The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is dedicated to developing and promoting innovative cleanup strategies that restore contaminated sites to productive use, reduce associated costs, and promote environmental stewardship. The EPA strives for cleanup programs that use natural resources and energy efficiently, reduce negative impacts on the environment, minimize or eliminate pollution at its source, and reduce waste to the greatest extent possible. The practice of “green remediation” uses these strategies to consider all environmental effects of remedy implementation for contaminated sites and incorporates options to maximize the net environmental benefit of cleanup actions and reducing project costs.
This course is applicable to engineers involved with the investigation, design, construction, operation, and monitoring phases of site remediation regardless of the selected cleanup remedy.
The student is expected to read and review the USEPA Publication “Green Remediation: Incorporating Sustainable Environmental Practices into Remediation of Contaminated Sites” – EPA 542-R-08-002, April 2008.
The student must take a multiple choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions at the end of this course to obtain four (4) PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Understanding of green remediation practices and objectives
- Considerations and methods to reduce air emissions
- Considerations and methods to reduce energy consumption
- Considerations and methods to minimize water resources
- Considerations and methods to reduce impacts on land and ecosystems
- Considerations and methods to minimize material consumption and waste generation
- Best management practices for long-term stewardship actions
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