Makoid NEPA Practitioner

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Guest Lecture for Duke MEM Students - Being a NEPA Practitioner

Guest Lecture for Duke MEM Students - Being a NEPA Practitioner

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  • Tell me about yourself: What’s your background? Name Have you worked in the industry? Do you have experience with NEPA compliance? What would you like to learn today? What interests you most about NEPA Technical data collection & analysis Public information, transparency & decision-making Project management & development, etc.
  • Education MPA, specialized in transportation policy AICP Certified Planner & Recent DEL NEPA Certificate Graduate Transportation Planner 8+ years of planning experience Responsible for environmental planning, NEPA compliance, station area planning, & station design Work for local agency receiving Federal Funds Work in conjunction with FTA to develop NEPA compliance for major transit capital investments
  • How do I find out about jobs? Classmates, University List Servs, etc. Job Search Engines http://www.usajobs.gov (Federal Jobs) Social Media LinkedIn DEL NEPA Training and Certificate NEPA Professionals CEQ NEPA Environmental Professionals Environmental Planning DEL NEPA Training and Certificate http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2642536&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr NEPA Professionals http://www.linkedin.com/groups/National-Environmental-Policy-Act-NEPA-73676?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr CEQ NEPA Environmental Professionals http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2393392&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr Environmental Planning http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1700597&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr Professional Organization Websites American Planning Association National Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Online Web Groups & Bulletin Boards Professional Affiliations / Organizations Training Opportunities Conferences, webinars, certifications Social Media A great way to crowd source!

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  • 1. Working as a NEPA Practitioner Meghan A. Makoid, AICP Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 1
  • 2. Overview1. Background2. So you want to be a NEPA practitioner?3. Networking – do it!4. You have a job… now what?!5. Questions Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 2
  • 3. Your background Image Source: http://www.extraordinarywonders.com/2012/06/so-tell-me-about-yourself.html Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 3
  • 4. Who am I? Image Source: http://www.cyburbia.org/content.php?r=265-post-of-the-day-what-people-think-i-do Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 4
  • 5. My background • Transportation Planner – 8+ years of planning experience – Responsible for environmental planning, NEPA compliance, station area planning, & station design • Education – MPA, specialized in transportation policy – AICP Certified Planner – & Recent DEL NEPA Certificate graduate – Current Research Interest: Social Media in NEPA • Work for local transit agency receiving Federal Funds – Work with FTA to comply with NEPA for major, federally funded, transit projects Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 5
  • 6. So you want to be a NEPApractitioner… ?• Public agency or private consultant? – If public, then Federal, State or Local agency?• To specialize or not to specialize, that is the question! – Generalist Career Track – Specialist Career Track • Management • Technical – Managing Environmental – Collecting Data Compliance – Analyzing Data – Reviewing Data – Making recommendations – Concluding recommendations – Writing reports – Editing reports – Interpreting Policy – Implementing Policy Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 6
  • 7. So you want to be a NEPApractitioner… • Job Search Level – Entry-level, Associate, Planner I, Analyst • Job Search Keywords – Planner, Transportation Planner, Environmental Planner, Community Planner – Environmental Specialist, NEPA Specialist, SEPA/CEQA Specialist (CA Only), Environmental Permitting Specialist, NEPA Resource Specialist, Environmental Resource Specialist – Environmental Economist, Environmental Scientist, Project Scientist, Field Biologist, Wildlife Biologist, 401/404 Coordinator, Ecologist, Archaeologist, Storm Water Design Engineer, Research Geographer, Acoustics Engineer, Public Involvement Specialist Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 7
  • 8. So you want to be a NEPApractitioner…• How can you find out about jobs? http://www.linkedin.com http://www.usajobs.gov http://www.naep.orghttp://www.planning.org/ Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 8
  • 9. Networking – do it!• Online Web Groups & Bulletin Boards• Professional Affiliations / Organizations• Training Opportunities – Conferences, webinars, certifications• Social Media – A great way to crowd source! • Ask questions • Learn about latest practices • Find out about training opportunities Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 9
  • 10. You have a job… now what?!• Tips & takeaways Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 10
  • 11. You have a job… now what?!• Tips for Federal, State & Local agency practitioners – Know your agency regulations and guidance – Build relationships & partnerships – Use scoping to focus on key issues – Watch out for scope creep – Use technical memoranda, appendices & incorporation by reference• Additional tips, for consultants… – Know your client, your audience, your public – Manage client expectations Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 11
  • 12. You have a job… now what?!• Know your NEPA practitioner tools• Agency specific websites, BBS & list servs – NEPAssist, ESA Webtool, other GIS-based tools – U.S. Censushttp://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/nepassist-mapping.html https://www.transportationresearch.gov/dot/fhwa/ReNe http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov ESA Webtool http://www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov/es http://lehdmap.did.census.gov/ Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 12
  • 13. You have a job… now what?!• Know your NEPA practitioner resources – Practitioner resource guides http://ceq.hss.doe.gov/ntf/Collaboration_ http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/nepapub/nepa_http://environment.transportation.org/center/products_programs/practitioners_handbooks.aspx Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 13
  • 14. You have a job… now what?!• Tips in documentation – Use plain language & graphics • No planner-ease • Graphics should be simple and easy to understand Image source: http://theplanninglab.typepad.com/theplanninglab/hu Image source: http://xkcd.com/1007/ Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 14
  • 15. You have a job… now what?!• New NEPA public involvement tools – Electronic materials & distribution (EPA changes) – Social media • Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, U-Stream, Pinterest – Try new tools, but… • Know your agency policies • Obtain buy-in from team & partners • Develop a plan for implementation • Have the technical back-up to explain • Beware of bias in presentation • Remember EJ, ADA & LEP requirementsRemember: social media is a “tool” in your practitioner toolbox Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 15
  • 16. You have a job… now what?!• Examples of Social Media in NEPA: – Woodward Avenue Detroit Light Rail Alternatives • Youtube video • Trains down the middle • http://youtu.be/egc_MwazUWo – Honolulu High Capacity Rail Project • Honolulu on the Move: Transit 101- FEIS Edition • http://youtu.be/qrlEeVcUiy0 • http://youtu.be/v_DH72ad4d4 • http://youtu.be/3D-XcT1vVGc Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 16
  • 17. Tips from other NEPA practitionersQuotes courtesy of:•Kim Bereis via LinkedIn,•Chris Sequeira @cjsequeira via twitter,•Brian Smart via LinkedIn,•Shana Johnson @Shana_Johnson via twitter,•Veronica O. Davis @Dizzyluv25 via twitter Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 17
  • 18. Questions? Image Source: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2012/07/16/daily-thought-07-16- 2012/ Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 18