Monday March 27





NEPA: Basic NEPA Training

Air Quality – Regulations Overview Only

Ecosystem Services




Air Quality– Best Practices for Managing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Energy Challenges

Wildlife Habitat











Tuesday, March 28


Welcome & Planning (Tom Earnhardt & Tim Profeta)


1- Incorporating Ecosystem Services into NEPA

2-From Mountains to Sea: Strategic Planning & North Carolina Case Studies

3- Roadway Projects and Navigating the Process

4-Climate Change: Implementing Climate Change into Environmental Assessments


11:30 - 1

Lunch – Ted Boling CEQ, NEPA

1:15 – 2:45

5- NEPA Case Law Update

6-From Mountains to Sea: Case Study Using Species Data and Distribution Models

7-Emerging Issues in Transportation Projects

8- Brownfield Success Stories




(Ward to assist)

3:15 – 4:45

9-Making NEPA practice better: Progress and perspectives from the Cohen NEPA Summit panels

10-Air Quality: Weighing the Impacts and Mitigation Measures

11-Climate Change:  Effective Education and Communication Techniques

12-Water Resources: Stormwater Strategies


Presidents Dinner







Wednesday, March 29


13-Tips & Tricks for Third Party EISs

14-Aquatic Habitat Restoration Design: Key to Functional Uplift


15-NEPA Best Practices

16- Public Involvement Guidance Manuals: Technical Requirements, Content Development and Process Challenges



Poster Session in Exhibit Hall


17-Environmental Language Barriers

18-The Road to Maximizing Functions of Transportation-Induced Mitigation

19-Case Studies in Transportation Projects

20 - Public Involvement: Public Involvement: Preparing for the Next Generations

11:30 - 1

Lunch - Awards


21-Beans, Bullets, and Bunnies: Navigating the Complex World of DoD NEPA

22-Water Resources: Assessment of Water Quality Near Environmentally Impacted Sites

23-NEPA and Airports

24-Current NEPA Issues


(Ward to assist)


Poster Session in Exhibit Hall

3:15 – 4:45

25-NEPA Compliance at the FDA

26-Recent Technological Applications in Cultural Resource Management

27-Endangered Species: Sentinel Landscapes

28-Remediation Techniques


Dine Around Durham







Thursday, March 30


Membership Meeting/Awards


29-Adaptive management under NEPA? Current Practice and Future Direction

30-Wetland Conditions: Where they have Come and Implications for the Future

31-Energy: Harnessing Energy from the Environment

32-Endangered Species: Saving Our Native Flowers

Duke Forest Tour (10-2)

Take Lunch with them


33-NEPA HTL: In Dreams Begins Responsibility: Applying Environmental Assessment to Outer Space Development

34-Water Quality – HTL (TBD)

35-Public Involvement – HTL

The environment from a faith-based perspective

36-NC - SEPA/Local Regs – HTL



37-Emerging NEPA Issues

38-Environmental Technology: Applying Electronic Tools to Make Data Collection Easier

39-Case Studies and Lessons Learned from Parks and Preservation

40-From Mountains to Sea: Protecting Coastal Floral and Fauna Communities


41-NEPA Case Studies

43-Dealing with Cultural Resources, Questions you might be "afraid to ask"





NAEP2017 Conference Workshops and Training, Monday, March 27


NAEP 2017 Conference Workshops and Training Monday, March 27

This year NAEP is offering two full day training options and four half day training options.

FULL DAY TRAINING SESSIONS (8 AM to 5 PM):  For those wishing to take a full day of training, options include

  •          NEPA – Basics Workshop [Description 1 below]  
  •        Air Quality Training [Descriptions 2 and 4 below offered together as one discounted price]

Pick one of these options and we will provide your lunch.

HALF DAY TRAINING SESSIONS: For those wishing to only take a 4 hour training session, there are four options to choose from:

Morning (8 AM to noon):

  • Air Quality: Regulations Overview [Description 2 below]
  • Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making [Description 3 below]

Afternoon (1-5 PM):

  • Air Quality: Best Practices for Managing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Energy Challenges [Description 4 below]
  • Incorporating Wildlife Habitat Conservation in Local Government Land Use Planning and Ordinances: Reducing Environmental Impacts Ahead of Permitting [Description 5 below]

Note - Half day sessions do not include lunch.
*please note registration form on page __ for training session rates.


1.         NEPA Basics Workshop

CEU approved, sign up for a certificate at Registration.

