Law Seminars International Presents:

A New Advanced Seminar on

CEQA in Northern California

A deep dive into CEQA document preparation and litigation for issues arising from the confluence of energy, greenhouse gas, and VMT policies

May 3, 2019

San Francisco, CA

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

Attorneys, real estate and environmental professionals, corporate managers and governmental representatives

Why You Should Order

CEQA continues to evolve, and the latest evolution in CEQA legislation, regulation, and Supreme Court case law means that CEQA documents are becoming highly technical. Agencies must update their CEQA practices in order to satisfy CEQA's latest requirements for analyzing greenhouse gas emissions, transportation, and energy impacts. New requirements come in the form of Supreme Court opinion, and legislative and regulatory updates from the California Air Resources Board on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The CEQA Guidelines implementing SB 743, mandating a shift to vehicle miles travelled (VMT) analysis are now in place. The CEQA Guidelines regarding energy impacts have also been updated. This seminar will provide the latest legal guidance and practical advice on how to analyze these technical issues. The seminar will also provide a summary of the recent Supreme Court case Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (Friant Ranch) and what that case means for your CEQA documents.

~ Barbara J. Schussman, Esq. of Perkins Coie and

Tiffany K. Wright, Esq. of Remy Moose Manley LLP, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • VMT: Key provisions in the OPR Technical Advisory
  • Tools and strategies for achieving VMT thresholds
  • CEQA and the road to carbon neutrality by 2045
  • Friant Ranch case and Practical approaches for complying with the Supreme Court's ruling
  • CEQA requirements for analysis of potential energy consumption impacts
  • The Citi2Zero approach for achieving and demonstrating energy efficiency

What Attendees Said

  • Panelists represented a good range of fields and interests. Well moderated session."
  • "I really appreciate the diversity of perspectives on the panels!"
  • "Loved the materials."
  • "The workshop was exceptional in both content and presentation. Thanks!"
  • "Good timing, questions will return next year."

Friday, May 03, 2019

8:00 am

Registrations Open

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Barbara J. Schussman, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie / San Francisco, CA

Tiffany K. Wright, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Remy Moose Manley LLP / Sacramento, CA

8:45 am

Transportation: Aligning Measurement of Transportation Impacts with Investment in Sustainability

Rationale for OPR's VMT-based approach; key provisions in the OPR Technical Advisory for implementing SB 743

Chris Ganson , Senior Planner
Governor's Office of Planning & Research / Sacramento, CA

Tools and strategies for achieving VMT thresholds

Ronald T. Milam, AICP, PTP , Director of Evolving the Status Quo
Fehr & Peers / Sacramento, CA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Assessing Impacts in an Uncertain Climate

Latest developments: Relevant statutes, case law, guidelines; prospects for further legislative action

James L. Arnone, Esq.
Latham & Watkins / Los Angeles, CA

Significance thresholds, methodology, and mitigation measures

Gary D. Jakobs, AICP , Principal
Ascent Environmental, Inc. / Sacramento, CA

11:30 am

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Road to 2045

Steps to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, and how an individual CEQA project can provide part of the solution

Gabriel Monroe, Esq. , Attorney
California Air Resources Board / Sacramento, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Innovative Solutions

A new standard of sustainability? Challenges related to how projects could reduce or mitigate to a "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions approach

Eric C. Lu, PE , Principal
Ramboll Group / Irvine, CA

2:15 pm

Other Important CEQA Developments

Sierra Club v. County of Fresno (Friant Ranch) could mean big changes in how we prepare and litigate environmental documents

James G. Moose, Esq.
Remy Moose Manley LLP / Sacramento, CA

Practical approaches for complying with the Supreme Court's ruling

Michael Keinath, Esq. , Principal
Ramboll Environ Inc / San Francisco, CA

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Energy: Bringing the VMT and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Pieces Together to Demonstrate Energy Efficiency

Legal update on what CEQA requires for analysis of potential energy consumption impacts: Recent cases; Appendix F guidelines; AB 32 and the Title 24 Net Zero Goal for buildings; other state policies to reduce carbon emissions

Julie A. Jones, Esq.
Perkins Coie / San Francisco, CA

Energy analysis: Best thinking for methodologies, including the Citi2Zero approach for leveraging planned development, existing assets and infrastructure; other options local governments can implement on their own

Mindy Craig , Owner/Principal
Blue Point Planning / Oakland, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Barbara J. Schussman, Barbara J. Schussman, Program Co-Chair, is the San Francisco Office Managing Partner for Perkins Coie. She focuses on securing federal, state and local agency approvals needed to develop a wide range of private and public projects.

Tiffany K. Wright, Tiffany K. Wright, Program Co-Chair, is the Managing Partner at Remy Moose & Manley LLP. She represents public agencies and private applicants in a variety of land use and environmental law matters including all phases of the land use entitlement and permitting processes.

James L. Arnone James L. Arnone is the Global Chair of the Environment, Land & Resources Department at Latham & Watkins. He co-authored a global climate change chapter in an ABA-published Environmental Litigation book and was recognized as one of California's "Top 50 Development Lawyers" by the Daily Journal.

Mindy Craig Mindy Craig is Owner/Principal of Blue Point Planning. She provides policy and strategic planning, marketing, outreach and communications, and financial feasibility services to organizations throughout California and the United States.

Chris Ganson Chris Ganson is Senior Planner in the Governor's Office of Planning & Research. He has broad expertise in assessment and mitigation of environmental and human health factors driven by land use and transportation planning.

Gary D. Jakobs, AICP, Gary D. Jakobs, AICP, is a Principal at Ascent Environmental, Inc. He is a CEQA and NEPA expert who develops practice methods, leads emerging analysis and policy trends, and helps his clients understand applicable regulations and case law.

Julie A. Jones Julie A. Jones is a partner at Perkins Coie. She focuses on environmental and land use counseling and litigation for complex development projects.

Michael Keinath Michael Keinath is a Principal at Ramboll Environ Inc. and leads the Air Sciences and Climate Change Practice Area in the Americas. He has led the air quality and greenhouse gas analyses for entitlement of a number of marquee projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eric C. Lu, PE, Eric C. Lu, PE, is a Principal at Ramboll Group. He has expertise with air permitting, air dispersion modeling, risk assessment, litigation support, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventoring and reporting.

Ronald T. Milam, AICP, PTP Ronald T. Milam, AICP, PTP is the Director of Evolving the Status Quo at Fehr & Peers and leads the company's research and development. His recent work has focused on travel market priorities, disruptive trends such as internet shopping and automated vehicles, plus big data analysis.

Gabriel Monroe Gabriel Monroe is an attorney at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), where he provides legal support for the agency's air quality and climate change programs, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the AB 32 Climate Change Scoping Plan.

James G. Moose James G. Moose is a Senior Partner at Remy Moose & Manley LLP. He has been involved in litigation resulting in numerous significant CEQA precedents in the Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits, 6.50 AICP planner credits, and 6.50 ABCEP environmental professional credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.