Environmental Impact Assessment

Urban Planning

Spring 2013

Graham Trelstad, instructor

This course explored the key procedural elements of NEPA, SEQRA, and CEQR—the key analytic techniques used in impact assessment—and investigated how application of environmental impact assessment affects project outcome. Lectures introduced students to the statutory requirements of the laws, important judicial decisions interpreting the laws and standard methodologies for conducting environmental assessments. Case studies were used to illustrate the effect of the environmental impact assessment on design and implementation of projects or governmental actions. Practical assignments gave students an introduction to the state of practice and the range of analytic techniques used in environmental impact assessment.