressed. Systematic approaches for predicting and assessing impacts on the air, surface and ground water, noise, biological, cultural and socio-economic environments are presented, and techniques for multi-criteria decision.

Advanced Topics in Environmental Impact Assessment: This course highlights emerging topics related to the principles and practice of EIA, including concepts, tools and methods, and related issues. Concepts addressed include EIA within the planning process, scoping as an analytical process for identifying key impact concerns, cumulative effects assessment, and mitigation banking. Newer tools and methods encompass geographic information systems (GIS), risk assessment, expert systems, and decision support systems. Market-based considerations in environmental management are addressed via topics on incremental cost analysis, emissions trading, and economic valuation of impacts. The use of environmental monitoring and auditing in responsible project management is also discussed.

Cumulative Effects Assessment: This course describes concepts and approaches for incorporating cumulative effects considerations within the EIA process. The substantive topics addressed include:

  • Principles and procedures
  • Determining spatial and temporal boundaries for cumulative effects
  • Defining baseline conditions
  • Delineation of reasonably foreseeable future actions
  • Use of methods for identifying cumulative effects
  • Incorporation of CEA considerations in the scoping process
  • Examples of cumulative effects prediction methods
  • Mitigation and monitoring of cumulative effects.

Special attention is given to case studies as an approach for defining lessons learned.

Review of NEPA Documents: This course describes principles and criteria for reviewing draft EAs and draft EISs from the perspective of internal reviews by the proponent agency, intra-agency and inter-agency reviews based on “jurisdiction by law” or “special expertise”, or reviews by various publics or individuals. Substantive topics addressed include:

  • The legal/institutional context for review,
  • Single-person reviews versus coordination of multiple-person team reviews,
  • Criteria for review of NEPA documents,
  • Review of technical issues such as hydrogeological impacts, impacts on threatened or endangered species, and impacts on wetlands.

Attention is also given to the review of how EJ and CEA are addressed, as well as communicating the results of the review process to consulting firms preparing the documents, intra-agency groups, and inter-agency proponents. Workshops are included to provide experience on the actual review of NEPA documents or portions thereof.

Addressing Cultural Resources in the NEPA Process: This course relates to the institutional requirements and procedures for addressing the impacts of proposed projects, plans or programs on historic or prehistoric (archaeological) resources. Particular attention is given to the National Historic Preservation Act and the 1999 modifications to the Section 106 process, the Archeological Resources Protection Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Other topics include:

  • Interrelationships between the proponent agency, State Historic Preservation Office, Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Records searches
  • Planning and conducting cultural resources surveys

Numerous examples of successful approaches for addressing and managing cultural resources provide useful illustrations for appropriate professional practice.

Strategic Environmental Assessment: Principles and Practices Related to Programmatic EAs and EISs: This course highlights similarities and differences between project-level impact studies and the planning and preparation of programmatic EAs and EISs on agency policies, plans and programs. Both U.S. and international experience in these types of strategic studies are described. Case studies of three main types of SEAs are presented. The types include:

  • Policy-level studies
  • Regional or Geographical Area Studies
  • Sectoral studies, including water, transportation, energy and agriculture

Substantive topics covered in this course include:

  • SEA and sustainable development
  • SEA and CEA
  • Scoping
  • Environmental indicators
  • Development of alternatives
  • Methods
  • Generic mitigation measures

Any of these courses can be customized for your agency, industry or topic.

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for the Regulatory Program
  • Advanced Topics in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment for the Regulatory Program
  • Review of NEPA Documents
  • Cultural Resources: Identification, Analysis, and Evaluation
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment of Highway Plans and Projects
  • Protocol for addressing Environmental Sustainability of Specific VECs
  • Resource-related Methods and Tools for Predicting Cumulative Effects on Key VECs
  • Assessment of Induced and Cumulative Effects
  • Environmental and Social Assessment Review
  • Computer-based Models and Information for the EIA process
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Marine Fisheries Management
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment for Marine Fisheries Management
  • NEPA Project Management for Marine Fisheries Management
  • Direct, Indirect, and Cumulative Effects in the Context of Marine Fisheries Management
  • Writing Better EAs and EISs
  • Writing and Reviewing EAs and EISs
  • EIA/CEA Executive Briefing
  • Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Site Investigation
  • NEPA-Related Judicial Decisions and Companion Environmental Laws
  • NEPA Document Review for Highway Projects
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment for U.S. Army Installations
  • Evaluation of Alternatives
  • Tiering in the NEPA Process
  • Advanced Environmental Management (including EMS)
  • Special Topics Associated with the NEPA Process
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment for Transportation Projects
  • Improving Your Technical Writing Skills

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