National Association of Environmental Professionals



National Association of Environmental Professionals




Council on Environmental Quality Revised Draft Guidance

on Integrating Analysis of Greenhouse Gases

and Climate Change in NEPA Documents



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This webinar will present a synopsis of how courts are addressing the questions of when and how agencies consider climate change in their NEPA reviews and then focus on the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Revised Draft Guidance on Integrating Analysis of Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change into environmental documents prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The Revised Draft Guidance was released by CEQ for a 60-day public review and comment on December 24, 2014, with comments due through February 23, 2015 (   

Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law will describe recent court findings related to the analysis of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change for environmental reviews undertaken pursuant to the NEPA and related state laws and the genesis for the request for guidance.  Horst Greczmiel of CEQ will summarize the Revised Draft Guidance describing how Federal departments and agencies should consider the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in their NEPA reviews.  The guidance supersedes the draft greenhouse gas and climate change guidance released by CEQ in February 2010.  This guidance explains that agencies should consider both the potential effects of a proposed action on climate change, as indicated by its estimated greenhouse gas emissions, and the implications of climate change for the environmental effects of a proposed action.  The guidance also emphasizes that agency analyses should be commensurate with projected greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts, and should employ appropriate quantitative or qualitative analytical methods to ensure useful information is available to inform the public and the decision-making process in distinguishing between alternatives and mitigations.  Cheryl Laskowski of Atkins North America will describe appropriate approaches to using the 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions on an annual basis as a reference point below which a quantitative analysis of greenhouse gas is not warranted unless it is easily accomplished based on available tools and data.   

Unlike the 2010 draft guidance, the revised draft guidance applies to all proposed Federal agency actions, including land and resource management actions.  It reflects CEQ’s consideration of responses to the questions regarding land and resource management actions and the comments received on the 2010 draft guidance in addition to other Federal agency and affected stakeholder input.  The revised guidance also discusses the relationship of the proposed action to the consideration of preparedness (adaptation) to climate change.  It does not create new or additional regulatory requirements.  It instructs agencies on how to address the greenhouse gas emissions from and the effects of climate change on their proposed actions within the existing NEPA regulatory framework. 

Moderator:   Marie Campbell, Sapphos Environmental, Inc., President and NAEP Elected Board Member 

Speakers:      Horst Greczmiel, Council on Environmental Quality, Associate Director and NAEP Member 

                       Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School, Professor and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law 

                       Cheryl Laskowski, Atkins North America, Project Manager, Climate Change              

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 2:00pm ET (1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT) 
Duration:  Event will last 90 minutes, includes Q&A
Location:  Wherever it is convenient for you
Questions:  Contact Tim Bower at (856) 283-7816 or e-mail at


Registration Fees:

  • NAEP members — $75.00
  • NAEP Affiliate Chapter members that are not NAEP members — $125.00 (Save $50—please consider joining NAEP to receive the member rate for this and future events)
  • University connection — $125.00
  • Non-members (NAEP or Affiliated Chapters) - $140.00 (Save $65—please consider joining NAEP to receive the member rate for this and future events)

For more information, please contact Tim Bower at (856) 283-7816 or email at

Related Reading:

New York Environmental Impact Statements Beginning to Address Climate Resiliency (October 2014).

Consideration of Climate Change in  Federal EISs, 2009-2011 (2012).

Reverse Environmental Impact Analysis: Effect of Climate Change on Projects (2012).




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NAEP/APU Three-Part Webinar Series 2014

Join us for our third exciting year of interactive webcasts with industry experts sponsored by American Public University and the National Association of Environmental Professional (NAEP).

APU and NAEP are collaborating on this 3-part series focused on professional development for environmental professionals; helping you build the skills you need for success.

Below is a list of the topics of the 2014 webinars:

  • Part 1: Effective Project Management
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