Solid Waste Training and Technical Assistance Program
Free Technical Assistance
Akiinak ikaayuryugngamken, Qayaagauqia 907 444 1197, wallu igarlua email@example.com Do you need other Native language assistance to understand our services or materials? Email LEP@zendergroup.org
For the 2017 federal fiscal year (Oct 2016 - Sept 2017), Zender Environmental is able to offer free solid waste related technical assistance to all rural Alaska villages, thanks to a generous grant from USDA. Assistance is provided on a first come first serve basis, with some slots prioritized for high-needs villages. Click here for examples of technical assistance we are able to provide. Staff has been providing technical assistance, research, and grantwriting to Alaska Native Villages for over ten years, so we are able to share the useful information from Villages around the State on what has worked. Whether you attend a solid waste plan training or not, we can help you apply for USDA water/waste grants or provide other solid waste assistance for free. Fill out this form and email or fax it to us and we will get back to you. Request Form
If you have any questions, please contact Simone Sebalo firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 907 277 2111.
Fax: 1 877 335 6780
Akiinak eliisaryugngaamken, qayaagauqiu 444.1197, wallu igarlua lep@zendergroup Do you need other Native language assistance to understand our services or materials? Email LEP@zendergroup.org
May 3-5, 2017 Qualified Sampler Training (Water Quality and Soil Sampling Training), Dillingham, Hosted by BBNA (no fee)
June 13-14, 2017 Waste Utility Training, Nome (no fee)
July 31-August 4, 2017 COMBINED Integrated Solid Waste Management Planning (ISWMP) Training AND Backhaul Training (no fee) (Held at the Denali Commission in downtown Anchorage)
August 23-25, 2017 Qualified Sampler Training (Water Quality and Soil Sampling Training), (no fee) (Held at the Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage)
September 11-15, 2017 COMBINED Composting Solid Waste Training AND Waste Utility Training, (no fee) (Held at the Denali Commission in downtown Anchorage)
Description of Trainings
Qualified Sampler Training (Water Quality and Soil Sampling Training)
This training will involve 1 classroom day plus 2 field days at a local creek and one classroom hands-on instruction day. You will learn how to take your own water and soil samples to send for laboratory contaminant testing, how to test on-site for surface water fecal coliform, and how to sample and monitor for the basic water quality parameters using a YSI probe and turbidity meter. Passing this course satisfies the State of Alaska training requirements to become a qualified sampler. Need more convincing? Trainees with approved QAPPs and appropriate sampling equipment can receive free follow-up assistance to help them complete the State's requirement for supervised work in the field. Need even more convincing? Earn University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) course credit for the ENVI 110 Introduction to Water Quality class if you attend and complete this training. Our instructor, Sean Peterson is an adjunct instructor. For those who are interested in this opportunity, we will help you register during the class
Sustainable Solid Waste Management (SSWM) Training
This is a USDA funded training, coordinated by Zender Environmental Health and Research Group. This training explores in-depth several topics needed to manage your solid waste program. Some of the training topics will include: developing codes and ordinances; packaging and shipping recyclables, haz waste, e-waste; landfill problem solving, composting and solid waste funding. Click here for a past sample agenda. Note that the July 31-August 4, 2017 training largely focuses on backhaul (collecting, storing, packaging, and shipping hazardous wastes), and the September 11-15, 2017 training largely focuses on composting.
Waste Utility Training
Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn't seem to improve? Based on a successful model developed by the USDA, this training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation. We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 10 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program's weaknesses and strengths in each management area, and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a full solid waste management and budget and a community outreach strategy.
Alaska Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) Training
Zender Environmental and USDA Rural Development are pleased to offer the Alaska Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (AISWMP) training in downtown Anchorage. Participants work on a laptop and enter information directly into a plan template that is the first of it’s kind in the nation. (Click here for more information about the ISWMP template). By the end of the training, you will have a draft of a solid waste plan specific for your community. These trainings have been ongoing since 2006 and incorporate nearly 100 Alaska communities’ comments into making them specific and useful to rural Alaska.
Details of the ISWMP training:
- Travel stipend for participants who complete the 3-day training
- Training is free
- Training is for Alaska Tribes to maximize learning from other Villages what has worked well.
- Template is built around Alaska situations
- Template and training can be used for a full waste plan or a component of a your waste program
- Learn how to use the computer to address solid waste problems, like sizing a dumpster
- Learn how to make a chart or graph in Excel
- Learn how to work with picture images and drawing tools
- Learn how to carry out a waste characterization
- Calculate your special wastes, such as electronics, batteries, used oil
- Calculate your construction wastes
- Learn to use Excel for budgeting
- Individual instruction for individual SWM problems
- Alaska-based agency speakers on funding opportunities with opportunity to network
- Open to folks who want a refresher or who wish to learn more about planning
- Meet, network, and discuss with other Alaska Tribes what works and what doesn’t
- Technical assistance is available after workshop completion to help you finish or implement your plan
To apply for the trainings listed above:
Click here to download the application and travel form for the SSWM, ISWMP, Waste Utility, and Anchorage Qualified Sampler trainings
Click here to download the application for the Dillingham Qualified Sampler (water quality and soil sampling) training
You can scan and email the form to email@example.com or fax to 1 877 335 6780. Please note that you are not registered until you receive verbal or email confirmation back from us.
If you have any questions about these trainings, please contact Simone Sebalo at firstname.lastname@example.org, 907 277 2111.
This is an Equal Opportunity Program. Discrimination is prohibited by Federal law. Complaints of discrimination may be filed with the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.