Demystifying CEQA and NEPA: Similarities & Differences – A Comparative Look
June 16, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CM Credits: 1 Law
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.
APA Los Angeles is excited to invite you to join us on a 4 course series to explore CEQA and NEPA. Registration is free. CM credits are being offered for each course.
- Course #1: Intro to CEQA (Part 1), May 19. Noon to 1:00pm.
- Course #2: Intro to CEQA (Part 2), June 2. Noon to 1:00pm.
- Course #3: Intro to NEPA, June 9. Noon to 1:30pm.
- Course #4: CEQA & NEPA: Similarities & Differences – A Comparative Look, June 16. Noon to 1:00pm.
This course is part four of the Intro to CEQA and Intro to NEPA modules. Drawing on what has been learned from the prior modules, this course compares CEQA an NEPA. How are they similar? How are they different? By the end of this course, one will be able to discern how to apply CEQA and NEPA to a project, their processes, types of documents, content requirements, and how to prepare joint CEQA/NEPA documents.
This course will allow participants to identify how CEQA and NEPA are similar; identify how CEQA and NEPA are different; understand when is it appropriate to prepare a joint CEQA/NEPA document; and how to prepare a joint CEQA/NEPA document.
- 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.