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AEP Monterey Bay California Chapter

To enhance, maintain and protect the quality of the natural and human environment

Programs & Events

The Monterey Bay AEP Chapter supports environmental professionals by providing an array of informational programs and social events. Upcoming programs and events are also announced on our Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Visit our website often to find our current schedule of events. We look forward to seeing you at our speaker luncheons, workshops, social events, and conferences sponsored by Monterey AEP. Click on any event title in the calendar for details. Visit the event calendar of the State AEP for information on events around California, including the annual AEP Conference each spring.

Informational Programs

The Monterey Bay AEP Chapter invites members and non-members to our informational programs. We are always seeking topics or speakers for our seminars, workshops, speaker events, and brown-bag lunches. Upcoming events are announced on our calendar page, as details become available. Please contact Erin Harwayne or Megan Jones, Co-Vice Presidents of Programs, at if you are interested in speaking at a local program or have a suggested topic or if you have suggestions.

Social Events

The Monterey Bay AEP Chapter aims to create interesting and fun social events for our members. We always are open to suggestions for social events that may be of interest to our membership. If you have suggestions, please contact Erin Harwayne or Megan Jones, Co-Vice President of Programs at . Upcoming events are announced on the calendar page, as details become available.

CEQA Workshops

The California AEP sponsors a series of annual workshops across California about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). AEP sponsors a CEQA Fall Basics Workshop across the state to provide a basic understanding of the fundamentals of CEQA and the State Guidelines. The Advanced CEQA Workshop held each spring focuses on recent case law and best practices in CEQA and NEPA. For location details and to register, visit the California AEP Website at www.califaep.org where you can download the workshops flyer, and access the registration form. Workshops will qualify for AICP credits. Group and student discounts are offered.

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: An informative presentation on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is being planned for late May or June. The event will be held in the evening, over dinner, at a location in Watsonville. Stay tuned for more information!

Past Events

CEQA Basics Workshop for Students: The Monterey Bay Chapter of AEP will be hosting a half-day workshop focusing on the basics of CEQA. This workshop will be taught by Kent Norton, a leader in the California environmental field with years of experience as a CEQA practitioner. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of the fundamentals of CEQA and features a curriculum developed specially for students who would like to get involved in the environmental review process, including consultants, regulators, applicants, or industry professionals. Careers in the environmental planning field will also be discussed. This class will greatly benefit those new to the CEQA field.

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: CSU Monterey Bay Chapman Science Academic Center, Bldg. 53, Room E104 (1st Floor)
Cost: Free for current students

Pinnacles Hike for Environmental Professionals, Friends, and Family: Come visit the nation’s newest National Park, right in your backyard! Hiking in the Pinnacles is fantastic this time of year. The wildflowers are in bloom, the condors are soaring, and the temperatures haven’t yet become hot. So get caught up with your professional colleagues and become introduced to AEP Monterey chapter members and the AEP organization while hiking some of the best ‘hills’ to be found in this area. For those that don’t know the Pinnacles, this is a fantastic hiking, picnicking, and world-class rock climbing park. We will lead a 4-5 mile (strenuous) hike up to the High Peaks. It is just a little over two miles up, but up is the key word. So you don’t feel overwhelmed, I have hiked it with a three year old walking the entire way. The trail is not too steep; it just keeps going up. At the top are fantastic views, my favorite ‘lunch rock’ and some narrow areas and steep steps. We will also provide you with information on shorter hikes and a 10 miler, if you are interested. Bring clothes for hot or cold and bring water…plenty of it! AEP will provide trail mix.

When: Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 AM
Where: West side of the Pinnacles, visitor center parking lot
Cost: Free

Tribal Cultural Resources and CEQA: Come and learn about the new requirements under CEQA and the Government Code related to addressing important tribal cultural resources. Mark your calendars for the evening of Monday, February 1st, for an interesting discussion. Monterey County Planner Craig Spencer will discuss the requirements for CEQA and Ohlone/Coastanoan/Esselen Nation Tribal Chairwoman Louise J. Miranda Ramirez will discuss the importance of these resources to the tribes, the public, and the importance of the cultural analysis in environmental documents.

When: Monday, February 1st, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Bayonet and Black Horse Restaurant
1 McClure Way, Seaside
Cost: $5 AEP Members, $30 Non Members

Monterey Bay Planning Symposium: The Monterey Bay Chapter of AEP, in coordination with the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), is hosting a one-day planning symposium to educate and inform planning commissioners, elected officials and planning practitioners about current planning practices and trends, with a specific focus on the three-county Monterey Bay region. The morning sessions will focus on planning basics and effective coordination between planners and decision makers. The afternoon sessions will include a panel of elected officials to discuss planning issues facing the Monterey Bay region on critical issues such as water supply, agriculture practices, traffic congestion, and economic development. The Symposium will close with an update on recent case law and future reform efforts to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

When: Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: CSU Monterey Bay Alumni and Visitor Center
Cost: Free for AEP/APA members, all others $30

AEP/APA Holiday Party: Mark your calendar for some good food and cheer in downtown Santa Cruz.
Who: You AEPers and APAers
What: Catching up with your fellow environmental professionals and planners
When: Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Where: Motiv (www.motivsc.com) at 1209 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz
Why: Why not?

AEP/APA Trivia Night: Showcase your planning geekery, environmental prowess, and knowledge of our historic Monterey Bay in AEP/APA’s first ever Trivia Night on May 12 at Turn 12! Themed questions pertaining to urban planning, cities, the environment, and local history will make this event the ultimate showcase of your talent! Bring your own team or join up with other AEP/APA members at the event and compete for prizes! This is a free event. Appetizers will be provided. No host bar.

Watershed Showing: The CSUMB Student Chapter of AEP is presenting a showing of "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West" on Sunday, May 4th from 7-8:00 PM at the CSUMB Library, Room 1188. This event is FREE and open to students, staff, faculty, and the public. Light refreshments to follow the screening. For more information or to request a sign language interpreter or other disability-related accommodation, please contact 831.431.3485 or by 4/23/14.

AEP/APA Spring Happy Hour: Join the Monterey Bay Chapter of AEP and APA for our Spring Happy Hour on March 20th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm... It’s time to celebrate with your favorite planning and environmental professionals! Meet at English Ales Brewery, 223A Reindollar Avenue, Marina (831) 883-3000. This is a no-cost event. Appetizers to be provided; no-host bar. RSVP’s, although not required, are appreciated, by Tuesday, March 18th. If you have any questions and to RSVP, please contact Julie Barlow, or 415.826.2292.

CEQA Basics Workshop for Students: The Monterey Bay Chapter of AEP is proud to present a CEQA Basics Workshop for Students, which will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at California State University Monterey Bay. Room is limited, so please RSVP by Monday February 24, 2014 to Megan Jones, or Andrea Goodmansen, . For details, please click to see the flyer.

Resume Writing Workshop for Students: The AEP Student Chapter at CSUMB conducted their first workshop on February 19, 2014. The workshop was led by a panel of experienced professionals and was attended by 20 AEP student members. The panel members included Susan Alexander (CSUMB Faculty), Thomas Rogers (CSUMB Career Advisor), and Sarah Hardgrave (Independent Consultant). The panelists took turns giving advice about the do's and don'ts of writing resumes, CVs and cover letters. With the variety of experience and background the panelists offered, they were able to provide stylistic critique for many career path opportunities. The last portion of the workshop included groups of students sharing and critiquing each other’s resumes, as the panelists walked around and helped as needed. All the students felt it was extremely beneficial, for both undergraduates and recent graduates. The student club plans to continue with this effort by providing feedback loops to coordinate further comments on reworked resumes.