Brownfields Job Development and Training program-related material is available from various governmental and non-governmental sources on many levels of complexity. There are excellent Web-based resources that address specific brownfields issues.

The following links are recommended to supplement your brownfield basics education. For best results, use Internet search engines to locate current offerings of Web-based resources.

Technical assistance regarding brownfields law and regulation

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
offers a wide range of services to its members and the local government community. ICMA has been involved in brownfields activities since its inception, and presents numerous studies regarding the development of brownfields programs.

The Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO)
is an organization that promotes and facilitates public participation in the oversight of environmental activities, including but not limited to the remediation of federal facilities, private Superfund sites, and brownfields. You can subscribe at no charge to the CPEO newsletter detailing current environmental litigation, legislation and events.

Health and safety regulations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
provides an excellent index to health- and safety-related issues by topic area. The OSHA Web site also provides answers to questions such as:

  • What standards apply to brownfields?
  • How can I evaluate exposure to Brownfields hazards?
  • How can I evaluate exposure to hazards?
  • What are some examples of possible solution to hazards?
  • Where can I find additional information?
Students practice decontamination

Students practice decontamination Photo credit: ATEEC

Additional topic areas include:

  • Blood borne Pathogens
  • Carcinogens
  • Confined Spaces
  • Construction
  • Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Dermal Exposure
  • Direct Reading Instruments
  • Electrical
  • Emergency Response
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Safety
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Hazardous and Toxic Substances
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Heat Stress
  • Heavy Metals
  • Medical Screening/Surveillance,
  • Noise and Hearing
  • Permissible Exposure Limits,
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Reproductive Hazards
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safety and Health Programs
  • Sampling and Analysis
  • Trenching and Excavation
  • Ventilation
  • Walking/Working Surfaces
  • Welding, Cutting, and Brazing &

Technical assistance regarding development of education and training programs

The Advanced Technology Environmental Education Center (ATEEC)
is perhaps one of the most comprehensive Web sites relating to the establishment of environmental education and training programs. ATEEC is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center of Excellence with a mission of advancing environmental technology education through curriculum development, professional development, and program improvement in the nation’s community colleges and high schools. You will find information on the following topids:

The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI)
The Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) is an environmental health and safety education and training organization established in 1987. The purpose of the Institute is to promote worker protection and the maintenance of a clean and safe environment through education and training. HMTRI is recognized as one of a select number of national centers for excellence by several federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Science Foundation.
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The Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST)
The Community and College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST), administered by the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) has training components for the EPA Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP) and the DOE Worker Training Program. The CCCHST HWWTP consists of 120 partners offering hazardous materials instruction (HAZWOPER and related Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)(29 CFR 1910.120) in most states of the nation.  CCCHST uses a curriculum developed by the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI) Davenport, Iowa through a train-the-trainer model program. CCCHST instructors, prepared by PETE and HMTRI, annually train 10,000 workers, technicians, and supervisors to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during waste site clean-up, disaster site cleanup, Brownfields redevelopment, in the transportation of hazardous materials, and in the response to spills and releases of hazardous materials. CCCHST membership consists of community colleges partnered with business and industry, universities, and community-based organizations offering a response to the national training need for hazardous waste workers, disaster site workers and emergency response personnel.

The CCCHST program serves the DOE environmental restoration and waste management sites across the United States. The program provides convenient, consistent, and cost-effective, NIEHS-approved worker training to DOE, contractors, subcontractors, and public officials serving DOE facilities who do not otherwise receive training offered by organized labor. The University of Tennessee is a subawardee. The five-year goal is to train 1500 students and offer 20,000 contact hours of hazardous materials training. See CCCHST/NIEHS for more information.

PETE_new_logoThe Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE)
is an ATEEC partner, is a non-profit organization that links with community colleges, government, and industry to promote environmental technology jobs, training, and transfer of information.

eERL (electronic Environmental Resources Library)
is an online collection of environmental and sustainability resources for community college educators/librarians, and students as well as workers in the field of environmental technology. eERL is a collaborative project with many partners, but primarily developed by ATEEC and the Eastern Iowa Community College District (EICCD).

eERL provides information on health and safety and the many related environmental technology topics, ranging from air quality and energy to water and wastewater or global climate change. eERL is juried, by experts (educators, technicians, librarians, etc.) in the environmental technology field.

Brownfields Minority Worker Training program participants

Brownfields Minority Worker Training program participants Photo credit: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The Worker Education and Training Program (WETP)
supports the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation, and emergency response. WETP is a federally funded program administered by the Division of Extramural Research and Training (DERT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

provides a range of training information to EPA, other federal agency, state, tribal, and local staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. This site includes training schedules for deliveries of both classroom and Web-based courses, along with excellent links to other related sites.

Technical assistance regarding brownfields environmental assessment, technology, and remediation

is a definitive resource for and about environmental technology, assessments, and cleanup. This Web site describes programs, organizations, publications, and other tools for federal and state personnel, consulting engineers, technology developers and vendors, remediation contractors, researchers, community groups, and individual citizens. Developed by the EPA, the Clue-in Web site is a forum for all waste remediation stakeholders.

Hazardous Substance Research Centers
provide assistance under two programs Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC) and Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB).

Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC)
uses educational and technical resources to help community groups understand the technical issues involving the hazardous waste sites in their midst. TOSC aims to empower communities to participate substantively in the decisionmaking process regarding their hazardous substance problems. An affiliate of TOSC is the Technical Outreach Services for Native American Communities (TOSNAC) program, which provides technical assistance to Native Americans dealing with hazardous substance issues.

Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities (TAB)
helps communities clean and redevelop properties that have been damaged or undervalued by environmental contamination. The purpose of these efforts is to create better jobs, increase the local tax base, improve neighborhood environments, and enhance the overall quality of life.

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of information that has been generated relating to brownfields program activities. We suggest that you review general materials first and then move to more specific and detailed information sources as interest dictates.

Web-based resources and technical assistance are most useful in program planning and acquisition of background and reference material. You can access comprehensive sources of technical information as well as current developments without leaving the office.

The information sources and technical assistance can be divided into four categories: Technical assistance regarding brownfields law and regulation

  • Environmental occupations
  • Assistance with DACUM training process
  • Environmental curriculum
  • Curriculum materials
  • Program development
  • Instructor development

ATEEC’s Web site also contains a portal to resources and journals in the following areas

  • Career Information Links
  • United States Government Links
  • International Environmental Links
  • Environmental Interest Links
  • Online Journals/Publications
  • Educational and Institutional Links
  • Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
  • ATEEC Partners’ Sites