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The Transport Agency is committed to reducing adverse environmental impacts, improving social cohesion, following quality urban design principles and enabling positive human health outcomes from highway projects. We all need to play our part. Project managers, network teams, planners, lawyers and communication staff as well as suppliers operating on our behalf all play an essential part in delivering our commitments. 

In order to deliver the Agency’s commitments the Environment and Urban Design team provide learning and development opportunities so people understand how they can influence environmental and social outcomes. These opportunities include:

Environmental management and urban design e-learning

In order to ensure all staff share a common level of understanding about environmental, social and urban design issues specific to roading projects, the Agency has developed a number of interactive specialist learning modules (external link) . The aim of the training is to provide staff with the tools to do their job, as well as meet legal, regulatory and Agency environmental and social obligations. Module topics covered include:

  • Urban design
  • Stormwater
  • Road-traffic noise
  • Erosion and sediment
  • Landscaping
  • Environmental and social management plan course

Each module describes the principles and science behind environmental and public health impacts. Examples of current best practice methodology for measuring and mitigating those impacts are provided. Case studies present real life simulation challenging the learner’s understanding and comprehension.

The Environment and social management plans eLearning module is available at http://nzta.onlearn.co.nz/ (external link) . Note: Please ensure that popups are not blocked to load the eLearning module.

Environmental and Social Management Plans are a tool to help ensure the intended environmental and social requirements of state highway activities are met. They are prepared for all network maintenance contracts and capital projects. This module provides an overview of the purpose and required content of an ESMP.

The EUD team continues to seek your input to ensure we are providing training and education in a way that meets your needs.

The following sites may also be of interest or related transport and environment learning opportunities:

For further information contact environment@nzta.govt.nz.

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