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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reform: Real-World Perspectives on Streamlined Schedules, Less Expensive Processes, and More Concise Documents (Take Two)

Wednesday, August 26
11:00–11:40 PM PT
 | 2:00–2:40 PM ET

About the Session

This session will be a follow-on to AECOM’s well-attended presentation concerning the topic of Streamlining NEPA at the 2018 NAEP Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. AECOM will initiate the session with a brief review of that 2018 presentation, followed by an in-depth update of relevant key events and examples that have occurred over the course of the last year.As one of the largest A/E firms on the planet, AECOM is engaged across the spectrum of US Federal agencies, both Civilian and Department of Defense (DoD), in providing high-quality NEPA documents and supporting studies. We are also engaged around the globe in completing environmental impact analysis processes in accordance with each nation’s regulations. This global engagement allows AECOM to develop and implement cutting edge technologies that have been tested and well received elsewhere. To that end, AECOM is moving forward within this streamlining arena globally through the practical implementation of Digital NEPA.Digital NEPA capitalizes on current technologies to graphically display proposed actions, alternatives, the affected environment, potential environmental consequences, and mitigation measures. It also enables better, more rapid comprehension by the public, regulatory agencies, and decision-makers, achieving the true spirit and intent of NEPA. AECOM will review these technologies and demonstrate various tools.AECOM will also present current case studies and examples of NEPA streamlining success stories and Digital NEPA within the US, showing how challenges were successfully overcome throughout each process, reducing time, cost, and document size. We will invite representatives of various Federal agencies to provide the Government’s perspective on streamlining NEPA in current practice. As one example and using proprietary technology, AECOM has recently completed the A303 Stonehenge Digital Environmental Statement at The product has been well received by both the Client (Highways England) and public. AECOM will review this project and present case studies that are developing this first-generation tool further within the US.


  • NEPA

About the Speaker

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Brian Boose
Vice President

Mr. Boose is an Associate Vice President and the national US Federal NEPA Leader for AECOM. He has more than 32 years of experience as a nationally recognized subject matter expert in NEPA compliance, as well as strong knowledge and experience in Natural Resources Management, Cultural Resources Management, and Environmental Due Diligence, for a wide array of Federal clients. Over his career, he has managed and contributed to multiple complex environmental impact analyses (over 35 EISs and 500 EAs), led over 50 NEPA training courses nationally, developed NEPA compliance handbooks and tools for a variety of Federal agencies, and served as a mentor to multiple NEPA practitioners across the nation. Brian has worked in all 54 states and US territories. He is an experienced NEPA practitioner, mentor, educator, and trainer of professional, adult students. Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biological Sciences/Ecology from the University of California at Davis in 1990. He is a long-time member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Jennifer Warf
Washington DC Metro IAP Department Manager, National Department of Defense (DoD) IAP Leader
Associate Vice President, AECOM

Ms. Warf is an Associate Vice President and serves as the National Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Planning Leader for AECOM. She also serves as a Department Manager for AECOM’s Impact Assessment & Permitting practice, and oversees approximately 40 full-time NEPA, Natural Resources, and Cultural Resources Specialists in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Alabama. 

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