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The Metropolitan Environmental Training Alliance (METRA) (http://www.metra.org) promotes environmental excellence through training and partnerships.  During the mid-1990’s, government regulators began realizing that traditional inspection and enforcement strategies were not effective enough in preventing occupational safety and hazardous waste law violations at facilities. This promoted public and private organizations in Central Florida to begin discussing alternative approaches.

On Earth Day 1998, METRA was formed between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Central Florida local government agencies.This new partnership served as a tool for improving environmental compliance and protecting Florida’s environment through affordable, relevant, professional training.

Today, METRA is an all-volunteer organization of environmental professionals who develop and provide high quality environmental compliance training at little to no cost. Throughout the year METRA targets specific industries to help them receive training specific to their type of work.  Industries that have benefited from this training include aeronautical maintenance, commercial retail centers, healthcare facilities, construction, vehicle maintenance and auto repair shops, and manufacturing. Several thousand industrial members of the Central Florida business community have been trained via METRA since 1998.

METRA has received numerous environmental awards, including the Sustainable Florida Award for Initiative in recognition of its environmental stewardship and leadership.

METRA holds monthly meetings featuring guest speakers at no cost to attendees.  The organization host an Environmental Excellent (E2) day each year providing a day of professional, low-cost, broad-topic training to environmental professionals.  The event is held at Sea World and will take place on October 1, 2104.

Information copied from I4biz magazine, April 2014 issue (I4biz.com)


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