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FREE Webinar: Monthly Lunch & Learn Series: Peer Reviews- Why & When to Consider Hiring a Consultant

This discussion will give an overview on the Mass. General Law 44, §53G which allows conservation commissions the authority to hire an outside consultant at the applicant's expense. Our speaker Brandon will talk about why a commission might hire a peer reviewer and how to avoid conflicts of interest. Brandon will cover the general qualifications of a good peer reviewer and describe the types of work the reviewer should do—ensuring a good fit between the person to the project. Room for Q&A.

11/14/2018
When: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
12:00 - 12:30 PM
Where: MACC Monthly Lunch and Learn Webinar Series --Free and Live
United States
Presenter: Brandon Fanuef - Founder and Principal of Ecosystem Solutions, Inc.
Contact: Joey Wigglesworth
617-489-3930

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 FREE Monthly Lunch & Learn Series: 

Peer Reviews: Why and When to Consider Hiring a Consultant


Overview: 
This discussion will give an overview on the Mass. General Law 44, §53G which allows conservation commissions the authority to hire an outside consultant at the applicant's expense.  Our speaker Brandon will  talk about why a commission might hire a peer reviewer and how to avoid conflicts of interest.  Brandon will cover the general qualifications of a good peer reviewer and describe the types of work the reviewer should do—ensuring a good fit between the person to the project.  Brandon will leave room for your questions that come up during his talk, and also at the end of the discussion. 


About our Presenter:

Brandon Faneuf is president and founder of Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. and has been working in the environmental science field for over twenty years. A native of Blackstone, Massachusetts, Brandon attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, earning degrees in wildlife biology and wetlands conservation. While completing graduate studies, he went to work for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) in Providence, RI. Originally working as an intern in the Wetlands Permitting Program, Brandon conducted a study on wetland permitting compliance throughout the state as part of graduate degree completion requirements. The findings of this study were used to reinforce the importance of compliance inspections after the permitting process, as well as developing a standard compliance inspection form.

Hired by RIDEM as a full-time employee in 1998, Brandon worked as a permit reviewer in the Wetlands Permitting Program until moving to the Water Quality Assessments Program in 2000 and becoming responsible for shoreline surveys as well in the Shellfish Program in 2002. As a scientist in the Water Quality Assessments Program, also know as the Total Maximum Daily Load Program (TMDL), Brandon became responsible for water quality restoration efforts in the Saugatucket River in South Kingstown and Point Judith Pond in South Kingstown and Narragansett. Brandon was also the Departmental contact for the North American Lake Management Society.

Since founding Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. in 2003, Brandon has been striving to create a solid, knowledge-based environmental science consulting firm catering to each client’s specific needs. While already providing wetland and soil science services, as well as NPDES Phase II permitting assistance, Brandon continues to expand services and make Ecosystem Solutions, Inc. a comprehensive environmental science source.


 

No registration required FREE TO ATTEND - Just Read below to be able to attend. 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO GET INTO THE WEBINAR 

 

Read all Directions below thank you.

To optimize your webinar experience:
·       Read this entire email;
·       Use a wired internet connection - it’s more effective than a wireless connection;
·       Be sure you have all other applications on your computer closed;

 

Never used Adobe Connect before? Follow Download Steps Below. 

  • Click Get Started (middle the top of black task bar on Adobe page) to download the adobe connect green applet that will allow you into this webinar and all MACC online webinars.
  • TIP: Download ahead of webinar. Takes a few mins to download.
  • Follow Your Computers Steps to downloading. Once completed and the Green Applet Launcher is on your desktop or taskbar you are ready for webinars

 

Once you have the applet downloaded you are ready for the Day of the Webinar. See Below


 

DAY OF THE WEBINAR

 

Make sure you have the Adobe Connect Applet prior to the webinar. If not, see above.


To join the webinar:

 

·       To attend, visit: http://maccweb.adobeconnect.com/lunchandlearn/

·       Select “enter as a guest”;
·       In the box, type your first - last name and Town and press enter;

Wait patiently for the meeting host to allow your entrance to the webinar. Once your request has been granted, the meeting room will load onto your screen;

·       As the meeting room loads, you will be asked to join the audio conference.  

          Choose either:
                
o   “Dial in to the conference via phone”; or
                
o   “Using computer”.

 

Webinar Experience House Keeping Items

Webinar audio choices include:
·       VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol; this works if your computer has speakers or a

          headset); or
·       Our toll free telephone conference line:
                o   Dial (866) 918-5661;
                o   At prompt, enter conference code 512 366 8894.
·       If you choose to join the audio conference using your computer:
                o   Mute your microphone by clicking the arrow next to the microphone

                           icon in the upper left of the meeting room interface and choose “mute

                           my microphone”;
                o   To unmute choose “unmute my microphone”;   
·       If you choose to join the audio conference via telephone:
                o   Mute your telephone by pressing *6;
                o   To unmute, press #6;
                o   To avoid feedback echo, be sure your computer speakers are off.

Once in the meeting room,
·       If you cannot see the chat pod, click the “Full Screen” button in the upper right of

           the Adobe Connect meeting room interface (this should adjust your screen and

           allow viewing of both the share pod and the chat pod);
·       Adobe recommends that all first-time users run the Audio Setup Wizard under the

          Meeting menu.  The Meeting menu button is located on the upper-left corner of

          the Adobe Connect meeting room interface.

As a reminder, throughout the program, webinar participants can expect to:
·       View webinar video on your computer screen;
·       Hear webinar audio via your computer’s speakers, your headset, or your

        telephone (your choice);
·       Ask webinar-related questions via the chat pod;
·       Respond to instructor-generated questions via pods and/or your audio;

HAVE FUN!

 


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