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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. 

Upcoming Events

AEP/APA Annual Holiday Party - Santa Cruz

You are intived to the AEP/APA Annual Holiday Party in Santa Cruz! AEP/APA members, their guests, and prospective members are all welcome. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP at this link to let us know you that we will see you there. 

When: December 6th, 6-9pm

Where: Rosie McCann's, 1220 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz

AEP APA 2017 HolidayParty Santa Cruz flyer

AEP/APA Annual Holiday Party - Monterey

You are intived to the AEP/APA Annual Holiday Party in Monterey! AEP/APA members, their guests, and prospective members are all welcome. Food and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP at this link to let us know you that we will see you there. 

When: December 11th, 6-9pm

Where: Epsilon Restaurant, 422 Tyler Street, Monterey

AEP APA 2017 HolidayParty Monterey flyer

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

We are always planning new events, stay tuned for more information!

Past Events

  • NEPA Essentials Workshop: The NEPA Essentials workshop is desinged ot inform consultatns, regulators, applicants, and industry professionals on the basics of NEPA practice as well as emergeing trends and issues in practice, policy, and case law.
  • Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Dinner: The Monterey Bay Chapter of AEP is hosted a dinner event with a presentation on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Speakers included Les Girard, Chief Assistant County Counsel for Monterey County; John Ricker, Director of Santa CRuz County Water Resources; and Bassam Kassab, Senior Water Resources Specialist with Santa Clara Valley Water District. The speakers discussed the state of the law, the implications of the legislation and on local agencies and the public, and how environmental professionals should analyze this legislation in environmental documents. Speakers also discussed the status of creating Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in their jurisdiction and which areas are subject to the legislation. The speakers discussed how to address this law during the interim period, prior to the GSPs being adopted, and what should be discussed after GSP adoption.
  • Varous Networking Happy Hours: Stay tuned to our website and social media accounts to hear about our various networking happy hour events, meet other environmental professionals in your local community and grab some good food and drink at the same time! 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • AEP/APA Holiday Party: Mark your calendar for some good food and cheer our yearly holiday parties are not to miss!
  • 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.
  • Student Resume Writing Workshop: 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.