APA and AEP: Introduction to CEQA and Careers in Environmental Planning
This course will provide basic building blocks to understand and implement the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and how it is implemented by local agencies. Completion of the workshop will provide students and emerging professionals with a strong base to develop further CEQA knowledge. This training, which will focus on practical real-world applications, will enhance the resume of each participant to demonstrate their mastery of the preeminent environmental regulation/process in California. The following topics will be briefly covered:
oHistorical and political roots of CEQA;
oOverview of the CEQA process via a comprehensive flowchart;
oSummary of CEQA documents such as an Initial Study, Statutory and Categorical Exemptions, Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), and Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and
oRelationship of CEQA to other state laws and federal environmental laws.
Potential employers in agencies and companies that deal with private development or public works projects often require some knowledge of CEQA from new employees, and the applicant with CEQA knowledge will often win a position over a candidate without this knowledge.
The course will also include information on careers currently available in environmental planning beyond just CEQA compliance. Opportunities in the private and public sectors will be explored, along with the importance of professional networking. This session will help environmentally-focused students and emerging professionals alike with their career preparation!
Instructor: Kent Norton has 37 years of experience in CEQA and NEPA compliance and is currently a Senior Environmental Planner with LSA Associates, Inc., a full-service environmental consulting firm with offices throughout California. His projects have ranged from MNDs for small urban infill subdivisions to over a dozen large specific plan projects in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties He is the State President of the Association of Environmental Professionals and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners as well as the American Planning Association. Mr. Norton obtained both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Science and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in urban and regional planning from the California State University at Fullerton.
Speaker: Geoff Danker is the Senior Environmental Policy Advisor at the Southern California Gas Company. In this role, Mr. Danker develops and recommends environmental policy for SoCalGas in response to proposed regulations, legislation or emerging environmental policy issues. He manages business unit teams to assess the impact of regulation and legislation and sets SoCalGas position or appropriate response to environmental and public policy issues. Prior to SoCalGas, Geoff worked as an environmental consultant providing planning, permitting and policy expertise for a variety of energy and infrastructure projects. He is currently the Vice President of Programs for the Association of Environmental Professionals and the Vice Director of Programs for the American Planning Association. Geoff holds a B.S. in Environmental Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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