Tribal Environmental Management and Planning online course

February 2 - March 29, 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 2-15, 2015

fall 2015

Environmental Management & Planning for Tribal Professionals

Feb 16-Mar 1, 2015

Environmental Law & Policy for Tribal Professionals

Mar 2-15, 2015

Partnerships & Community Outreach for Tribal Professionals

Mar 16-22, 2015

Leadership & Administrative Skills for Tribal Professionals

Mar 23-29, 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, 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 $750
  •  a 2-week module with 10 hours total learning time will receive 1.0 CEU and costs $250
  •  a 1-week module with 5 hours total learning time will receive 0.5 CEUs and costs $125

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 2 – February 15, 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: mission, goals, objectives, and activities to implement a strategic plan, and engage key stakeholders in strategic planning.
  • Determine methods for producing an environmental strategic plan collaborating with other tribal departments.
  • Identify possible impacts of other decision-making organizations and agencies at the county, state, and federal level that may affect tribal planning efforts.
  • Draft an outline for a strategic plan using relevant templates, tribal examples, existing tribal resources and documents. 

Estimated Learning Time: 10 hours
Course Cost: $250

Environmental Management & Planning for Tribal Professionals
February 16 – March 1, 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 tribal environmental priorities that can be addressed through either federal regulations or inherent sovereignty and develop a framework for a tribal environmental management plan.
  • Explain 2013 GAP requirements for Tribal Environmental Agreements and implementation.
  • Recognize the importance of participating in and using information from non-tribal planning efforts affecting the tribe at the regional, state, and federal level.
  • Locate and provide information about funding sources for tribal natural resource and land management planning.
  • Develop and apply performance measures to planning goals and objectives, ensuring program progress, capacity building, and addressing tribal needs.

Estimated Learning Time: 10 hours
Course Cost: $250

Environmental Law & Policy for Tribal Professionals
March 2 – March 15, 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.
  • Discuss TAS and the circumstances of its application.
  • Engage in EPA's rulemaking process on priority issues to tribes.
  • Provide examples of federal environmental and related laws and how they may be implemented by a tribe.
  • 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: $250

Partnerships & Community Outreach for Tribal Professionals
March 16 – March 22, 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:

  • Explain why community outreach is important to environmental management.
  • List methods and tools for community involvement, and determine which are appropriate in various situations.
  • List stakeholders who should be involved in a community outreach effort.
  • Develop a community involvement plan for a tribal environmental outreach process.

Estimated Learning Time: 5 hours
Course Cost: $125

Leadership & Administrative Skills for Tribal Professionals
March 23 – March 29, 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.
  • Identify training needs and competency progression for environmental staff development.
  • Draft a succession plan to 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: $125