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Introduction to CEQA and Careers in Environmental Planning

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Natural Sciences I, Room 1114

University of California

Irvine, ca 92697

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Speaker:

Kent Norton, AICP, REPA; Senior Environmental Planner, LSA Associates, Inc.

Mr. Norton has 40 years of experience in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and is currently a Senior Environmental Planner with LSA Associates, Inc., a full-service environmental consulting firm with offices throughout California. He is the Immediate Past State President of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) as well as the American Planning Association (APA). 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.

Topic Overview:

This course will provide basic building blocks to understand and implement CEQA and how it is implemented by local agencies. Completion of the workshop will provide students 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:

  • Historical and political roots of CEQA;
  • Overview of the CEQA process via a comprehensive flowchart;
  • Summary of CEQA documents such as an Initial Study, Statutory and Categorical Exemptions, Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND), and Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and
  • Relationship 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 graduate 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 juniors and seniors with their career preparation both pre- and post-graduation!

Space is limited to 75 people, so make your reservations today!

WHEN:

Check-in starts at 8:30 AM.

Presentation will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Parking is available in Lot 13 ($2/hour) and Lot 16 ($4/hour).

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Continental Breakfast.

*Please note that parking is not included for this event*

QUESTIONS:

E-mail Kristen Bogue (KBOGUE@mbakerintl.com), OCAEP Student Liaison or Tanner Wolverton (twolvert@uci.edu), OCAEP Student Chapter at UCI Vice President of Programs.

Uncancelled reservations and cancellations after the date above will be billed.

As a non-profit group, AEP cannot absorb the cost of uncancelled reservations after arrangements have been made.

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University of California

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