Tribal Environmental Management and Planning online course

February 16 - May 3, 2015

Tribal Environmental Management and Planning is an introductory course that has been developed collaboratively with NAU’s Applied Indigenous Studies faculty, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, and Tribal Environmental Professionals from across the country. 

This unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction is intended for tribal environmental professionals that work or plan to work with tribal environmental programs. Course details and learning outcomes are provided for each of the following modules below:

 

Modules - view syllabus

Next Offering

Future Offering

Strategic Planning for Tribal Professionals

Feb 16-Mar 1, 2015

fall 2015

Environmental Law & Policy for Tribal Professionals 

Mar 9-22, 2015

Environmental Management & Planning for Tribal Professionals

Mar 30-Apr 12, 2015

Partnerships & Community Outreach for Tribal Professionals

Apr 20-26, 2015

Leadership & Administrative Skills for Tribal Professionals

Apr 27-May 3, 2015

Instructors

 


Estimated learning time

It is estimated that participants will spend approximately 4-6 hours per week on course content, dedicating: 40 hours total learning time for an eight-week course, 10 hours total learning time for a two-week module, and 5 hours total learning time for a one-week module.

Course cost and CEUs

Upon completion of each module (with 75% pass rate on the final exam and 75% completion of discussions and assignments, participants may repeat the exam until passing grade achieved), participants will receive an online certificate of completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to the learning time associated with each module. These CEUs are offered by ITEP under the umbrella of NAU’s College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and NAU’s Applied Indigenous Studies Program.

Participants completing:

  • an 8-week course with 40 hours total learning time will receive 4.0 CEUs and costs $999
  •  a 2-week module with 10 hours total learning time will receive 1.0 CEU and costs $300
  •  a 1-week module with 5 hours total learning time will receive 0.5 CEUs and costs $150

Course delivery methods

The courses and modules will be delivered through NAU’s online learning system. The tools used in this learning system will include discussion boards, blogs, journals, groups, chat, wikis, virtual classroom, videos, and reading materials.

Tribal Environmental Management & Planning Modules

Strategic Planning for Tribal Professionals, February 16 – March 1, 2015

Provides environmental professionals with tools and resources to develop tribally specific approaches to strategic planning with tribal leadership, elected officials, governmental agencies, and other organizations.

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After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Define and develop with your tribal leadership: vision, mission, goals, objectives, and activities to implement a strategic plan.
  • Define your tribe’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • Identify possible impacts of other decision-making organizations and agencies that may affect tribal planning efforts.
  • Draft an outline for a strategic plan using relevant templates, tribal examples, existing tribal resources and documents.
  • Explain 2015 GAP requirements for EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans and implementation.
  • Develop and apply performance measures to planning goals and objectives, ensuring program progress, capacity building, and addressing tribal needs.
  • Develop a comprehensive funding strategy with EPA grants.

Estimated Learning Time: 10 hours
Course Cost: $300

Environmental Law & Policy for Tribal Professionals
March 9 – March 22, 2015

Provides environmental professionals with an overall understanding of how environmental policies, regulation, and laws apply in Indian Country and can be utilized to find solutions to environmental challenges. 

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After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the unique legal and political status of federally-recognized tribal nations, and how that status pertains to environmental management.
  • Provide examples of federal environmental and related laws and how they may be implemented by a tribe.
  • Explain the significance of a federally recognized Indian tribe’s application for US EPA approval to be treated in the same manner as a state (TAS) under various environmental statutes.
  • Engage with federal agencies on priority issues to tribes.
  • Identify areas of concern within a specific tribe that a regulatory program and/or tribal ordinances can address.

Estimated Learning Time: 10 hours
Course Cost: $300

Environmental Management & Planning for Tribal Professionals
March 30 – April 12, 2015

Provides environmental professionals with tools and resources to develop tribally specific, cohesive environmental plans for effective implementation.

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After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the need, required elements, and funding sources for various media-specific and project-focused tribal environmental plans.
  • Recognize the importance of, participate in, and use information from other tribal planning efforts such as natural resources, land use, housing, transportation, and economic development.
  • Recognize the importance of, participate in, and use information from non-tribal planning efforts affecting the tribe at the regional, state, and federal level.
  • Identify tribal environmental priorities that can be addressed through either federal regulations or inherent sovereignty and develop a framework for developing tribal environmental management plans needed by your organization.

Estimated Learning Time: 10 hours
Course Cost: $300

Partnerships & Community Outreach for Tribal Professionals
April 20 – April 26, 2015

Provides environmental professionals with tribally specific tools and resources to engage their community and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of their tribal environmental management plan.

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 After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why community outreach is important to environmental management, and explain the value of both giving and getting information.
  • List stakeholders who should be involved in a community outreach effort.<
  • List methods and tools for community involvement, and determine which are appropriate in various situations.
  • Develop a community involvement plan for a tribal environmental outreach process.

Estimated Learning Time: 5 hours
Course Cost: $150

Leadership & Administrative Skills for Tribal Professionals
April 27 – May 3, 2015

Provides environmental professionals with tribally specific tools and resources to effectively implement their strategic plan by successfully managing and sustaining assets, grants, and personnel.  

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After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Explain key concepts of personnel management in a tribal context.
  • Develop a work plan and budget for an environmental program that is responsive to a request for proposal that is aligned with tribal priorities.
  • Apply key principles of grant management and locate training specific to grant requirements.
  • Identify training needs and competency progression for environmental staff development and retainment.
  • Draft a succession plan by identifying needs and processes to increase capacity and maintain a sustainable workforce.
  • Determine when the tribe can complete tasks with existing personnel and when it may be advantageous to hire a contractor.
  • Develop requests for proposals, contracts, and an associated scope of work.
Estimated Learning Time: 5 hours
Course Cost: $150