2021 CEQA Essentials Workshop

Webinar for Early Stage Practitioners

Originally aired

Wednesday, October 13
8:30am – 1:00pm

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Originally aired

Thursday, October 21
8:30am – 1:00pm

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The Association of Environmental Professionals invites you to register for the CEQA Essentials Workshop, which is a 4-hour webinar offered on two different dates for your convenience. The curriculum provides a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the California Environmental Quality Act and the State Guidelines and includes practice pointers and case studies for early stage practitioners. These webinars feature a curriculum developed specifically for people involved in the environmental review process including consultants, regulators, applicants, or industry professionals, and will benefit those new to the field as well as practicing professionals who would like a refresher on the essentials (AICP-CM credits available). The webinars will be abbreviated to 4 hours of content and interactive Q&A plus networking time thereafter. The webinar recordings will be made available to attendees afterward for reference.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding the Context and Legislative Intent of the Statute and Guidelines
  • Guiding Principles and the CEQA Process
  • How to Prepare Effective Project Descriptions and Initial Studies
  • Mitigated/Negative Declaration Documents
  • Types of EIR Documents
  • How to Stay Current
  • Findings
  • Notices

Wednesday, October 13 Panel

8:30 am-12:30 pm Workshop
12:30 pm-1:00 pm Wrap-Up


ModeratorLaurel Glass Lees, Controlled Thermal Resources

Mindy Fogg, County of Ventura
Konnie Dobreva, E|P|D Solutions
Chris Mundhenk, Ascent Environmental

Thursday, October 21 Panel

8:30 am-12:30 pm Workshop
12:30 pm-1:00 pm Wrap-Up


Moderator: Lisa Maier, MCP, Dudek

Florentina Craciun, City of San Francisco
Claudia Garcia, ICF
Emily Bacchini, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Program Outline

Introductions & Overview8:30-8:45 am
Part I. Context & Legislative Intent + Q&A8:45-9:00 am
Part II. The Rules and Principles + Q&A9:00-9:40 am
Part III. Preliminary Review + Q&A9:40-10:20 am
Part IV. Effective Project Description + Q&A10:20-10:30 am
Part V. Preparing Effective Initial Studies + Q&A10:30-11:10 am
Part VI. NDs/MNDs + Q&A11:10-11:50 am
Part VII. EIR Contents and Processes + Q&A11:50-12:15 pm
Part X. Closing Remarks + Final Q&A12:15-12:30 pm
Virtual Networking, Wrap up and Lingering Q&A12:30-1:00 pm


  • $99 – Member
  • $199 – Non-Member
  • $125 per person – 3 or more attendees (Non-Member)
  • $75 – Young Professional
  • $25 – Student
  • $25 – Additional Fee if you would like a hard copy of the CEQA Essentials Workbook.

If you need to change your registration date or person attending, please contact lbynder@califaep.org or membership@califaep.org


Contact: Lynne C. Bynder, CMP at: lbynder@califaep.org www.califaep.org
No refunds or cancellations accepted within 2 weeks of workshop date. Substitutions are permitted.