Demystifying CEQA and NEPA: Intro to NEPA
June 9, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
CM Credits: 1.5
Implementing CEQA and NEPA can be daunting. This online course series is geared towards planners and any planning-adjacent professionals who are looking for a practical overview of NEPA and CEQA. The course series will cover how and when CEQA and NEPA apply to planned project, and the similarities and differences between the two regulations.
This course is an introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In this course we will provide a general overview of NEPA, its history and purpose, define when NEPA is applicable, discuss the general NEPA process, provide an overview of the types of NEPA documents and discuss the contents of each type of document.
This course will allow participants to understand the key policies, players, procedures and practices of NEPA; discuss the key issues that arise with the NEPA process and how to successfully resolve them; learn how to prepare defensible and usable NEPA documents; and identify common NEPA mistakes and how to avoid them.
- Debbie Roberts, ENV SP, Senior Planner, STV: Debbie is a senior planner and project manager with more than 12 years of experience in managing and executing the planning of a variety of mixed-use, community planning, and transit improvement projects for public and private agencies throughout California. She has prepared various types of CEQA- and NEPA-related documents, including preliminary environmental studies, initial studies, land use studies and analyses, negative declarations, mitigated negative declarations, statutory and categorical exemptions, categorical exclusions, environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, and mitigation monitoring plans.
- Dakota Gross, ENV SP, Planner, STV: Dakota is an environmental and transportation planner, providing environmental services on major design-build projects, as well as corridor studies, feasibility studies, and alternative analyses throughout Southern California. She is skilled in preparing NEPA/CEQA clearances, environmental validations during final design, and environmental compliance documents during construction for public and private transportation infrastructure projects.
- Doreen Zhao, AICP, Planner, STV: Doreen is an environmental and transportation planner with experience working on transit and rail projects in Southern California. In addition to preparing alternatives analyses and corridor studies, she has managed project delivery and overseen the development of environmental impact report and environmental impact studies on large-scale infrastructure projects.