Education

The LSPA could not have asked for better weather for our early November field course, Glacial Geology of Northward Flowing Watersheds, taught by Brian Yellen. The Nashua, Assabet, and Sudbury watersheds all drain north, resulting in unusual glacial landforms and stratigraphy in the Harvard, Massachusetts area. The 8-hour course format was a bus tour with short walks to view a variety of glacial landforms, and participants also enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant.  

Photo Credit: Michele Paul, LSPA Board of Directors and Education Committee

The LSPA is committed to supporting professionals who are preparing to take the LSP exam. The LSPA Board and committees have been discussing the value of informal study groups for LSPA members who are interested in this type of exam preparation. 
 
If you are planning to take the LSP exam in the next few years and are interested in participating in an exam study/review group, please email the LSPA at info@lspa.org by October 13, 2017.
 
The LSPA is committed to putting you in touch with others who are looking for the same support. Once connected, it will be up to the interested parties to organize as they see fit. If there is interest in continuing, the LSPA will see how it can help further develop the opportunity. 
 
According to the website of the LSP Board of Registration, the LSP Licensing Examination will be offered to all eligible applicants on November 29, 2017 and December 6, 2017.  
 
Please note: The LSPA will compile a list of interested participants and then share that list, with email addresses included, with all who responded.  
 
Why Study Groups Are A Good Complement To Self-Study:
  • Through their cooperative nature, study groups promote critical thinking and creativity as people address new questions and explanations with discussions and debates.
  • Due to their interactive nature, there is greater chance that your weak points will jump out.
  • Other people may pay more attention to your weaker topics, so you can all fill in each others' knowledge gaps.
  • The temptation to procrastinate is much greater when you study alone than in an interactive environment.
  • It's way more fun to snack with other people!

Here are some photographs from last night’s event, Drilling 101which was held at Technical Drilling Services (TDS) in Sterling, MA. TDS demonstrated various drilling and monitoring well installation methods used commonly throughout the industry. TDS also provided equipment and technique demonstrations. We had a great turn-out and would like to thank the LSPA Young Professionals Committee for organizing this fabulous event! 

Please click here to view the photo album.

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The links below provide information on eligibility requirements, specialty certifications, the application package, and who to contact for more information. 
To learn more about the Academy:  http://www.aaees.org/
For general membership and certification information:  http://www.aaees.org/membership.php

 

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) will be holding its Annual Environmental Conference 2017 on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. For the first time, the MACC Annual Environmental Conference (AEC) will include a college student poster session. The poster session is an opportunity to promote and highlight your thesis work, special project, etc., to the more than 700 expected attendees at the conference. The MACC seeks poster submissions from college undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to learn more.

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In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ASTM is offering a complimentary, 2-month viewing period (September 28 – November 30) for this standard. Don’t miss this opportunity to become familiar with a standard designed to help incorporate more sustainable practices into your organization’s work. For complementary viewing of the Standard, go to www.astm.org/E2893-16


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Looking to integrate more sustainability practices into your site cleanup? In search of a powerful approach to reducing energy use and waste as you work towards protecting public health and the environment? Learn how organizations are embracing ASTM E2893 Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups to reduce environmental footprints while achieving cleanup objectives.
  • Hear about recent developments;
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LSPA Scholarship Fund Awards Scholarship for Environmental Education to Eric Gulbicki of Cooperstown Environmental

Belmont,  Mass. (July 25, 2016) – The LSP Association (LSPA) Scholarship Fund awarded one of its 2016 educational scholarships to, Eric Gulbicki, a North Reading resident and rising senior at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Eric plans on using the scholarship funds for his undergraduate studies in Environmental Science; he has an expected graduation in May 2017.  

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Last week Phillips Academy, one of the oldest American private schools, hosted their annual (MS)2 Career Fair. The (MS)2 program was instituted in 1977 as an outreach program offering summer academic scholarships to African American, Latino and Native American public high school students.

Isaac Anderson, former Chair of the LSPA’s Technical Practices Committee and Project Manager at Cooperstown Environmental, was invited to speak with students about careers in Environmental Science and what it takes to become an LSP.

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