Advanced NEPA Workshops

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About NEPA Workshops


Advanced NEPA Workshops are intended to provide participants with practical tips and tools about how to refine preparation and review of environmental documents prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). These workshops introduce environmental professionals to the July 16, 2020 Council on Environmental Quality Final Rule: “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act," and best practices for NEPA compliance during the transition to the new Final Rule. This eight-hour intensive workshop has been organized into six topics (order of topics per workshop may vary):

  • Summary of the Final Rule: Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act – Michael DrummondWSP USA
  • NEPA Triggers/One Federal Decision, Pam Hudson, U.S. Navy
  • Scoping under the Final Rule, Michelle Rau, Jacobs Engineering
  • Effects Determination under the Final Rule, Michael Smith, WSP USA
  • Alternatives Analysis under the Final Rule, Chuck Nicholson, HDR Inc.
  • Federal Decision-making, Fred Wagner, Venable LLP

The target audience for this workshop would include experienced NEPA planners, managers, decision-makers, environmental engineers/scientists/ specialists, consultants, regulators, applicants and attorneys who require an in-depth understanding of NEPA law, policy, and project management within their area of environmental expertise, especially those who serve on NEPA interdisciplinary teams, work with NEPA planners, or those who review/edit NEPA documents. This workshop will also benefit those professionals who work in related natural resource disciplines who work with federal land management or real estate transactions, federal agency projects or permitting, and transportation or other infrastructure projects with a NEPA review component.

Thank you to our Advanced NEPA Workshop Committee!

Marie Campbell, Michael Drummond, Pam Hudson, Lisa Mahoney, Chuck Nicholson, Michelle Rau, Michael Smith, Laura Thorne, and Fred Wagner 


  • NAEP Member: $225
  • Non-Member Government: $275
  • Non-Member Chapter-Only Member: $315
  • Non-Member: $350


Workshop Session Outline 

For a general overview of what will be covered in each workshop, please see the sample agenda below. Topic order for each workshop will vary pending speaker availability and will be sent out in the Know Before You Go email.






8:00 AM – 8:15 AM


8:15 AM – 8:45 AM

Topic 1

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Topic 2

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM 


10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Topic 3


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM



Topic 4

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Topic 5

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 


3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Topic 6

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM


 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM 

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Workshop Archives

Thank you to all who attended our 2020 Virtual Advanced NEPA Workshop Series!

Presentation recordings are available for all workshop attendees, and those who were not able to attend will have the ability to purchase these recordings soon.

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