This webinar was broadcast on May 9.
Due to a significant backlog of infrastructure needs and uncertain funding from federal and state sources, more and more project sponsors are looking to Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to bridge the funding gap for critical infrastructure projects. With this shift towards innovative project delivery comes new challenges for advancing P3 projects through federal environmental requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental laws. From planning to procurement, conceptual engineering to final design, the intersection of P3s and NEPA is becoming more common and more complex. This webinar summarizes federal environmental review requirements for transportation projects and how those requirements influence P3s, providing participants with a basic understanding of this emerging issue followed by interactive Q&A.
Eric Beightel is a Vice-President with WSP who co-leads the company’s Environmental Policy and Process practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience working in environmental policy, much of it focused on accelerating the environmental review process for infrastructure projects. Eric is leading the State of California’s efforts to obtain NEPA Assignment from the Federal Railroad Administration for the State’s High-Speed Rail Program as well as helping to lead environmental work on the Maryland P3 program. Eric also provides strategic advice to numerous other major capital projects across the country. Prior to joining WSP, Eric served as the Senior Environmental Policy Advisor for the US Secretary of Transportation, leading USDOT’s efforts to modernize the federal environmental review process. Eric is based in Washington, DC.