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"12 Steps to Lead Paint Work Safety" is a self directed, video course for extension paint contractors. Participants will learn the steps that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires in the Renovation, Repair and Paint Rule (RRP), to ensure any renovation dealing with lead paint is done safely on homes and child-occupied buildings built before 1978. It covers the basics of Lead-Safe Weatherization Minimum Standards and the EPA Renovation, Repair and Paint Rule (RRP) and goes through a typical lead-safe job from start to finish. The video discusses similarities and differences of the RRP Rule and the U.S. Department of Weatherization’s Lead Safe Weatherization standards.  You may view it at no charge, but to test and obtain a certificate of completion, there is a $30 fee. This pass key may be purchased at MSU Extension's online store at by selecting item #7008. Click Here for a direct link. For more information contact Mike Vogel at or (406) 994-3451. For assistance with enrollment or purchasing, contact Millie Veltkamp at

Changing Public Behavior: People and the Environment is a self-study course designed for natural resource professionals, Extension educators, and environmental educators who work with communities. Participants build skills and confidence in identifying and analyzing behavior change opportunities and draft a plan for increasing people's involvement in an environmental situation.

CPB Course Badges: You will receive a course "badge" when you complete 75% of the course assignments at a satisfactory level. Unit badges are also available for some topics. See Units 4, 5, and 7. Email the instructors for information about CEUs or course "certification".

Changing Public Behavior is sponsored by the eXtension Drinking Water and Human Health interest area, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Environmental Resources Center. For more information about the course contact Elaine Andrews at

Students will learn adaptation and mitigation strategies for increasingly common dramatic weather events. 

For more information or issues with the course contact Daniel Geller, University of Georgia,

For technical assistance please contact

Climate Science is is a self directed course. After completing the course you should have a better understanding of climate terminology, and be better prepared to process and interpret climate information as it is discussed in literature and in the media. If you have questions about climate science please contact David Smith with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at

This course is primarily designed for cooperative extension agents, agriculture technical service providers, and agriculture
commodity representatives who will learn interdependencies between water, energy, and climate. Technology, planning, and policy options that
promote agriculture sustainability and profitability.  For more information or to enroll please contact: David W. Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department,

Home Energy Use 101 is a self-directed course designed for new and future homebuyers. Participants will learn how to identify ways to reduce energy consumption in their homes as well as being introduced to newer technologies and techniques to minimize residential energy consumption from taking this course. For more information contact Carl Pedersen, NDSU Extension Service, at

Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy is an online course for watershed professionals and volunteers in the state of Indiana.  Participants will develop their knowledge and skills in successful local watershed management. For more information contact: Jane Frankenberger, Purdue University,

Introduction to Climate Science for Youth  is an unbiased course aimed at educating learners on current topics relating to climate science. After completing the course you should have a better understanding of climate terminology, and be better prepared to process and interpret climate information as it is discussed in literature and in the media.

Topics include:

  1. Earth's atmosphere
  2. Greenhouse effects
  3. Climate vs. Weather
  4. Climate forcing
  5. Climate feedback

If you have questions about the course please contact David Smith with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at

By taking this self-directed course, do-it-yourself homeowners will identify issues related to rainwater harvesting, discuss their motivations for harvesting rainwater, match their potential capture with their need for rainwater, select properly sized equipment for their situation, select a distribution scheme, identify an appropriate treatment train for their distribution scheme, articulate proper installation and start-up techniques, and develop an adequate maintenance plan for their system.

For more information or to enroll contact Dotty Woodson at

Rainwater Harvesting Activities for Youth Education is an online resource created to help educators learn how to teach their students about the importance of water management and conservation, with a focus on rainwater harvesting.  The activities include objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions and answers, and video demonstrations on how to conduct the activities with a group.

The activities can be used with students in grades K-12, 4-H, or Junior Master Gardener Education programs.

For more information, contact Billy Kniffen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at

For technical assistance, please contact

Riparian Practitioners Network is an online course for watershed council staff and members, contractors, nursery managers, other natural resource professionals involved in managing and improving riparian buffers in SW Oregon. Participants will learn Best practices and techniques for riparian restoration in SW Oregon. This course will serve as a venue for the exchange of information regarding riparian management best practices. For more information or to enroll contact: Max Bennett, Oregon State University Extension Service,

Soil 101 — An Introduction to Soil is a self-paced course for anyone interested in agriculture, environmental science, gardening, natural resource management, and water quality. The course begins with the most fundamental question, "What is soil?" It then proceeds through 8 more modules addressing: The Formation of Soil; The Identification and Classification of Soil; The Physical Properties of Soil; The Cycling of Water Through Soil; The Chemistry of Soil; The Role of Soil in Plant Nutrition; The Soil Ecosystem; and The Erosion and Sedimentation of Soil. 

For more information contact Dr. David Crouse with NC State University - Soil Science

This course is fee-based. Course registration is available at

This curriculum was developed to provide a uniform, publicly-available, research-based stormwater core curriculum to:

  • Build comprehension of the fundamentals of stormwater management, stormwater practices and maintenance processes
  • Develop an understanding of and skills that support communicating the importance of stormwater management to community stakeholders

This training is designed for stormwater professionals such as public works and parks department staff, private contractors, stormwater managers and homeowners associations or other landowners who are responsible for a stormwater management practice. For more information or to enroll please contact Shahram Missaghi, University of Minnesota,