CEQA and Climate Change: An In-Depth Update

Environmental Compliance Webinar Series
Categorized Under: Climate, Environment



The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) practice regarding the impacts of global warming and climate change continues to evolve. As we gain more experience on the topic and new court cases shine a light on the right paths to follow, greater clarity is emerging.

Participate in an in-depth discussion of the implications of climate change and its practical effects on CEQA compliance. Topics include:

  • An overview of the CEQA Guidelines
  • Climate action plans and tiering of review and mitigation
  • An overview of the latest cases from the Courts of Appeal
  • Thresholds of significance and significance determinations
  • Feasible mitigation approaches
  • Updates on climate change predictions and uncertainties in California
  • Emerging CEQA policy and compliance issues


  • Terry Rivasplata

    Terry Rivasplata

    Technical DirectorICF International

    Terry Rivasplata, a Senior Environmental Planner with ICF International, specializes in preparing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents for projects ranging from schools to general plans. He teaches classes on CEQA and related topics for clients and the University of California Extension.

    He was with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research from 1985 to 1998, including a stint as the chief of both the state clearinghouse and the planning unit. He participated in drafting the 1998, 1997, and 1994 amendments to the CEQA Guidelines. He is the editor of the Environmental Assessor for the Association of Environmental Professionals and was coauthor of the 1998, 1990, and 1987 editions of General Plan Guidelines.

  • Tony Held

    Dr. Tony Held

    Technical DirectorICF International

    Dr. Tony Held is a licensed professional engineer who specializes in conducting health risk assessments and air quality analyses within the California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA) framework. He has more than 13 years of experience as an air quality and environmental professional and is the founder of the Climate Change Focus Group.

    Dr. Held has a B.S, an M.S, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. His graduate and postdoctoral research focused on the development of computer simulation software to model air quality and atmospheric dynamics, with an emphasis on particulate matter and the interrelationship between transportation activities and air quality.

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Event Details

Date: May 16, 2012
Time: 10:00AM–12:00PM (Pacific)
Presenters: Terry Rivasplata, Dr. Tony Held
Place: Webinar

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