HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy recommends that Responsible Entity staff involved in environmental reviews attend regular training on HUD environmental reviews that is provided by HUD's field environmental officers or sponsored by HUD. Environmental review training is offered by HUD in all regions annually free of charge. HUD has not provided approved training content on environmental reviews to technical assistance providers apart from training sponsored by HUD’s Office of Native American Programs. Therefore, the quality or accuracy of the training provided by privately operating entities cannot be guaranteed.
To find out when environmental training is available in each region, contact the local HUD field environmental officer. For those who cannot attend training, the Web-Based Instructional System for Environmental Review (WISER) teaches grantees how to understand and address all aspects of the environmental review process required for all HUD-assisted projects. This set of self-paced online learning modules can be completed in any order. Each module includes its own learning assessment and opportunity for obtaining a certificate of completion. In addition to WISER, the Environmental Review resource pages provide guidance, tools, and webinars on complying with environmental laws and authorities when conducting the environmental review.