Makoid NEPA Practitioner

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Guest Lecture for Duke MEM Students - Being a NEPA Practitioner

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Makoid NEPA Practitioner

  1. 1. Working as a NEPA Practitioner Meghan A. Makoid, AICP Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 1
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 10. You have a job… now what?!• Tips & takeaways Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 10
  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 18. Questions? Image Source: http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2012/07/16/daily-thought-07-16- 2012/ Copyright ©2012 Duke Environmental Leadership Program 18

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