February 19, 2020Veronica McBeth of Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

3:00-3:30 PM EST

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We invite the transportation engineering and planning community to join us on February 19, 2020 to dialogue about an important topic through a live webinar with Kittelson Associate Planner Veronica McBeth.

In her presentation titled “Environmental (in)Justice: From Recommendations to Regulations,” Veronica will address the harm inflicted upon minorities, low-income, rural, and tribal populations through disproportionate exposure to elements in their environments that disparately impact health and quality of life. She will unpack National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Title VI regulations and how they are used in relation to environmental justice issues; the EJ 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), EPA’s strategic plan for advancing environmental justice from the years 2016-2020; and what needs to happen next.

Veronica McBeth joined us at Kittelson after a combined 14 years in the public sector, including serving as transit bureau chief of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation where she oversaw an annual budget of more than $20 million and supervised the city’s public information and engagement practice, bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure program, Charm City Circulator operations, and water taxi system.

Veronica’s interest in environmental justice grew when, as part of her role as transit bureau chief, she ran point on a collaborative National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) impact study for a potential city infrastructure project. She helped ensure that the NEPA study’s record of decision included a mitigation agreement so that local communities would receive $50 million toward improvements if a tunnel realignment went forward, impacting their neighborhoods.

In 2016, Veronica decided she wanted the legal expertise of a Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree to add to her skillset and interest in environmental justice. In 2018, the year she joined Kittelson, she graduated with a degree in environmental law from Maryland Carey Law. Now in her role at Kittelson, she uses the knowledge from her environmental law classes to help agencies factor in environmental justice when planning their projects. Veronica’s public sector experience and MSL degree position her to bring unique insights to our clients regarding land use planning and the NEPA process as applied to transportation.

We hope you can join us on February 19 to hear from Veronica on this topic!