This workshop will cover National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) basics, including policies, procedures, and environmental documents necessary for successful compliance. It is primarily designed for new and midlevel NEPA practitioners and will inform agency staff, consultants, regulators, applicants, and other interested professionals about best NEPA practices.

NEPA is a far-reaching law that applies to virtually all U.S. federal agencies and most activities that affect the environment. Many state, local, and private undertakings must be evaluated pursuant to NEPA if they receive federal funding, require federal permits, or would take place on federal land.

The key to successfully implementing NEPA is attaining a working knowledge of the regulations, legal interpretations, and typical federal agency practices. This workshop will cover all of these aspects of NEPA.

Workshop topics include:

▪ NEPA’s legal and regulatory framework

▪ Determining whether NEPA applies to a proposed action

▪ Key steps in the NEPA environmental review process

▪ Determining which type of NEPA document to prepare

▪ Scoping for NEPA analyses

▪ Successful integration of NEPA with other environmental laws

▪ Direct, indirect, and cumulative impact analysis

▪ Determining significance of impacts

▪ Developing and evaluating a reasonable range of alternatives

▪ Writing adequate and feasible mitigation measures

▪ Legal adequacy of NEPA documents and NEPA case law

Instructors will include leading NEPA experts from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), federal agencies, law firms, and environmental consulting firms.

2.         Air Quality: Regulations Overview (Morning Training Session)

Air quality regulations and their enforcement continue to grow in complexity.  Regulated sites often face numerous compliance touch points resulting from a web of state and federal permitting and emission control regulations.  This workshop is designed for environmental professionals, managers, operations personnel and others who are seeking a concise introduction to air quality regulations, permitting, and best compliance practices.  This session, taught by a 25-year air quality veteran, will distill complicated topics into logical, easy-to-follow lessons.  Attendees will be equipped with a strong foundation for their future work in air quality compliance.  Topics to be covered include:

•           Air Quality Regulation Principles and Definitions

•           Regulated Pollutants

•           Emissions Quantification

•           Air Quality Permitting

•           New Source Performance Standards

•           National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

•           Title V Operating Permits

•           Compliance Management Strategies

Instructor: Robert Liles, Trinity Consultants Southwest Region
Robert has more than 25 years of experience in the air quality field, including state and federal air quality permitting, environmental data management system development, compliance audits, policy development, compliance planning, ambient monitoring, air dispersion modeling, emissions inventories, control technology reviews, litigation support, and air toxics evaluations.  His primary regional responsibilities include Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Texas, and Oklahoma where he is responsible for managing project work, teaching regulatory courses, and contributing to stakeholder processes.  He presently manages consulting operations for Trinity’s Southwest Region. 

In addition to consulting experience, Robert has more than 20 years of experience providing custom and off the-shelf air quality and environmental compliance training to industry and regulators.  He regularly provides training in the areas of air quality permitting, Prevention of Significant Deterioration, compliance strategies and best practices, EMS, and industry-specific air quality regulation topics[ML1] . 

3.         Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making (Morning Training)

After two decades of slowly building understanding of how ecosystem services can be incorporated into decision making and the potential benefits of doing so, we are now seeing a rapid transition from the research community into policy guidance.  In October of 2015, the U.S. Executive Offices of the President (EOP) – the Office of Management and Budget, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy – released a memo titled “Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decision Making” which calls on federal agencies to develop work plans and implementation guidance describing how ecosystem services will be incorporated into their decisions including into NEPA assessments.  

The purpose of this training is to introduce participants to the concept of ecosystem services and how it can be used in decision making.  The training will provide an overview of the new federal guidance (which should be released at the time of the conference) and will review, at a high level, the ecosystem services assessment methods discussed in the Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services (FRMES) Guidebook ( and discuss how they align with the new guidance. The methods and concepts discussed will include causal chains and conceptual models, alternatives matrices, benefit relevant indicators, and monetary and non-monetary valuation.

Instructor:  Dr. Lydia Olander, Director, Duke University, Ecosystem Services Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Lydia Olander, Ph.D. directs the National Ecosystem Services Partnership which has been working for the last 4 years to support federal government efforts to incorporate ecosystem services into decision making.  She also directs the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University where she has worked on ecosystem services and environmental market policy since 2005.  She has a doctorate in Biogeochemistry from Stanford University; a diversity of peer reviewed publications in science, policy and law; serves on the Environmental Advisory Board for the US Army Corps of Engineers; and was an AAAS Congressional fellow in 2004-2005 working in the office of Senator Lieberman on a range of environmental issues.  

