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Behaving Ethically in Today's World 

Tuesday, August 25
1:40–2:20 PM PT
 | 1:40–5:20 PM ET

About the Session

This session is designed to provide environmental professionals with a deeper understanding of how to behave ethically in today’s world.  The session will briefly examine the natural basis of ethics and the relationship between selfishness and unethical behavior.  New trends in ethical views of our actions towards the environment will be highlighted.  Ethical and unethical behavior in the working world will also be discussed, including best practices for promoting ethical conduct in the current work environment.  Examples of ethical codes and standards promulgated in the industry and government, including those established in NAEP’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Environmental Professionals, will be reviewed.  The audience will be invited to raise and discuss ethical questions so participants can learn how to apply concepts that are presented in the session to their professional lives.

About the Speaker


Richard Burke
Project Manager

Richard Burke, CEP, has over 40 years of experience in managing environmental planning, permitting, and compliance practices, and in serving clients in the capacity of technical, project, and program management. He was the author of the Ethics Matters articles in the newsletters of the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP), led the Ethics Seminar at NAEP’s annual conferences in Tacoma WA in March, 2018, and in Baltimore MD in May, 2019, and was one of the two presenters in NAEP’s Ethics Webinar in January, 2019. He is a Certified Environmental Professional, past President of ABCEP, current member of its Certification Review Board, lifetime member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, and author of numerous papers and presentations on environmental topics. He has a BS in Interdepartmental Studies from Stanford University, and an MS in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University.

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