Enhancements to your existing Contractor Training!

New Knowledge Checks have recently been added to your Contractor Training to assist in your overall learning experience. These Knowledge Checks act as guides to ensure your knowledge of the material and give you better comprehension of the training. You can now find these Checks in some of the state-specific Contractor modules below:

  • Air Quality
  • Air/ Emissions
  • Asbestos
  • Drinking Water
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Noise, Odor, Light, and Dust Control
  • Overview of Environmental Compliance
  • PCBs Management
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants Management
  • Recycling
  • Solid Waste
  • Spill Response
  • Storage Tanks
  • Stormwater
  • Waste Management Guidelines
  • Wastewater
  • Wetlands

Client Quotes of the Day

Wow! We received even more great feedback from our wonderful Navy clients.

Thanks, Navy! Customer satisfaction is our goal.

 

“Good awareness training of the Environmental Management System.”

“GOOD TRAINING AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!”

“Great training for CDO’s.”

“LOVE that if I got any questions wrong, I only retake those questions.”

“subject was excellent”

“thank you for the review of the strengths and weakness section. it helps me recognize how to further improve my skills”

“The best (least buggy and frustrating) training yet.”

“Very helpful system, easy to use. Thank you!”

“Very informed training. I appreciate that the command is doing something positive to the only planet we have.”

“Superb technical / customer support in reestablishing my account.”

New training module added for our Navy clients!

“Heavy Metal Awareness Training” for NAS Whidbey Island provides an overview for service members who may be potentially exposed to heavy metals (HM) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (20 minute awareness course.)

To view our full training curriculum, visit our catalog at http://ecatts.com/websitePDFs/CourseCatalog.pdf.

More positive feedback from our Clients and friends at the Navy!

See what our Navy Clients have to say about their ECATTS system:

“Great Training and Environmental situational awareness”

“Good broad overview of required knowledge, simple and easy”

“good training. made me aware of things that I did not know had impact on the environment”

“I like that this training was short and to the point, which enhanced my comprehension!”
 
“Very informative.”

“Like this format. Info good and to the point!”

“World’s best training!”

“This was a great training.”
 

Client Quotes of the Day!

We love hearing back from our valued clientele. Thanks, #Navy users!

“I liked it, short and sweet.”

“This was excellent training, very informative.”

“Keep up the good work”

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very informative”

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[ECATTS] is awesome!
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“Wondered who created this module – great job.
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“I liked how simple and quick the training was. Made it sufficient and quick for me to complete training.”

Client Congrats!

Congratulations go out to one of our clients, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, for being a winner of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Award!

“DoD Announces the Winners of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards

The Department of Defense has announced the winners of the 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Each year since 1962, the Secretary of Defense has honored individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements to conserve and sustain the natural and cultural resources entrusted to the Department of Defense. A ceremony honoring the 2012 winners will be held on 6 JUN 12 at the Pentagon.

A panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia, and the public has selected the following installations, teams, and individuals as the winners of this year’s awards:

• Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, PA.; Sustainability — Industrial Installation

• Fort Hood, TX; Environmental Quality — Non-industrial Installation

• U.S. Army Garrison – HI, Oahu Army Natural Resource Team; Natural Resources Conservation — Individual/Team

• Fort Hood Recycle Team, TX; Environmental Quality — Individual/Team

• Stryker Brigade Combat Team -Warren, MI.; Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition – Team

• Marine Corps Base Hawaii, HI; Natural Resources Conservation — Small Installation

• Former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, CA; Environmental Restoration — Individual/Team

• 75th CEG, Hill Air Force Base, UT; Environmental Restoration – Installation

• 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA; Cultural Resources Management — Installation

Congratulations to all of the winners. For more information on 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY11SECDEF.cfm.”

Did you know about our course enhancements?

Did you know our training now includes audio and video for certain courses? We are continually updating and enhancing our training to provide you with the best learning experience.

To view our complete list of Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health training modules, check out our online catalogue now.

Did you know about National Nutrition Month?

March is National Nutrition Month! We’re focused on keeping our environment healthy, but don’t forget to keep yourself healthy, too!

Nutrition tips from: http://nutshellnutrition.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/national-nutrition-month-make-a-rainbow-on-your-plate/

National Nutrition Month :: Make a Rainbow on Your Plate

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association to promote nutrition education; this year’s theme is Eat Right with Color.

      

As a dietitian, I am often asked about multivitamins. My personal recommendation, however, is to obtain nutrients from eating a variety of whole foods as research is yet to conclude if supplementation has the same benefits as obtaining these nutrients through the diet. Each day and week, think about including fruits and vegetables from all color families to provide your body with a rainbow of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, substances that protect the cells in your body. Aim for at least three different colors at each meal to obtain maximal health benefits.

