Course on Public Engagement for Environmental Issues

The Northwest Environmental Training Center (EOS Alliance partner) is holding a course on “Public Engagement for Environmental Issues,” Course ID: OPR-201.  The course takes place over three days from August 3 to 5, 2010, with classes beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 5:00 pm.

The course takes place at the EOS Alliance Headquarters at 650 South Orcas St., Suite 220.

The instructor is Annie Booth, PhD, MES, BA, MCIP.

Course Description:  Public consultation and engagement for resource development and environmental issues are a legal mandate, a moral imperative, and a primary mechanism for understanding and reducing public conflict and opposition. Public engagement can allow for better project management by identifying critical public concerns and inviting the public to constructively resolve them. This course will introduce participants to the core concepts of public engagement, including its strengths and limitations, its appropriate uses and misuses, and the strategies and tools through which it can be achieved. On the last day of the course, we will apply these principles to real life situations. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own “problems” as material for this exercise.

Topics Covered by this Course:

  • What is public consultation, participation, and engagement?
  • Why do we consult the public?
  • Public Engagement vs. Public Manipulation/Ethics
  • The timing of public engagement
  • When and where public engagement can occur
  • Identifying your public
  • Special cases
  • Meeting resistance from the public
  • Tools and techniques: focus groups, surveys, open houses, etc.
  • Application to real-life case studies

Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone responsible for planning and administering public consultative processes, whether they be government agencies, NGOs, or Native American Tribal governments.

Course Materials: Participants will be sent a brief list of readings (available on the web), and are asked to review them prior to the course. A list of key references and course proceedings will also be available.

Continuing Education Units: 2.0 CEUs

Registration: $695/$595* (*reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes, government agencies, and nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members). You may register by Register Online! or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976.