Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF/TREEO)

Excellence in Environmental Training

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The University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF/TREEO) is the University’s environmental training center providing non-credit continuing education courses and certificate programs to those working in environmental professions. Delivery methods for these courses and programs include on-siteonline courses, and hybrid models.

UF/TREEO is proud to be part of the Gator Nation.
Our mission is to enable our students to understand federal and state regulations,
environmental processes, and best management practices.

About Us

UF/TREEO was created to provide continuing education for water and wastewater operators so they could operate their plants in compliance with federal and state regulations.  UF has a long history of training water and wastewater operators beginning in the 1940’s with Dr. A. P. Black whose name graces one of the engineering buildings on the UF campus.

UF/TREEO expanded its course offerings as new environmental legislation was passed in the 1980s and 1990s to include Asbestos Abatement, Solid Waste, HAZWOPER, and RCRA training. Several years ago UF/TREEO began providing assistance to utilities wishing to improve operations and costs by implementing an Environmental Management System.

Since 2005 UF/TREEO has been the administrator for Florida Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FLAWARN) that provides assistance to utilities during hurricanes and other emergencies.

On-site Custom Training

UF/TREEO can bring courses to your facility, industry or agency. Existing programs may be customized to meet your specific needs or a new program can be developed for your organization. Our customized programs offer flexibility in scheduling based on your requirements and can be offered in a location of your choice.

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Environmental Organizations

UF/TREEO staff are proud members of the following environmental organizations:

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Featured Instructor

 Phillip imagePhillip Brown

Phillip Brown has been employed with the City of Jacksonville Beach for 22 years. He started as a Lift Station Mechanic, was promoted to Plant Mechanic and started working  on his Wastewater C license. Once he obtained his license, he begin to fall in love with the job and continued his education until he received his Wastewater A license. He was then promoted to his current position, Operation Training Specialist.

While doing all this, he started working with his mentor, Ron Trygar at the UF/TREEO Center, as an instructor assistant helping with the C wastewater review course. Phillip is currently working on his BA degree in Environmental Science and CET (Certified Environmental Trainer) designation.  Phillip is happily married  with five kids and five grandchildren. When you love your job it's no longer work.

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