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Zender Environmental Health & Research Group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

What We Do

Training

See below for a list of our free trainings. Do you have questions? Contact April McCoy amccoy@zendergroup.org  907-277-2111. Please note, to attend you must be registered.

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2020

Dates Training Location Status
Sept 21

This 1.5 hr webinar by long-time landfill operator and solid waste expert Paul Berry that gives a step-by-step tour of what a small rural Alaska landfill facility can look like and how he developed each program component at the Gustavus Disposal and Recycling Center Operations include composting, recycling, used oil disposal, backhaul, baling, materials resale, inventorying, fee charging, and recordkeeping. Gustavus didn’t get there overnight, but persistence and steady efforts paid off here and many or all components can work in your community too.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

Virtual Closed
Oct 6-8

Description: In this virtual training, 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. One-on-one follow-up will be provided post-training to each attendee to answer questions, troubleshoot testing, and help with writing QAPP’s and more.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

Virtual Closed
Nov 17-19

Description: This virtual backhaul training will cover collection, storage, inventory, supplies, packing, working with vendors and transporters, shipping, labeling, paperwork. The training will run from 9:00-2:30 with a break for lunch on Nov 17-19 and there will be a required intro session on November 16th from 1:30-2:30.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone only. This training will be given live by toll-free phone. We will mail all the presentation materials in advance. No internet required or used.

Virtual Closed
Dec 8-9

Description: Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn’t seem to improve? This training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation. We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 9 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program’s weaknesses and strengths and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a solid waste management budget and a community outreach strategy.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

Virtual Closed

2021

Dates Training Location Status
Jan 7-8

Description: Work with our staff in virtual breakout groups or one-on-one to complete your Solid Waste Management plan.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Internet required. This will be an online Zoom-like training with breakout rooms to work with our staff in small groups of participants with similar plan status.

Virtual Closed
Feb 23-26

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage, packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Internet required. This will be an online training with live video instruction.

Virtual Closed
Mar 23-25
Virtual Closed
Sept 22-23

Using the Exposure Pathways Method to Identify and Reduce Potential Health Risks from Rural Alaska Waste Sites

Exposure to toxic chemicals from waste and waste management activities can create health risks for communities, but you can take steps to reduce or stop most of these risks. The first step is to know how to identify a risk. The second step is to understand how the risks can be stopped. The third step is to know how to prioritize which risks that you should work on first. This course is specifically designed for participants in rural Alaska and will focus on rural Alaska scenarios. Participants will learn how to identify the waste practices and community conditions that have the potential for negative health impacts. Participants will also learn the Exposure Pathway Method to design a way to reduce or stop the risks that pose the highest concern for their community’s health. Training in the Exposure Pathway Method can be applied to multiple environmental health risks in the community. This course will be limited to a small group of participants to ensure time for discussion and activities.

Participants in this course will learn how to:
• Define an exposure pathway
• Identify solid waste exposure pathways in their communities
• Identify ways to break these pathways and stop or reduce the health risks
• Prioritize the pathways to work on first
• Apply these concepts in your community

Participants will also have the opportunity to share input on their needs pertaining to conducting community outreach, which will inform future training efforts.

The course will be taught by Dr. Lynn Zender, Simone Sebalo and Sean Peterson of Zender Environmental Research Group.

This training is funded by EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery and organized by the EPA Tribal Waste program with support from Booz Allen Hamilton.

Questions: Contact Angel Ip, ip.angel@epa.gov

**NOTE** you must attend all three sessions. This is a two-part course with a required 15-minute tech check on Tuesday and two 2.5 hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Oct 26-28

Description: In this virtual training, 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. One-on-one follow-up will be provided post-training to each attendee to answer questions, troubleshoot testing, and help with writing QAPP’s and more.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

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Nov 2-4

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage, packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Internet required. This will be an online training with live video instruction.

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Nov 9-10

Description: Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn’t seem to improve? This training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation.

We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 9 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program’s weaknesses and strengths and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a solid waste management budget and a community outreach strategy.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

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2022

Dates Training Location Status
Feb 9-10

Description: Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn’t seem to improve? This training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation.

We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 9 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program’s weaknesses and strengths and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a solid waste management budget and a community outreach strategy.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

Virtual Register Now
March 1-3

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage, packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.


Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Internet required. This will be an online training with live video instruction.

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March 23rd

Description: New Course! This training focuses on small landfill equipment such as bobcats, balers, glass crushers, and other recycling equipment. We will train operators how to keep a piece of equipment running for 30 years to increase program sustainability and how to maintain the equipment workspace, facility, and ensure proper storage.

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May 10-12

Description: New Course! Looking to up your game in solid waste? Want to see a compost program in action or how a glass crusher is used or how to operate a recycling baler or how to operate a pay as you throw program or setting up a community materials reuse program function? We are happy to offer a dream of ours –an on-site 3-day training at the Gustavus Landfill. The Gustavus operator will host this training and you or your landfill staff will see and learn firsthand what these various programs and equipment look can like in real-life, in- action, and in a small off-road community. Added Bonus – Enjoy beautiful Gustavus – Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park!

Gustavus Register Now
Spring 2022

Description: This course trains communities that have a specific need for certification. The training is divided up into classroom and hands- on sections. The classroom section covers topics such as: refrigeration cycle, stratospheric ozone depletion, important regulations, recovery equipment and techniques. The hands-on section covers safety, equipment & tools, field prepping refrigerant cylinders (putting into a vacuum), checking for and purging non-condensable air, recovery setup and techniques, and labeling and shipping. During the hands-on section a generator is used to run the recovery pump, PPE is taught and provided, and appliances are made available for students to practice with.

Anchorage Will Open Soon
June 2022

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage,packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.

Anchorage Will Open Soon
2022

Description: 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. One-on-one follow-up will be provided post-training to each attendee to answer questions, troubleshoot testing, and help with writing QAPP’s and more.

Nome Will Open Soon
Summer 2022

Description: 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. One-on-one follow-up will be provided post-training to each attendee to answer questions, troubleshoot testing, and help with writing QAPP’s and more.

Anchorage Will Open Soon
Summer 2022

Description: Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn’t seem to improve? This training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation. We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 9 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program’s weaknesses and strengths and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a solid waste management budget and a community outreach strategy.

Anchorage Will Open Soon
Summer 2022

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage, packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.

Bethel Will Open Soon
Sept 2022

Did you know that federal regulations require every person that handles or transports hazardous waste must be trained? Even if they are only loading batteries onto a plane or driving packed batteries in an ATV cart? Make sure your local air carrier agents have the training they need to for your community to be safe and your backhaul program compliance 100% airtight!

Bethel Will Open Soon

Photos From Past Trainings