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Environmental Management Institute

Environmental Management Institute

Who We Are and What We Do

More than three decades ago, several individuals came together with an ambitious idea: connect health and safety information with those who need it. That idea served as the basis for the Environmental Management Institute, which opened its doors in 1990. Although based in  the township of Speedway, the Institute provided training in the handling of asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials throughout the midwest. A stellar combination of knowledgeable  instructors and expertly-crafted courses soon made the Institute a household name in the environmental health and safety community.

We have continued this mission into our newest chapter with Ivy Tech Community College. In summer of 2019, we merged with Ivy Tech and moved across town to the Fairbanks campus in Lawrence. Our 5000-square foot facility on the west side of Indianapolis provides us with ample space to provide both classroom and hands-on training year round. In our new facility, we still offer the numerous quality OSHA, EPA, DOT, and HUD compliance courses that industry professionals have come to expect from us. Workers, managers, regulators, and concerned citizens alike still turn to the Institute for their asbestos, lead, and hazardous materials training needs.

Each year, we train thousands of people in dozens of different courses, all of them related to the proper management of hazards. We are Indiana’s largest asbestos and lead trainer, providing courses to workers, supervisors, inspectors, planners, and many more. We are officially licensed in Indiana and Illinois, and most of the training certificates we provide can be used in multiple other states.

We are also Indiana’s largest private sector in-person trainer for the OSHA HAZWOPER standard, covering emergency response, waste-site cleanup, and RCRA TSDF disciplines. We are the proud Indiana training partner in the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training. This Consortium has provided premium training courses for the midwest since 1988, funded in part by support from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

We hope you will take the opportunity to browse our course offerings. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our courses or environmental or occupational health and safety. We may also be able to provide custom training to suit your needs. Our contact information can be found in the panel to the right, and our Recently Asked Questions section can be found below.

Mission Statement

The Environmental Management Institute at Ivy Tech Community College provides training, information, and compliance assistance for workers, managers, regulators, and concerned citizens. It promotes the understanding and utilization of prudent chemical management practices to protect human health and the environment.

Ivy Tech serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Contact Information

9301 E. 59th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is accepting certificates for those attending an asbestos refresher course virtually. The Indiana State Department of Health is also accepting attendance at a refresher course through virtual training. All initial courses are back to business as usual, being offered at our Lawrence facility. Attending virtually will not be accepted by the Illinois Department of Public Health for asbestos or lead recertification.

General Information

  • From downtown Indianapolis

    • Follow I-70 Eastbound to I-465 Northbound
    • Follow  I-465 Northbound to the 56th Street Exit
    • Follow 56th Street Eastbound to Post Road and turn left (north)
    • Follow Post Road to its end (at 59th Street) and turn right.
    • Proceed about 0.15 mile east to the Fairbanks Building of Ivy Tech.  We are in the right hand (West wing) ground level.

    From outside of Indianapolis

    Make your way to the I-465 loop on the East side of Indy, exit at 56th Street and follow directions above.

  • Asbestos Questions

    Question: A building with asbestos/asphalt/steel (galbestos) siding was involved in a fire. The siding is intact but some of the siding has friable asbestos exposed. If asbestos-trained roofing workers screw new siding onto the existing galbestos, is that regulated work?

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    Question: My client has a utility tunnel with a soil floor. Due to previous (incorrect) abatement, there is a good deal of asbestos waste mixed with the soil. How can this be made safe and are licensed personnel required?

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    Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

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    Question: I received a call from a commercial flooring contractor. What training do thon's people need to remove asbestos flooring?

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    Question: I am confused. When does the EPA NESHAP standard actually require me to perform point-counting rather than ordinary PLM analysis?

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    Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

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    Question: While sampling the plaster at a large facility I collected eighteen samples from what appeared to be a single homogeneous area. The initial results showed four low positives, but after point-counting only one sample exceeded 1%. Does my client have to treat all areas of the plaster as ACM?

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    Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

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    Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

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    Question: While cleaning out a remote building, we found a 5-lb can of calcium carbide in a storage area. How should we dispose of it?

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    Question: I was doing a risk assessment for a HUD rehab grant. Because your trainer encouraged us to always take a soil sample, I sampled one area near the house, even though there was less than the de minimis amount of bare soil in the yard. The sample came up very high (13,900 ppm). Now what should I do?

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    Question: During a lead inspection I checked the painted parking lot stripes and found high lead levels. Was I required to check this and what should I do with the information?

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  • David Garrison, Director

    With 16 years in the non-profit arena, including 10 in education, Dave Garrison most recently served in the role of Hub Operations Manager with the FedEx National Hub on the West side of Indianapolis.

    Previously working with Ivy Tech in the early 2000’s, Dave obtained an MA in Adult Education and Executive Development for Public Service from Ball State University.  During this former tenure, he served in Student Services in the East Central Region and then Workforce and Economic Development and Corporate College in the Indianapolis Region and Systems Office.

    Having professional experience in state government and the healthcare sectors, Dave has established a knowledge base in interpreting administrative rules and the code of federal regulations.  This will be integral in leading the Environmental Management Institute programs that include state and nationally recognized certification and licensure.

    He has and continues to work as an independent consultant in the Non-Profit and Public Safety sectors to advise agencies as they create better business processes; develop compliance policies and evaluation tools; and implement well-being strategies.

    Greg Sauer, Trainer

    Greg has been a contractor in the Indianapolis area for more than 25 years that specializes in 1890’s Victorian restorations. Mr. Sauer brings an eclectic set of skills to the Institute, as he has done work ranging from energy audits for the Indiana Builders Association to working at Zion Nuclear Power Station. He has training in various lead, asbestos, and OSHA disciplines. 


    We are seeking qualified individuals to join our team!

    Check out our open positions.