Would NEPA application benefit from a practitioner certification program?

Focus Area

NEPA Process


Environmental Process






Under 1 year

Research Idea Scope

Since its inception 50+ years ago, NEPA has been subject to criticism – takes too long, costs too much, and so on. As a result, many remedies have been put forward. Streamline reviews. OFD. Shorten page lengths. Reduce timeframe allowances. Create programmatic agreements. The list is seemingly endless. YET, NEPA is a process for delivery. A tool so to speak. Many other industries REQUIRE licenses and certifications because they demand a certain minimal level of expertise. NEPA is no different in demanding that expertise. In the right trained hands, would NEPA delivery see substantial improvement? And would a certification program deliver that right training? The research idea would examine the effectiveness of other industry certification programs and from that information, postulate on benefits and drawbacks of such a program applied to NEPA.

Urgency and Payoff

Federal environmental policy is under substantial criticism at a time where politics and policy are heavily influencing the future of our planet. A look in the mirror at our own industry’s expertise could be a telling exercise at what could lead to immediate and beneficial delivery improvements in relation to original intent.

Suggested By

John Allen

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