Policy Development and Evaluation
EPA is very active in assessing emerging green building and CEQA related policies and legislative proposals. With climate change and greenhouse gas analysis infusing CEQA with new legal requirements and for which guidelines or standards are still evolving, the issue poses a challenge to all stakeholders in the CEQA process. The CEQA Guidelines are required to provide mitigation standards by 2009 under SB 97, but the treatment of how to address greenhouse gas emissions in project level CEQA documents is open to debate. Similarly, green building standards, including several proposed State bills to mandate LEED and/or other green standards for both public and private projects, continue to be proposed and adopted throughout California and the country, including the City of Los Angeles, whose green building policy for private projects became effective in 2008. These developments present an opportunity to explore the relationship between LEED and CEQA, for which climate change is just a starting point. EPA has been very active in evaluating legislation and local policy, and advocating for better integration of LEED with the CEQA process. As such, the resources of EPA are available to our clients to ensure that they are fully informed of the latest and emerging policy developments throughout the course of a project.