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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.

Conferences and Meetings

  • The Center for Environmental Excellence at AASHTO is sponsoring the 2017 Resiliency Peer Exchange on Extreme Weather and Climate Change Conference which will be held on November 6-7, 2017.  This day-and-a-half conference will host experienced and interested state-level professionals to discuss strategies for building more resilient transportation systems and challenges and opportunities for today’s DOTs. 

  • The NatureCity Forum will be held on November 16, 2017 at the Vollmer Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  The forum is a full day exploration of how urban infrastructure can support and improve both dynamic ecosystems and community health.  The day will include local, regional and national case studies on the planning and implementation of projects for community health, climate resiliency, community building and ecology.  Registration is as follows:  

    • $ 60 - Full Day
    • $ 45 - ½ Day Session- morning
    • $ 25- ½ Day Session- afternoon 
  • The Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC) will hold its 23rd Annual Conference at the Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, Maryland, on Friday, December 8, 2017.  The theme of the 2017 MWMC conference is Managing Water Quality in a Changing World.  Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and the conference will adjourn at 4:30 PM.  Early registration ends at November 15th.  Registration is as follows:  

    • $80 - Non-presenters ($70 - before November 17th)
    • $80 - Presenter ($65 -  before November 17th)
    • $60 - Full-time Student ($40 -  before November 17th) 
    • $60 - Member/Staff of Non-Profit ($40 -  before November 17th) 
  • The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting will be held January 7‐11, 2018, 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: Moving the Economy of the Future. Maryland Department of Transportation is a member of TRB so enrollment is free.


Trainings and Webinars

  • The American Planning Association (APA) Transportation Planning Division will conduct a webinar, Land Use, Mobility and Technology in Urban Americaon Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 1:00PM to 2:30PM ET that will discuss managing the traditional challenges of housing, transportation, infrastructure financing, and environmental sustainability in cities and urban areas.
  • TRB Webinar: Policy and Planning Actions to Address Connected and Automated VehiclesTRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET that will discuss the state and local policy and planning actions that can help make sure that the introduction of automated vehicles and connected vehicles will advance community and agency objectives.
  • FHWA is currently holding 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 remaining webinars for this series are listed below. 

    • Green Infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience Pilot 1 (November 2).  Coastal green infrastructure such as dunes, wetlands, living shorelines, reefs, and beaches can protect highways from coastal flooding. FHWA sponsored five green infrastructure pilot projects to assess the potential for such techniques to protect specific locations along coastal roads and bridges. In this webinar, staff from the departments of transportation (DOTs) for Oregon, Maine, and New Hampshire will present the results of their assessments.
    • Green infrastructure Techniques for Coastal Highway Resilience Pilot 2 (November 9).  In this second webinar on FHWA-sponsored green infrastructure pilots, participants will hear the results from pilots in Delaware, Mississippi and New Jersey. Delaware DOT will present its analysis of techniques including oyster reefs, tide flaps, and marsh restoration on the bay side of the barrier island to protect two locations along the state's main coastal road connecting beach towns key to the state's economy
    • FHWA Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework (November 16). This webinar will present an updated and expanded version of FHWA's 2012 Framework. The guide provides an in-depth process for conducting a vulnerability assessment using examples from across the country over the past seven years. 

 

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • National Highway Institute offers a number of web-based and instructor-led transportation training courses for various program areas including the environment
    • 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 Karen.Perritt@dot.gov with any questions or comments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
     

Online Resources

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.