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 title of the module you want to access.
  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.
  4. Fill out the form, and click the Create Account  button.
  5. Your account has been created. You will receive a confirmation email.
  6. 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 Quizzes to Complete the Modules

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

  1. Complete the module.
  2. Take the Completion Quiz. 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.

Provide Feedback

Please provide feedback on each module. After completing the module, close the window. You will be taken to the training page in HUD Exchange Learn. Click the "Feedback Form" link under Activities. You can also access the feedback form from the section on this page associated with each module.


Training Modules

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

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

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

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

Explosive and Flammable Materials

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Farmland

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Wild and Scenic Rivers

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Air Quality

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Historic Preservation

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Site Contamination

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Environmental Assessment

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Getting Started Part 50

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Getting Started Part 58

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Environmental Review Resources and Site Visit

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