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Events and Training

*The listing of any privately sponsored conferences or training events should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the conference or training by the government.

 

Upcoming Webinars, Conferences, and Meetings

  • On Monday, December 10, 2018 at 3:00pm ET, AASHTO will present a webinar titled Learning from Hurricane Florence, as part of the AASHTO Resilience Webinar Series.  This webinar provides lessons learned from Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm that ripped through the Carolinas and caused severe flooding that was compounded by pre-existing ground saturation due to earlier summer floods. 

  • On Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm ET, AASHTO will present a webinar titled On a Sustainable Path: The Role of Walkability in Addressing Climate Change.  Transportation accounted for over a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in the US in 2016. Creating opportunities for walking and other forms of active transportation can help lower that number and create opportunities to address climate change both within the US and around the world. This webinar will explore the role walkability can and should play in the fight for sustainability

  • The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET titled Understanding Airport Air Quality Management and Public Health.  The presentation will be AASHTO will be presenting an webinarbased on research from reports presented by The Airport Cooperative Research Program. Airport operations generally contribute to local and regional air quality. However, there are uncertainties in quantifying emissions, especially from aircraft. This webinar will describe what is currently known about the potential impacts of airport activities on local and regional air quality and public health. The presenters will also introduce an airport air quality management electronic resource library and guidebook.

  • The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting will be held January 13‐17, 2019, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 800 sessions and workshops. The spotlight theme for the Annual Meeting will be Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future. Maryland Department of Transportation is a member of TRB so enrollment is free.


Online Resources

Air Quality, Climate, and Energy

  • The National Highway Institute (NHI) Air Quality Planning web-based training series is designed for transportation practitioners. All courses are free. For more information, visit www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov and search Air Quality Planning or look for the specific course number. Please contact Karen Perritt at (202) 366-9066, or with any questions or comments.
  • FHWA developed a Resilience webinar series to present the results of recent climate resilience-related research. Previously recorded webinars in this series can be viewed on the Resience Webinar Series page.  
  • The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Training Search is a web tool that lists free training opportunities to help agencies meet federal energy, water, and sustainability laws and requirements.
  • Energy Star hosts a series of webcasts covering various topics regarding energy management.

Environmental Compliance

  • The USEPA's National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) provides online eLearning, live webinar, and classroom training opportunities to environmental enforcement personnel (including government inspectors, the legal community, and investigators) in federal, state, tribal and local governments.
  • EPA's Clu-In Training webpage offers a number of free web-based training courses regarding contaminated site clean-up information and hazardous waste remediation.
  • Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET) offers training on environmental, health, and safety topics. MCET courses are held at community colleges and other designated sites in Maryland.

Transportation and the Environment

  • National Highway Institute offers a number of web-based and instructor-led transportation training courses for various program areas including the environment
  • The U.S. Department (USDOT) provides a web‐based, searchable database of USDOT‐sponsored R&D and technology project records at USDOT Research HUB. The database acts as a central repository for information on active and recently completed projects, providing a comprehensive account of USDOT’s research portfolio at the project level.
  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) offers the Environmental Review Toolkit as a resource for information and updates about transportation and the environment. The Toolkit provides up-to-date information on transportation and environment policy, guidance, best practices, and training.
  • The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Environmental Excellence offers diverse products and programs for technical assistance, training, information exchange, partnership-building opportunities, and quick access to environmental tools.

Water

  • The Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center has released a four-part video series entitled "Public-Private Partnerships: Leveraging the Strengths of Government and the Private Sector." These educational offerings highlight local leaders who are partnering with the private sector to better manage stormwater and achieve shared community goals. Two videos offer Maryland-based perspectives regardin P3s.
  • The USEPA's Watershed Academy sponsors free webcast seminars for local watershed organizations, municipal leaders and others.  Previous webinars are available in addition to the free self-paced on-line training modules for Watershed Management.
  • The USEPA’s Office of Research Development and Office of Water host a monthly webinar series to communicate USEPA’s current small systems research along with agency priorities. The training series provides a forum for EPA to communicate directly with state personnel and other drinking water and wastewater small systems professionals.
  • The USEPA and State water quality and wetland associations have partnered to develop an online tool to help develop protective and comprehensive water quality standards for wetlands.
  • The Chesapeake Stormwater Network hosts a number of reports, archived webinars, and fact sheets regarding sustainable stormwater management for the Chesapeake Bay.
  • The USEPA offers guidance, training courses, workshops, and webcasts that explain the regulatory framework and technical considerations of the NPDES permit program. They are designed for permit writers, dischargers, USEPA officials, and other interested parties.

 


Links

  • The Maryland Green Registry is a free, voluntary program offering tips and resources to help business and other organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.
  • Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) is the Maryland State Agency responsible for policy, regulations, and enforcement related to Maryland's air, water, and land resources.
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is a Maryland State Agency responsible for the monitoring, stewardship and sustainability of Maryland's natural resources and provides public access to Maryland's extensive and varied natural resources as well as related educational opportunities and interactive experiences.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the lead federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment. EPA programs encompass environment science, research, education, resource assessment and compliance.