 4.   Air Quality: Best Practices for Managing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Energy Challenges (Afternoon Training Session)

In recent years, many organizations have begun to face new GHG and energy requirements that will affect their ability to operate cost-effectively over the long term. These include Federal Clean Air Act regulations - such as the GHG Tailoring Rule and Boiler NESHAP – that are imposing new emission limitations and operational restrictions on combustion sources. Significant new requirements for power generators are also coming from State and Regional programs - such as the California AB-32 rule and State Renewable Portfolio Standards - that involve GHG emission limitations, market GHG reduction mechanisms, and alternative energy generation goals. Furthermore, the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) has set forth guidelines for Federal agencies on how to address climate change impacts in NEPA reviews. With so many regulatory requirements now impacting many organizations, addressing the cost and operational impacts will undoubtedly be a significant challenge moving forward.

Outside of the regulatory realm, many stakeholders are demanding greater transparency from organizations for clarity on carbon emissions profiles and mitigation plans. Significant initiatives such as CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) provide platforms for such transparency. Data reported by CDP is used by investment managers and advisors, asset owners, data and index providers, banks and brokers for a growing range of business strategy purposes. Companies, from medium size to large, report information to CDP through climate change, water, forests, and supply chain programs.

This workshop will review and assess the regulatory and stakeholder impacts of these new requirements and provide attendees with tools and response strategies to improve their chances for operating effectively in the future.

Instructor: Rich Pandullo, MEME, CM, Trinity Consultants
Rich Pandullo, MEM, CM, is a Director with Trinity Consultants and has more than 30 years of professional experience covering a broad range of environmental management issues. During his career, he has devoted much attention to problem solving in the areas of air quality compliance, climate change strategy and GHG emissions management, EH&S management systems implementation, and various types of auditing. In the industrial sector, Mr. Pandullo has assisted dozens of clients with programs related to GHG, PSD/NSR, Title V, State air toxics, EPA RMP, OSHA PSM, and RCRA regulations. On projects in the public sector, Mr. Pandullo analyzed emission control technologies for numerous industries and has provided advisement on air quality programs.

5.   Incorporating Wildlife Habitat Conservation in Local Government Land Use Planning and Ordinances: Reducing Environmental Impacts Ahead of Permitting (Afternoon Training Session)

Since 2009, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Natural Heritage Program have been collaborating to implement conservation programs and tools for local government land use and transportation planning. NCWRC developed and coordinates the Green Growth Toolbox program (GGT, This program consists of a guidance handbook, a website, training workshops and technical assistance. The GGT provides habitat conservation recommendations, mapping data, planning methods and case studies to local governments to enhance conservation in their development-related plans and ordinances. This session will provide an interactive Green Growth Toolbox Train the Trainer Short Course. The goal of the session is for attendees to gain knowledge about conservation tools and opportunities in local government development planning. Our intent is for attendees to be better equipped to assist local governments to enhance conservation measures in their development ordinances.  An integral part of the GGT are conservation mapping data and tools provided by the N.C. Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP). As part of this training session the NCNHP will present an overview of the program’s Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE).


Instructors will include Kacy Cook and Brooke Massa, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and Suzanne Mason, N.C. Natural Heritage Program.

Kacy Cook, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Kacy Cook is a Land Conservation Biologist and coordinates the Green Growth Toolbox and works collaboratively with conservation partners, landowners and stakeholders on land conservation projects that benefit priority wildlife conservation. Kacy has been involved in the GGT and land conservation with NCWRC for over ten years. Holds a Master of Science in Forestry and Natural Resources from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forest Resources.


Brooke Massa, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Brooke Massa is a Land Conservation Biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.  Brooke provides Green Growth Toolbox workshops and technical assistance to communities and works collaboratively with conservation partners and stakeholders on other land conservation projects. Brooke holds a Masters in Environmental Management from the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment.


Suzanne Mason, N.C. Natural Heritage Program

Suzanne is a conservation data manager for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, the state agency responsible for maintaining the North Carolina’s inventory of natural heritage resources. She has over 10 years’ experience in database management, NatureServe methodology, and GIS.  Suzanne leads the Program’s data sharing activities, which includes quality control and distribution of natural heritage datasets to over 120 customer and partner organizations on a quarterly basis. She also provides training and customer support for the Natural Heritage Data Explorer. Suzanne specializes in maintaining data records for species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act and review of North Carolina Department of Transportation projects. Prior to joining the Natural Heritage Program, Suzanne studied the genetic diversity of the endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower and worked on detecting viruses in wild shrimp populations in South Carolina. She holds a Master of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina.