Writing Effective CEQA Documents

UC San Diego Extension


Monday, October 7, 2019, midnight
Saturday, November 16, 2019, midnight CST

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Effective writing is one of the most highly cited and desirable skills in CEQA practice. Learn how to prepare technically compliant, legally defensible, and high quality environmental documents including Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), Initial Studies, Mitigated Negative Declarations (MNDs), and required CEQA findings. Strengthen writing skills needed for professional practice, including skills to enhance document effectiveness, clarity, and accuracy. This advanced course is designed to give students the practical training needed to produce high quality, legally defensible environmental documents.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand application of different types of environmental documents and legal risk
  • Write a defensible Project Description
  • Establish appropriate Environmental Baselines
  • Learn how to respond to comments on Draft EIRs
  • Understand how case law continuously shapes CEQA practice

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Chad Beckstrom

Chad Beckstrom, AICP is a Principal Consultant and senior leader with ICF with over 20 years of experience in the environmental planning consulting industry. He brings expert knowledge and application of CEQA and other environmental regulatory requirements with vast experience in project management and preparation of environmental documents. Chad thrives on solving complex problems and providing his governmental and private clients with the best professional advice, and is highly-motivated by interesting and challenging work. His project portfolio includes maritime port development, water/wastewater infrastructure, renewable energy and transmission, transportation infrastructure, schools, recreation and parks, habitat restoration, residential/ commercial/ industrial development, and master planning projects. He has instructed courses on the CEQA environmental review processes through university extension programs, educational seminars and webinars, professional organization conferences and workshops, and client-focused customized training programs. Chad earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from Cal Poly Pomona, and a B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine, and he maintains an active and up-to-date Certification from the American Planning Association’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).