Connecting the Technical Analysis to Public Understanding



Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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One of the greatest and most unmet challenges in preparing a CEQA document is translating highly technical information into understandable impact analyses. Yet the CEQA Guidelines unequivocally states that “EIRs shall be written in plain language.” The highly educated, talented professionals who provide essential technical evidence for our environmental documents have spent years gaining experience and certifications. Not surprisingly, each field has a language all its own, and traffic, air quality, and noise studies (to name just a few) can be stubbornly opaque to most readers. Although most studies are attached as appendices, it’s our job to make the analysis understandable to the public and decision makers, who must rely on that information and for whom the consequences are not “academic.” This session will present some best practices for summarizing technical information and explaining complex methodology in ways that are easy to understand.



Heather Dubois

Heather Dubois is a technical analyst with more than twelve years of experience as an environmental scientist/planner with local and regional jurisdictions in California. Heather's last seven years focused on air quality impact analysis, including health risk assessments and global climate change impacts in compliance with NEPA and ... Read More

Dennis Pascua

Dennis Pascua is a Transportation Planning Manager with 23 years of experience in transportation planning/traffic engineering in southern California. Dennis has successfully managed a variety of project types for local agencies and private developers, including traffic and circulation impact analyses and parking demand studies in both highly urbanized and ... Read More

Julian Capata

Julian has 11 years’ experience providing project management and technical and analytical assistance for environmental documentation and urban planning projects. He has prepared over 100 CEQA documents, from multibillion-dollar transportation projects spanning multiple jurisdictions to local capital improvement projects, covering a wide variety of sectors—e.g., hospitality and hotel ... Read More

Mark Teague

In over 30 years of public and private sector experience, Mark has worked throughout California in agencies large and small and is considered an innovative problem solver. His projects include planned communities, shopping center EIRs, general plan and zoning code updates, impact fees, and public outreach for projects highly scrutinized ... Read More

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