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Sustainability for the Real World

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Course Code: EO0129CA17

6 TCHs offered for NJ Water and Wastewater Operators
(License S, C, N, T, W, VSWS)

Sustainability Course for Utility Professionals

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Last Held: September 28, 2016
8:00am - 3:45pm (Check-in time: 7:30am)

Next offering TBD.


Sustainability – the word seems to be everywhere you look today. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) devoted the entire June 2016 issue of their Journal to the topic; the U.S. EPA is actively working with utilities to put them on a path toward the goal – but what does it all really mean? Projects historically have been judged in terms of their environmental impacts and capital costs but now, in light of increased pressure on budgets, scarcity of natural resources, dramatic climatic events, and societal realties, we must ensure that our project selections and designs consider all of these elements as the "new norm" going forward.

Water, wastewater, and transit service providers typically view long-term planning horizons with costs, environmental quality, and customer service in mind. Now, EPA's Sustainability Policy calls on these systems to undertake "robust and comprehensive" planning to ensure that such investments are not only "cost-effective over their life cycles," but also "resource efficient, and consistent with other relevant community goals." Is that new equipment the most energy efficient it can be? Will the design of the new building create a healthy and robust work environment? Is that infrastructure project reflective of public confidence and involvement in the decision-making process? Do the cost/benefit analyses used by our purchasing and supply chain operations include environmental and social value?

Led by presenters with real-world experience ranging from sustainable vision statements and policies to measurement tools and metrics, this program will give attendees the needed foundational information to help them actively and confidently plan their own projects in a sustainable manner.

Course Topics Include:

  • Why Sustainability – An Indefinite Definition
  • The Envision™ Rating System – Origins and Future Direction
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Perspective on Sustainability
  • NJDEP Discussion
  • Sustainable Jersey
  • Climate Change Impacts on Water Utilities
  • Sustainable Initiatives at the Mother Clara Hale Bus Facility
  • Application of the Envision™ Rating System to a Planning Level Project
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure Benefits and Challenges
  • And More!

Course Coordinator: Donald Nusser, PE, PP ENV, SP/Mott MacDonald

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In addition to 0.6 Rutgers CEUs, this sustainability training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Water and Wastewater Operators: 6 TCHs (Approval #01-061601-30)

Registration Fee TBD
Multi-Person Registration Fee (2 or more) TBD  
NJLWO Fee (T/W/VSWS License Holders Only!) TBD
Cancellation Fee TBD

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Holly House
130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08816
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Sustainability for the Real World" or Course Code EO0129) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.