Effective Environmental Contracting


Participants develop an understanding of tools and techniques for efficient and effective management of contracts and contractors. Those working with environmental contractors will be able to design and write better Statements of Work (SOW), and establish and manage timelines and budgets—all while getting the job completed.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Use a detailed Statment of Work (SOW) to estimate and to control project costs.
  • Identify clear project deliverables/tasks in the SOW.
  • Use an internal governmental Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to estimate projected costs and then to control a contractor’s billed costs
  • Establish quality standards, both for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) tasks and for documents and websites.

Rationale for the Objectives. NEPA practitioners are increasingly concerned about increased project costs and failure to meet scheduled project deadlines. Such problems often come from a poorly written SOW. Missing or unclear quality standards often trigger expensive revisions of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Assessment (EA), which then push project deadlines back.ContentWe tailor each workshop to meet the needs of the participants. 

Session Activities

  • Review samples of SOW text for their clarity and their specificity.
  • Link SOW language to NEPA compliance requirements, with citations to the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (CEQ) and to agency NEPA handbooks.
  • Distinguish between NEPA compliance tasks and documentation of such tasks.
  • Translate SOW tasks into estimated times (hours or days) and then link these times to assigned contractor employees (this arriving at an internal government estimate for project costs).
  • Identify and record quality standards in the SOW so that the contractor’s deliverables meet agency expectations.

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Participants for this training generally include contract specialists; environmental engineers; engineering technicians; and quality assurance, legal, and contracting personnel.


Effective Environmental Contracting is an interactive workshop designed to build practical skills. For optimal learning, class size is limited to 20 participants.This 1- or 2-day workshop consists of a carefully designed combination of the following:

  • 60% Lecture
  • 40% Discussion and exercises


Participants receive a comprehensive workshop manual designed to support the instruction and to serve as an ongoing reference.