Performance Based Environmental Management Training Course

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Performance Based Environmental Management (PBEM) is a method of project management that relies on establishing, and working towards performance objectives, rather than just managing the process. The goal of PBEM is to be protective of human health and the environment, while efficiently implementing streamlined cleanup processes. The major components of PBEM are: systematic planning, effective communications, agreement of a land use risk strategy, current conceptual site model, decision logic analysis, remediation process optimization (RPO), remediation goal analysis, exit strategy development, and performance-based contracting, including environmental insurance.

Performance-Based Environmental Management

Performance-based environmental management (PBEM) is a strategic, goal-oriented methodology that is implemented through effective planning and decision logic to reach a desired end state of site cleanup. The goal of PBEM is to be protective of human health and the environment while efficiently implementing appropriate streamlined cleanup processes. The major components of PBEM include: systematic planning, effective communications, agreement of a land use risk strategy, current conceptual site model, decision logic analysis, remediation process optimization (RPO), ARAR analysis, exit strategy development, and performance-based contracting including environmental insurance.

This ITRC training presents an overview of what PBEM is, explains how and when to implement it, and describes the issues that regulators are concerned about throughout PBEM's implementation. Case studies will be presented to illustrate successful PBEM projects. The course is valuable not only because PBEM is being proposed and implemented at many federal and private sites throughout the country but also because PBEM provides an opportunity to enhance all site remediation.

This training is geared to those in the environmental remediation field including federal, state, and local government officials; owners or operators of sites; and consultants. The course will be most beneficial if the participant has taken one of ITRC's remediation process optimization courses. Online archives are available for What is Remediation Process Optimization and How Can It Help Me Identify Opportunities for Enhanced and More Efficient Site Remediation? and for Remediation Process Optimization - Advanced Training. These courses are recommended as pre-requisites, but are not required. The training materials are based on the ITRC RPO Team's Technical Regulatory Guidance Document: Improving Environmental Site Remediation through Performance-Based Environmental Management (RPO-7, 2007).

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