Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER)

The Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. This set of self-paced online learning modules can be completed in any order. Each module includes its own learning assessment and opportunity for obtaining a certificate of completion.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the overall requirements for assessing the environmental impacts of any HUD-assisted project.
  • Understanding how to conduct particular components of an environmental review process, including concerns related to: endangered species; environmental justice; airport hazards; noise abatement and control; water elements; explosive and flammable materials; farmland; wild and scenic rivers; air quality; historical preservation; site contamination; and environmental assessment factors.

Access the Modules

  1. Click the link to access the module.
     
  2. You will be prompted to either create or log into your HUD Exchange Learn account.
     
  3. If you need to create an account, Click "Create an Account."
     
    1. Fill out the form, and click the "Create Account" button.
       
    2. Your account has been created. You will receive a confirmation email.
       
  4. After creating an account or logging in, the training will launch in a new window. Make sure your pop-up blockers are turned off.

Take the Quiz and Provide Feedback

To receive credit for completing each module, you must do the following:

  1. Complete the module.
     
  2. Take the Completion Quiz for the module. After completing the module, close the window. You will be taken to the training page in HUD Exchange Learn. Click the "Completion Quiz" link under Activities. You can also access the quiz from the section on this page associated with each module.
     
  3. Complete the Satisfaction Feedback Form for each module. After completing the module, close the window. You will be taken to the training page in HUD Exchange Learn. Click the "Satisfaction Feedback" link under Activities. You can also access the feedback form from the section on this page associated with each module.

Getting Started: Part 58

This module describes the Part 58 environmental review process; defines a project; and explains the different levels of review and the requirements associated with each one.

Quiz and Feedback

Getting Started: Part 50

This module describes the Part 50 environmental review process; defines a project, and summarizes the different levels of review and the requirements associated with each.

Quiz and Feedback

Getting Started: Tools and Resources

This module guides you through the environmental review process, and describes where to look for resources for the environmental review; identifies who to contact for specific laws and authorities; and describes how to prepare for and conduct an Environmental Site Visit.

Quiz and Feedback

Environmental Assessment Factors

This module demonstrates the benefits of site planning in the environmental review process; explains the elements that should be considered in defining a neighborhood; explains how to make a determination as to the impact of the project on the community and make a determination as to the impact of the community on the project; and clarifies the terms "Minor beneficial impact," "No impact anticipated," "Minor adverse impact," and "Significant or potentially significant impact."

Quiz and Feedback

Site Contamination

This module explains the process of evaluating site contamination in the context of HUD projects, including why, when, and how to do so; describes the key components of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments; and explains the screening process for evaluating project sites, including how to determine when professional environmental site assessments are necessary.

Quiz and Feedback

Water Elements

This module presents the laws and authorities governing water elements; demonstrates how to effectively use existing resources to identify water elements; and shows how to make a determination as to the impact and mitigation requirements.

Quiz and Feedback

Historic Preservation

This module describes the regulations and processes, including Section 106, that promote the preservation of historic properties, including a detailed discussion of the steps within the Section 106 process. In addition, the module reviews how to identify historic properties, and how to make a determination as to impact and mitigation requirements for a project affecting an historic property.

Quiz and Feedback

Explosive and Flammable Materials

This module explains the requirement for analyzing explosive, combustible, and flammable hazards; how to calculate Acceptable Separation Distance (ASD); and how to identify project alternatives to mitigate impact.

Quiz and Feedback

Noise Abatement and Control

This module reviews the goals for regulating noise; identifies the major sources of noise and how to calculate their noise levels; explores the impacts of noise; and helps to identify options to attenuate and mitigate noise.

Quiz and Feedback

Environmental Justice

This module reviews the importance of Environmental Justice within the overall environmental review process; explains how to determine if a proposed project is in an environmental justice community; and what data needs and analysis is required to determine if a violation of Executive Order 12898, Federal Action to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations, exists.

Quiz and Feedback

Air Quality

This module describes the laws and authorities governing air quality; describes how to use existing resources to identify attainment and nonattainment areas; and explains how to make a determination as to impact and mitigation requirements.

Quiz and Feedback

Endangered Species

This module reviews the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the agencies responsible for carrying it out; explains how to determine the types of effects a project may have on federally listed species or critical habitats; and illustrates the consultation process, including when and how to conduct formal and informal consultation.

Quiz and Feedback

Airport Hazards

This module explains HUD’s policy on Airport Hazards for both civil and military airports; and summarizes the steps to apply and tools to use if a project is located within an Airport Hazard Zone.

Quiz and Feedback

Farmlands

This module identifies the purpose of the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA); the types of farmland it covers; and describes next steps if a HUD project involves land that might fall under the FPPA.

Quiz and Feedback

Wild and Scenic Rivers

This module describes how wild and scenic rivers are classified; summarizes the key points of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act; reviews the Act's screening and analysis procedures; and discusses how to protect a river's values through management plan review and agency consultation.

Quiz and Feedback

 

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