Environmental Engineering for Non-Environmental Engineers

Online /
Apr 29 - May 1, 2025 /
Course Code: 15-0419-ONL25

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop conceptual models for the interaction of environmental aspects of a project
  • Apply prevention and control techniques with a basic understanding of the emission formation process
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of control alternatives in the project context
  • Reduce cost by using the critical points of inspecting an emission control system for compliance with the required standards
  • Use effective methods for the selection of emission reduction and control technologies

Environmental engineering focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution and is dedicated to improving environmental conditions through remediation. It is concerned with cleaning up contamination as well as managing environmental systems and hazardous wastes. Project and facility personnel may be called on to assess potential impacts and outcomes for a wide variety of projects. While in many cases, organizations seek expert technical or legal assistance, it is important for all staff to have a conceptual understanding of the issues that may arise.

This seminar brings together many of these concepts in a practical approach to provide you with an understanding of environmental issues and mitigation methods.

Course Outline:

  • Climate and climate change
  • Quantification: methods and methodologies
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Air quality and emission controls
  • Noise issues and abatement
  • Waste and waste management
  • Land use and remediation
  • Waste management
  • Case studies

Who Should Attend:
Project Managers • Engineering Consultants • Facilities and Plant personnel • EHS Managers and staff • Facility Operators • Regulatory personnel 

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day 1

Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Method


  • Environment - a systems approach
  • Population and energy
  • Ecosystems
  • Development impact
  • Public awareness
  • The regulatory system
  • Regulatory approaches and standards

Climate and Climate Change

  • Climate and meteorology
  • Climate change - fact or fiction
  • Issues and potential impacts
  • Managing risk - mitigation and adaptation
  • Vulnerability assessment

Day 2

Quantification - Methods and Methodologies

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Study requirements
  • Baseline data
  • Measurement and estimation
  • Sampling and analysis methodologies
  • Instrumentation and communications
  • Dealing with uncertainty


  • Water resources and supply management
  • Planning for water quality
  • Wellhead protection
  • Stormwater
  • Fish and wildlife habitat
  • Potable water treatment


  • Municipal and industrial effluent
  • Wastewater characterization
  • Industrial pre-treatment
  • Wastewater treatment process and design
  • Ongoing management

Day 3

Air Quality

  • Air quality trends
  • Types of sources
  • Pollutants and their characteristics
  • Emissions inventory and impact assessment
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Mitigation and control systems
  • Nuisance issues


  • Fundamentals of acoustics
  • Types of sources
  • Mitigation and control systems

Waste & Waste Management

  • Characterization of wastes
  • Waste management
  • Waste diversion
  • Hazardous wastes
  • Landfill and incineration
  • Future challenges

Land Use and Remediation

  • Soil quality
  • Contaminated sites
  • Risk assessment
  • Natural attenuation
  • Remediation
  • Opportunity and liability

Environmental Management

  • Project development and permitting
  • Information management
  • Management systems - ISO
  • Audits
  • Managing compliance
  • Reports

Web-based Systems


Brian Sulley, P. Eng.

Brian is a Technical Director and Principal at RWDI whose area of expertise includes air quality emissions and dispersion modelling, odour assessments, dust assessments, hazard modelling and chemical process quantitative risk analysis. Brian has also served as an expert witness before the Ontario Land Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board and Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) multiple times, as well as the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Toronto Local Appeal Body, and for a Hearing of Necessity under the Expropriations Act. Brian has been qualified to provide expert testimony in each of his areas of expertise.

Brian’s experience includes heavy industry such as mining, aggregates, hot mix asphalt, cement, pulp and paper, petrochemical, and automotive industries, through to institutional facilities such as hospitals and universities, as well as transportation infrastructure, including highways, rail systems and airports. Brian’s experience in chemical process quantitative risk analysis spans his work with his previous employer in the chemical process industry and with RWDI. His work in chemical process engineering provides a strong foundation for his current role.

Brian sits involved in several industry associations, providing guidance and training to members on best practices and regulatory compliance requirements.

Brian also acts as a technical lead for RWDI’s air quality modelling group, coaching and mentoring scientists and engineers across Canada at work on a range of emissions inventory, monitoring and modelling projects.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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