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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches New Course on Multi-Media Environmental Compliance

Participants Gain Understanding of Laws and Regulations Regarding Environmental Compliance

IRVINE, Calif. – August 24, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the launch of Multi-media Environmental Compliance, a new, online course developed to enhance participants’ understanding of environmental compliance programs. The six-week course, beginning Monday, Oct. 3, will be led by Christina Schwerdtfeger, PhD, REA, president and founder of Coto Consulting Inc.

“Businesses today expect their environmental, health and safety professionals to understand the drivers for multi-media environmental compliance,” said Dave Dimas, Ph.D., director of Engineering, Sciences and Information Technology at UC Irvine Extension. “Participants will acquire the necessary skills to comply with the applicable laws and regulations, avoid fines and notices of violations, and manage programs using the most up-to-date methods and procedures.”

“Multi-media Environmental Compliance” will provide an overview of regulatory programs for air, water and hazardous water. Dr. Schwerdtfeger will discuss regulatory applicability determinations, reporting, permitting, payment of fees and the creation of a compliance calendar. Course participants will also learn about record retention and organization, environmental management systems, audits and personnel issues. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to understand, organize, and implement a multi-media compliance program.

Dr. Schwerdtfeger is an award-winning businesswoman, who recently received a business achievement award from the Environmental Business Journal. A specialist in environmental studies and permitting and development of compliance strategies and programs, she has worked for Fortune 100 companies, the federal government and municipalities for over 24 years. Dr. Schwerdtfeger is a registered environmental assessor, an accredited greenhouse gas lead verifier with the state of California, a published author, invited speaker and symposium moderator with several professional organizations.

In addition to the six-week course, UC Irvine Extension also will offer a free introductory webinar titled, “Maintaining Environmental Compliance in the Workplace.” This one-hour webinar will provide students with a brief overview of multi-media compliance as well as environmental issues in the workplace. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive information needed to register for the six-week class. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. PDT. Registration is available at

“Multi-media Environmental Compliance” is part of UC Irvine Extension’s Certificate Program in Environmental Management. To learn more about the Certificate Program, webinar or prerequisites, visit or e-mail Jennifer Spitzer, Program Representative, at To register for the fall course, call 949-824-5414.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit