Sustainable Resource Management Professional Certification Program
Welcome to the Sustainable Resource Management Professional Certification Program. This course provides 32-hours of self-paced instruction and 12 live, interactive webcasts covering the 25 principles, or student learning outcomes (SLO’s), identified by the National Standards Certification Board of the NRC. More information can be found at:http://nrcrecycles.org/national-standards-certification-board/.
The Sustainable Resource Management (CSRMP) certification course has been designed by leading experts in order to provide information on the policies, programs and infrastructure that support Zero Waste. Through SRM strategies, individuals, communities and businesses can learn how to reduce wasted resources, avoid product and transportation related greenhouse gas emissions and work to create a green economy.
The goal of SRM is to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost as a means to achieving Zero Waste; however, Zero Waste is not just about preserving precious resources. The implications of landfilling and incineration go far beyond burying valuable resources. These practices also contaminate the air, water and land, and they contribute significantly to the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
In 1970, the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” was coined during the first Earth Day. Despite the fact that this phrase is highly recognized, not all aspects of the phrase are well understood or well-practiced. Yes, Americans recycle! Yes, many Americans participate in reuse! But the fact is, that the “reduce” part of the phrase has been neglected to the point that most don’t even realize it is the first and most important part of the equation. This Country consumes and produces more now than ever. Much of these products contain chemicals, toxins and heavy metals that pollute the environment and our bodies. The good news is that through effective SRM strategies, businesses and communities can begin to look upstream at new practices and product redesign, that: reduce toxins; reduce the extraction and dependence of resources; reduce disposal; and reduce the harmful impacts to animals, people and the planet.
This course will look at upstream practices that reduce waste during the manufacturing and distribution of products, as well as looking at downstream practices to collect, reuse, recycle and compost materials once they have been discarded. Additionally, the course will look at the impacts to the economy and job creation connected to SRM. A national study performed by the Tellus Institute, titled: More Jobs, Less Pollution: Growing the Recycling Economy in the U.S., estimates 1.5 million new jobs by recycling 75% of all waste. These jobs depend on reducing disposal and returning more materials back into the economy through reuse and recycling.
The training covers a broad range of topics including: solid waste, recycling, reuse, composting and Zero Waste. This course is ideal for anyone working in these fields looking to gain a solid understanding of the policies, programs, systems, economics and infrastructure to collect, process and manage material resources. Upon completion of this coursework and a state-specific component, students will have gained all knowledge required to pass a comprehensive exam and receive a certificate as a Sustainable Resource Management Professional according to the National Recycling Coalition’s National Standards Certification Board requirements.
The completed certification program includes:
- Fifteen (15) 2-hour webinar-classes (pre-recorded & self-paced learning) totaling thirty (30) hours of instruction including a CA State-specific class
- Twelve (12) 1-hour live, interactive webcasts with Subject Matter Experts
- 2-hour video review class
- Progressive Quizzes and a Final Exam
- Student discussion forum
- 3.0 CEUs from San Jose State University
- Student workbook
- Supplemental resource list and reading materials
- Certificate of Completion*
*Certification valid for 3 years from completion; thereafter, 10 hours instruction per year required to maintain current.
The CSRMP is offered in both the Spring and Fall semester. Recorded content is self paced and content is available immediately upon registration. Live webcasts begin February 28, 2018 for the Spring Semester and run for fifteen consecutive weeks. Registration links are provided after purchase. It is recommended that you register at least 3-weeks prior to the start of webcasts to have time to complete introductory lessons and activities.
The following tracks are currently available:
- TRACK 1-18: Wednesday’s, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST starting February 28, 2018 and ending May 16, 2018
Outline of Classes*
- Introduction to Sustainable Resource Management
- History of Solid Waste Management & State Specific Component
- California Policy and Programs
- Sustainable Resource Management Infrastructure
- Introduction to Zero Waste
- Zero Waste Communities and Market Development
- Zero Waste Business
- Zero Waste Economics
- Tracking, Measurement and Auditing of Waste and Recyclables
- Introduction to Organics Management
- Zero Waste at Special Events
- Reduce and Reuse Strategies / C&D Best Management Practices
- Introduction to Extended Producer Responsibility
- Greenhouse Gas Connections to Sustainable Resource Management
- Education & Outreach Strategies to Enhance SRM Programs and Policies
- CSRMP Review
* Courses dates/times subject to change.