National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) News

NAEP National Conference Abstract Deadline: NAEP, our parent organization, has extended their abstract submittal deadline for the 2018 annual conference. New deadline is Friday, September 29, 2017. See for details about the conference and instructions for submitting an abstract. 

Mark your calendar for future AAEP events:
Thursday, November 16, 2017: Brown Bag Speaker Series, speaker TBD
Thursday, January 18, 2018: Brown Bag Speaker Series, speaker TBD
Thursday, February 15, 2018: Brown Bag Speaker Series, speaker TBD
Have an idea for a presentation or a suggestion for what you’d like to hear? Email!

Brown Bag Speaker Series

Thursday, October 19, 2017: Brown Bag Speaker Series Event:

Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Program Overview. Presented by Mike Brubaker, ANTHC. Developed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and funded by the US EPA and the BOEM, The Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network connects people through information about our shared environment.  The LEO Network utilizes web-accessible maps to display observations which are then shared with network members. The maps contain descriptions, photos, expert consultations and links to information resources. Please join us for a live demonstration and discussion about the LEO network.

Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals


Wednesday, October 18: Implementing Executive Order 13807: Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process Webinar:This webinar will provide an overview of Executive Order 13807: Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process, which was signed by President Trump on August 15, 2017. The purpose of this Order is to change the way the federal government processes environmental reviews and authorization decisions for infrastructure projects as a means to transform our economy. The panel will describe actions being taken to implement the Order including the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) initial list of actions published in the Federal Register on September 14, 2017, as well as the Department of the Interior’s Secretarial Order 3355 issued on August 31, 2017 that requires firm page and time limits for Environmental Impact Statements. The panel will also share perspectives on streamlining and best practices that have proven to accelerate and improve the federal environmental review and decision-making process.

Speakers include:                  
•         Ted Boling, Associate Director for National Environmental Policy Act at CEQ
•         Michaela Noble, Director Office of Environmental Policy & Compliance, Department of the Interior
•         Ronald Lamb, NEPA Specialist for the Marine Corps
•         Chuck Nicholson, NAEP Board Member and former Tennessee Valley Authority NEPA Lead.
Moderating this panel is Shannon Stewart, NAEP Education Committee Chair, former National NEPA Lead for the Bureau of Land Management, and author of "NEPA as a Tool for Strategic Analysis and Decision Making" (Environmental Practice; Vol 16, No 4) an article highlighting the benefits of programmatic NEPA.

The webinar begins at 11:00 am AKST and runs 90 minutes, including Q&A. It will be held at HDR, 4th floor conference room, 2525 C Street, Anchorage. AAEP members attend for FREE; non-members can join by paying $10 by cash, check, or credit card. You can also become a member at the webinar! No need to RSVP – we look forward to seeing you there.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 season of Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals (AAEP). We hope you had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events, listed below. You can always view coming events on our website, Keep reading for AAEP news and to learn about our planned events:

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​​​​About The Brown Bag Speaker Series >

AAEP meets at the BP Energy Center

900 E. Benson Blvd., Anchorage.

Please come early so we can begin promptly at 11:45. Doors open at 11:30, presentation 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.

The Alaska Association of Environmental Professionals has provided a forum for information exchange through our regular "Brown Bag" seminars, which are meetings held monthly from September through May, with informal presentations by speakers selected for topics of interest. 

Please note: While these events are free and open to the public, we have limited seating capacity. Due to the expected popularity of this event, we will be prioritizing AAEP members for seating. Not a member? You can join online at or at the door with cash, check, or credit card. Not sure of your membership status? Send an email inquiry to and we’ll check for you.