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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Friday, July 21, 2023 
9:00 am – 4:30 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)


Defining and Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality 
Presented by: Olaide A. Banks         

  • Defining carbon neutrality
  • The accelerating movement toward carbon neutral building
  • Measuring carbon neutrality
  • Methods of moving toward carbon neutrality
  • Pitfalls of embracing carbon neutrality


Environmental Compliance Overview for Architects 
Presented by: Olaide A. Banks                               

  • Accommodating natural resource protection laws – wetlands, critical areas, flood plains, endangered species, etc.
  • Accommodating existing site contamination in design and – including soil and groundwater contaminants, asbestos or lead in existing structures
  • Managing materials generated by construction, including excavated soils
  • Use of virgin or recycled materials for fill


Designing Accessible Exterior Public Spaces: Overview of PROWAG  
Presented by: Clint Ryan

  • Codes, standards and guidelines that apply to exterior spaces
  • Development of proposed Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG)
  • Overview of PROWAG requirements


Ethical Issues for Design Professionals 
Presented by:
Grant Nicar 

  • Overview and introduction to design professionals’ ethics
  • Adopting practices which minimize ethical issues
  • Design professional’s duties to your employer, the project owner, and other project participants
  • Group scenarios with real implications                   


Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources: Science and Policy
Presented by: Jay Banner

  • Predictions of climate science based on a warmer atmosphere
  • The 100th Meridian climate boundary
  • Reconstructing past climate and projecting future climate change
  • Texas climate change and population change impacts on water resources
  • Science and policy of climate change: Example of Texas


Webinar Instructions
Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection: Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 HSW PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.5 HSW LUs (AIA) 



Olaide A. Banks 

Principal Attorney at Banks & Associates

Olaide A. Banks is the principal attorney at Banks & Associates, PLLC, a Houston-based law firm focused on meeting the needs of government and construction contractors throughout Texas. He is a trusted advisor for licensed professionals, CEOs and managers in construction firms, and government contractors. Mr. Banks was licensed as a CPA in 2003 and has more than 20 years of experience as a lead accountant and CFO for successful government contractors. He earned his B.B.A. degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, and secured his J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Banks is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Banks is a member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Jay Bannr

Professor at Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas

Professor Banner is a geoscientist who studies Earth surface processes using field, geochemical, and modeling methods. He received his B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University. Professor Banner joined the faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas in 1990 in Austin, Texas. Professor Banner’s research investigates the impacts of urbanization on aquifers and streams, and the reconstruction of past climate change, soil erosion and ocean chemistry. He teaches Environmental Science, Sustainability and Science Communication.

Grant J. Nicar

Construction Attorney with Allensworth in Austin, Texas

Mr. Nicar’s practice is primarily focused on helping architects, engineers, contractors, and owners resolve construction disputes. His approach to dispute resolution is fueled by a blend of important skills. The first is hands-on courtroom experience—and the willingness to stand by his client’s side until the dispute is resolved—through trial, arbitration, or any appeals. The second is his talent for crafting litigation strategies that seek to short-circuit and resolve construction disputes through meticulous research and preparation. Utilizing this combination, Mr. Nicar guides his clients in a way that is both fearless and smart. He helps get the results his clients need, while seeking to minimize the amount of time, effort, and resources required to get there.

Clint Ryan, RAS 1333

Owner/Project Manager at reThink Access

Clint Ryan is an accessibility expert with over 25 years of experience in architecture. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to creating inclusive spaces and ensuring accessibility compliance. As the owner of reThink Access, an ADA consulting firm, Clint provides TDLR accessibility services, specializing in removing architectural barriers and fostering accessible buildings and facilities for all individuals. He holds a license as a Registered Accessibility Specialist (RAS) issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Additionally, he is certified as an Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner by the International Code Council (ICC). His extensive architectural background, including serving as a Project Manager for prominent commercial clients nationwide, has equipped him with invaluable insights into design and construction processes. Clint’s dedication to promoting accessibility extends beyond his consultancy work, as he shares his expertise through articles and social media platforms, shedding light on best practices and common violations.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Current Issues for Texas Architects, Engineers and Landscape Architects

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course discusses five current issues facing design professionals in Texas. These issues include (1) defining and moving towards carbon neutrality, (2) complying with environmental regulations, (3) designing accessible exterior public spaces, (4) ethical issues, and (5) climate change and its effect on water resources. 

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define and measure carbon neutrality and adopt methods of moving towards carbon neutrality.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with natural resource protection laws, manage materials generated by construction such as excavated soils, and discuss the use of recycled materials for fill.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference codes, standards and guidelines that apply to accessible exterior spaces and analyze the development and requirements of the Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG).

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to adopt practices which minimize ethical issues, identify the design professional’s duties to the employer, owner and other stakeholders, and discuss scenarios with real implications.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to discuss the effects of climate change in Texas and its impact on the population and water resources.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/18/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00


Before undertaking any on-demand effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity. It’s your responsibility to determine whether or not this on-demand course meets your continuing education requirements.

You must take and pass a quiz in order to receive credit. You can take the quiz as many times as needed and there is no time limit on the quiz. Once the quiz is completed, you will be asked to download your certificate.

Videos that qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA, or CLARB credit will require an extra week for processing.

Streamable MP4/PDF

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The link to the quiz will be available in a PDF in your USB drive marked QUIZ.

HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

Please contact HalfMoon Education if you have any questions during the process of taking this course. (715) 835-5900 or