Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations

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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. The land UF/TREEO sits on is located across from the Kanapaha Water Reclamation Facility and was donated to the University of Florida by the City of Gainesville. UF has a long history of training water and wastewater operators beginning in the 1940’s with Dr. A. P. Black. One of the engineering buildings on campus bears his name.

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

 Mauricio Zepeda, PE

Mauricio is the new Senior Training Specialist for Water and Wastewater programs at the TREEO Center where he will be teaching a variety of courses. He is a double-A licensed operator and a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida and has a BS in Environmental Engineering from UCF. He has worked in the drinking water and wastewater industries as an operator, laboratory manager, chief operator, in-house trainer, and superintendent; and as an engineering consultant for more than thirty years in a variety of locations. Mauricio has provided training for utilities, engineering firms, and regulatory agencies such as OUC, Malcolm Pirnie / ARCADIS, and FDEP.

Mauricio can be reached at or 352-392-9570 ext. 231


Visit us at the following Conference:

FWRC 2015, May 3-6, 2015


TREEO Calendar

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Online courses show up first since they are ongoing.
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Featured Courses

Chlorine First Responder Technician Level 24 hour Introduction

1/27/2015-1/29/2015, Gainesville FL

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Fundamentals of Slope Stability and Settlement for Solid Waste Disposal Facilities

April 20-22, 2015 Orlando FL

Train the Trainer

This course is prepared for business and industry personnel responsible for developing, delivering, evaluating and managing environmental training. Practical application exercises are used in conjunction with course materials to teach students how to design and deliver an effective environmental training program. February 2 - 4, 2015,   More information.

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