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Environmental Review Training

The Environmental Reviews Training webinars, held by HUD's Office of Environment and Energy, provide comprehensive information for grantees and staff on the various components of the environmental review process. All major topics are discussed by subject matter experts. HUD records all Environmental Review Training webinars; these webinar presentations and accompanying materials are available below.






Basics of a Part 58 Environmental Review for HUD-Assisted Projects 

This webinar is a basic orientation to HUD’s Part 58 regulations on environmental review responsibilities of Responsible Entities. This webinar is intended for an audience with no knowledge or a limited understanding of how to perform environmental reviews in the context of HUD-assisted projects.

Consulting with Indian Tribes about Historic Properties in Environmental Review - June 21, 2012

This webinar showcases tools, required protocols, and best practices for effective and efficient tribal consultation. Responsible Entities must consult with Indian tribes when reviewing a project that might affect historic or prehistoric properties of significance to tribes. HUD has tools to aid in the process including a new tribal consultation protocol; an enhanced on-line Tribal Directory Assessment Tool (TDAT) that identifies where tribes have a current or ancestral interest; and new guidance on when to do archeological surveys. Responsible Entities, Environmental Officers, officials working with NSP grantees, and others will find this webinar very valuable.

Site Planning and Feasibility - July 18, 2012

This webinar explores the importance of considering environmental reviews and issues early in project planning.

Clean Air Act Compliance - August 8, 2012

This webinar includes a brief history of the Clean Air Act (CAA) plus an introduction on how to use the regulation to bring a proposed HUD-assisted site location into compliance. This presentation also covers other related laws and authorities, asbestos guidance, definition of CAA terms, and case examples.

Tribal Consultation about Historic Cultural and Religious Properties in Section 106 Review of HUD Projects - August 15, 2012

This webinar is intended for THPOs and tribal governments only and showcases the new tools and protocols and explains how Responsible Entities (REs) are expected to consult with tribes about historic properties in Section 106 review of HUD projects. It is of interest to tribes and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers who are invited to consult by REs, and to tribes who sometimes serve as REs for projects on tribal lands.

Evaluating Site Contamination for HUD Projects - August 22, 2012

This webinar presents an overview on site contamination, including what it is, why it must be addressed, when it must be evaluated, and how it is evaluated. The webinar provides information on how to conduct due diligence.

Environmental Justice at HUD: Why, What, and How - August 29, 2012

This webinar explores the Department's process for Environmental Justice analysis in detail. Terminology is explained. A broad process is offered. Expectations and goals of public participation and mitigation are presented. Actual projects are combined with illustrative examples to show how HUD considers Environmental Justice within its environmental review process. The intended audience is HUD grantees and staff, but consultants, environmental professionals, and community residents can find informative the issues that define "decent, suitable housing."

Protecting Our Natural Resources: Complying with the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Farmland Protection Policy Act, and Endangered Species Act - September 5, 2012

This webinar serves as a guide to three laws concerning the protection of natural resources: the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Farmland Protection Policy Act, and Endangered Species Act. This webinar outlines the compliance steps in a way that has been tailored towards HUD projects for all three laws.

Historic Preservation and HUD - September 12, 2012

This webinar explores historic preservation, a process which includes a wide range of activities that promote sustainable community development and offer protection of irreplaceable historic and archeological resources. This webinar provides attendees with an overview of preservation principles, qualifications for “historic” status, tools available for development of historic buildings, regulations that protect historic properties, and examples of HUD programs that can assist communities in reaching local housing and community development goals through preservation.

Introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) - September 19, 2012

This webinar explores the overall philosophy, history and purpose of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which is the basis for HUD’s Part 58 regulations. The course includes a basic overview of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, including levels of review and NEPA case law and their influence on HUD’s NEPA process.


Assessment Tools for Environmental Compliance - October 19, 2011

This webinar discusses upgrades to OEE’s Assessment Tools for Environmental Compliance (ATEC) and the use of ATEC components to create an environmental review record. The webinar also covers common errors and mistakes to avoid as well as potential applications for project planning.

Noise Assessment Training - October 20, 2011

This webinar introduces basics concepts of noise related to the built environment and the use of OEE’s Day/Night Noise Level Calculator and Barrier Performance Module in the environmental review process. The webinar also covers common errors and mistakes to avoid as well as potential applications for project planning.

Acceptable Separation Distance (ASD) Training - October 24, 2011

This webinar discusses an overview of the regulation 24 CFR Part 51 Subpart C and answers any questions that are based on the Regulation. The webinar also discusses the ASD assessment process in detail and demonstrates the ASD calculator as an electronic tool for calculating the ASD for HUD-assisted projects.