Blue/purple: Anthocyanins, found in blueberries, black rice, red cabbage and cherries, are antioxidants which are touted to decrease inflammation associated with arthritis and heart disease. These foods also contain resveratrol, an antioxidant specifically linked to protecting against heart disease and maintaining eye health. Anthocyanins also contain anti-aging properties, may help with memory and promote urinary tract health. Blueberries, likely because of the anthocyanins, have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood pressure.

Red: Red foods such as tomatoes, beets, watermelon and pomegranates contain lycopene, an antioxidant that in men with high intakes was linked with decreased risk of prostate cancer. These antioxidants also protect us from heart disease and may benefit those with exercise-induced asthma.

Green: Kale, spinach, broccoli, avocados and asparagus are nutritional powerhouses that are rich in lutein for eye health and vitamin K for bone health. Green fruits and vegetables are also good sources of vitamin C, folate, and magnesium.

Orange/Yellow: Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and apricots contain a variety of carotenoids, which enhance immune function. Carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables (not supplements) have been shown to possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Orange and yellow foods are also high in vitamin A to help protect the eyes and are thought to fend off colds by boosting immunity.

White: The lack of color in these foods is not for lack of nutrition! Potatoes are high in potassium, an electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure, and vitamin C for immunity. Cauliflower, potatoes and mushrooms contain allicin and quercetin, substances that may defend against cancer and inflammation leading to heart disease. Red onions contain several types of antioxidants including quercetin. Onions and garlic are beneficial to the cardiovascular and immune systems and may also have anti-cancer effects as well.  

Brown: The brown group not only contain produce such as dates, but also whole grains including wheat, brown rice and wild rice are good sources of fiber to aid with weight management, maintain gut integrity and control blood sugars. They are also packed with B vitamins and iron to keep you energized. Almonds contain heart healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, an antioxidant.

A few ideas to add color to your diet:

  • Add spinach to your fruit smoothies – you won’t even be able to taste it!
  • Add a spring mix salad topped with colorful bell peppers and red onion as an appetizer to any meal.
  • Mix fresh berries into your morning oatmeal.
  • Pack cut-up carrots to eat with lunch or a snack.
  • Make a homemade soup with pureed or chopped vegetables including celery, carrots, potatoes and peas. Or add extra vegetables to low-sodium, canned soups.
  • Each week or month, find a recipe for a fruit or vegetable that you haven’t tried before.”

 

Environmental Justice hits the headlines

Good article on the advancement of EJ from the EPA:

“Federal EJ Strategies Mark a Major Development in the Advancement of Environmental Justice

Posted on March 12th, 2012 – 3:00 PM

By Lisa Garcia

Since the start of the Obama Administration, we at EPA and other federal agencies have made tremendous strides toward addressing the public health and environmental problems that exist in many low-income, minority, and tribal communities across the country.

Ever since the EPA and the White House reconvened the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJ IWG) for the first time in 10 years, we are collaboratively and comprehensively bolstering environmental justice efforts across federal programs, policies and activities.

Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than our recent release of federal agency environmental justice strategies. More than 10 EJ IWG agencies released or updated their strategies which include efforts to, monitor pollution, provide grants and technical assistance to stakeholders, and improve job training. For example, the Department of Commerce is providing competitive grants to support workforce development in economically distressed and underserved communities. I often hear when I am out in communities, that efforts like these make a real difference, both for the participants who receive job training and the neighborhoods they serve. Find out more about the efforts EPA has planned in our strategy, Plan EJ 2014.

These strategies also encourage agencies to work together to ensure the necessary resources and expertise are available to address challenging environmental justice issues. The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an excellent illustration of how, by working together, the departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Transportation (DOT) and EPA are helping to improve access to affordable housing, provide more transportation options at lower costs, and protect the environment in communities nationwide. This partnership is making a big difference in communities, including Bridgeport, Conn, where more than 90% of the population is low-income or minority.

In 2010, Bridgeport was chosen to be one of EPA’s EJ Showcase Communities, a project that seeks to bring together government and other organizationsto improve the delivery of services in communities with environmental justice concerns. Now, through improved collaboration between federal agencies, Bridgeport community leaders are leveraging more than $25 million to advance environmental justice—including a $14 million Department of Education grant that is helping low-income and minority students become college ready and an $11 million grant from DOT to support infrastructure improvements including creating bikeways and connections between the waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods.

Through continued collaboration, like the effort in Bridgeport, EPA, federal agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, can each play a role in ensuring that all communities are protected from environmental harm and benefit from important federal government activities.”

http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/03/12/federal-ej-strategies-mark-a-major-development-in-the-advancement-of-environmental-justice/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Greenversations_main+%28U.S.+EPA%3A+Greenversations%29

Not familiar with EJ? ECATTS offers a general awareness training course in Environmental Justice. Check out our website at ecatts.com for more information.