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Jeff Staudinger - Environmental Studies

Environmental Resource Management and Pollution Prevention Certificate and Degree Program

Description: In this career-oriented program, students are trained in the interrelated fields of environmental resource management (sustainable multiple-use management of our fundamental environmental resources – air, water, land, food and extracted materials) and pollution prevention. The training received is multidisciplinary, covering the areas of law/regulation, public health, economics, and science and technology, and includes coursework covering a variety of practical management tools that employers look for.

Job Opportunities: Upon completion, students are prepared for employment as environmental management/pollution prevention specialists in a wide range of positions and settings, including working for business/industry, government agencies, professional consulting firms, and non-profit organizations.

Certificates/Degrees Offered:
     --  Certificate of Achievement (23 units)
     --  Certificate of Achievement-Advanced (33 units)
     --  AA Degree (90 units)

Core Courses:
ES 6         Introduction to Environmental Law (4 units)
ES 50       Introduction to Environmental Protection and Pollution Prevention (2 units)
ES 56       Introduction to Environmental Health (4 units)
ES 61A/B Environmental Resource Management and Pollution Prevention
                  A: Air, Water and Land (3 units)
                  B: Chemicals, Energy and Waste (3 units)
ES 62A-D  Environmental Management Tools
                  A: Environmental Management Systems & Environmental Performance Metrics (2 units)
                  B: Environmental Impact Reports (2 units)
                  C: Environmental Site Assessments (2 units)
                  D: Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Design Principles (2 units)
ES 64       AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act) (1 unit)

To Get Started:
1) Contact Jeff Staudinger, Program Coordinator & Lead Instructor (staudingerjeff@deanza.edu; 408-864-5318)
2) Sign-up for ES 50 (Intro to Environmental Resource Management & Pollution Prevention)

Information Packet: ERM&P2 Program Information Packet (PDF file)


Core Course Descriptions:
ES 6         Introduction to Environmental Law (4 units)
An introduction to environmental law and regulation in the U.S. and California, addressing the areas of air quality, water quality, waste management, natural resources management and preservation, energy and land use, along with international environmental agreements (such as the Kyoto Protocol) and environmental equity concerns.

ES 50       Introduction to Environmental Protection and Pollution Prevention (2 units)
An introduction to the field of environmental resource management and pollution prevention, surveying the areas of environmental law, policy, and regulation, environmental health, pollution control (treating or capturing pollution/waste at its source prior to release into the environment), pollution prevention (reducing or eliminating pollution/waste at its source through use of the "three R's": Reduce-Reuse-Recycle), and efficient/sustainable use of natural resources (air, water, land, etc.). Includes overviews of: 1) U.S. and California environmental laws, regulations, and policies, 2) Environmental health issues, 3) Pollution control technologies, 4) Pollution prevention approaches and techniques (Life Cycle Assessment, Design for the Environment, Product Stewardship, Green Building, Green Chemistry, Energy Management, Water Conservation, etc.) and 4) Environmental resource management tools, including Environmental Management Systems (such as ISO 14001) and Sustainability Management Plans.

ES 56       Introduction to Environmental Health (4 units)
Explores the effects that environmental hazards - such as air and water pollution, industrial and hazardous wastes, food and water-borne diseases, and pesticides and other toxic chemical-containing products, including consumer products - have on human health. Investigates laws, regulations, standards and policies governing environmental and occupational exposure and the means to reduce human health risks from such exposure through the risk assessment and risk management processes.

ES 61A     Env Resource Mgmt & Pollution Prevention: Air, Water & Land (3 units)
Explores environmental protection (pollution control and prevention) and resource management, focusing on air, water and land resources. Examines the legal, technical and practical management aspects involved in protecting and sustainably using/managing such resources. Explores associated job and career opportunities in these areas.

ES 61B     Env Resource Mgmt & Pollution Prevention: Chemicals, Energy & Waste (3 units)
Explores environmental protection (pollution control and prevention) and resource management, focusing on: 1) energy and chemical production and use and 2) prevention and management of solid and hazardous waste. Examines the legal, technical and practical management aspects involved in: 1) producing and using energy and chemicals/chemical products, 2) recovering resources from waste materials and 3) disposing of non-recoverable waste materials. Explores associated job and career opportunities in these areas.

ES 62A     Env Mgmt Tools: Env Mgmt Systems & Env Performance Metrics (2 units)Examines: 1) Environmental Management Systems (systematic approaches, such as ISO 14001 and EMAS, used to achieve both regulatory compliance and “beyond compliance” environmental improvement within organizations), and 2) Environmental Performance Metrics (various measurements of environmental performance) and associated reporting of such metrics. Explores associated job and career opportunities in these areas.

ES 62B     Env Mgmt Tools:  Environmental Impact Reports (2 units)
Examines Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) which are used as a means to evaluate, mitigate and publicly disclose the environmental effects of significant public projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Focus is on the required components of standard EIRs and how EIRs are generated. Case studies involving local projects are presented and examined. Explores job and career opportunities associated with CEQA/Environmental Impact Reporting.

ES 62C     Env Mgmt Tools:  Environmental Site Assessments (2 units)
Examines Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) which are used to assess (prior to their sale or redevelopment/ reuse) industrial, commercial and “brownfield” sites for significant environmental contamination and, if found, then developing and evaluating alternatives to “remediate” (clean up or contain) the contamination found to acceptable levels. Focus is on the required components of a standard Phase I ESA and associated report generation. Explores associated job and career opportunities, including becoming a Registered Environmental Assessor (REA).

ES 62D     Env Mgmt Tools:  Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Design Principles (2 units)Examines Industrial Ecology (applying the lessons of nature to industrial processes, products and systems) and associated sustainable design concepts, principles and tools (Biomimicry, Life Cycle Impact Assessments, Design for the Environment, Design for Recycling/Reuse, Water/ Energy/ Materials Conservation, Green Building, Green Chemistry). Also includes examination of Product Stewardship (Extended Producer Responsibility) policies to enhance reuse/recycling efforts and prevent pollution. Explores associated job and career opportunities.

ES 64       AB 32 (California Global Warming Solutions Act) (1 unit)
An overview of California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, AB 32. The course also includes an overview of strategies to implement this act within an organization and a look at the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by three percent per year.

 



Contact
email Email: Jeff Staudinger
Phone: 408.864.5318
Office: 212 Kirsch Center
Office Hours:
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Last Updated: 9/23/13