Brownfields Training


LVI, in cooperation with BFA Environmental Consultants, can conduct Phase I-III Environmental Site Assessments in accordance with ASTM E 1527-05 standards and the “All Appropriate Inquiries” process of evaluating a property's environmental conditions and assessing potential liability for contamination. Teaching our students to conduct ESA's was our initial focus and remains the cornerstone of our program. LVI's training includes:

  • - initial site visits (reconnaissance)
  • - interviewing the property owner and owners of adjacent properties
  • - historical aerial photography review
  • - historical land use inventory
  • - regulatory records review
  • - photographic documentation
  • - computer generated site location plans
  • - site vicinity maps
  • - reporting in the ASTM 1527-05 format
  • - determining if further inquiry is needed

During the four months of rigorous technical training, our participants have the opportunity to receive the following


  • - 40 Hour HAZWOPER
  • - 32 hour Construction Safety
  • - 32 Hour Asbestos Worker
  • - Mold Remediation, and
  • - Lead Remediation

We realize that environmental restoration needs are greatest in poor communities; and we think that the members of those communities should have the opportunity to obtain well-paying jobs, working towards cleaning up their neighborhoods. Soil Sampling and Water Testing are two skills that can open the door to a career as an Environmental Technician for our corpsmembers. Once more, this type of work relies heavily on checklists, visual cues, and careful attention to detail and therefore is easily transferrable. In addition to practical job-skills with on-site training, we plan to use this project to educate our corpsmembers about the long-term effects of pollution.

The floodwater that covered New Orleans permeated all our homes and businesses with a concoction of toxic chemicals in addition to the heavy metals and substances that have been in our surface soil for decades before the storm. As a result, every property in the city that?s going through the recovery process must have at minimum a Phase I environmental assessment conducted before any steps towards development are undertaken.

Our partner, BFA, is an Environmental Engineering and Hydrogeological Consulting firm that specializes in water supply, wastewater and contamination assessment solutions. BFA also provides full service emergency debris removal management services. Their Professional Engineers and Geologists have a comprehensive understanding of current and pending regulations and new technologies, and are glad to pass on their knowledge and experience to LVI students.

Work-Site Partners

BDR - Beck Disaster Recovery (BDR) has provided both service learning opportunities and actual employment to LVI graduates as part of BDR's commitment to rebuild New Orleans.

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