By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

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. This shift towards innovative project delivery brings new challenges for advancing P3 projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other federal environmental laws.

Eric Beightel

From planning to procurement, conceptual engineering to final design, the intersection of P3s and NEPA is becoming more common and more complex. The May 9 webinar, which begins at 2 p.m. Eastern, will summarize federal environmental review requirements for transportation projects and how those requirements influence P3s, providing participants with a basic understanding of this emerging issue.

Eric Beightel, vice president at ARTBA member firm WSP, is the featured speaker. He 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.

ARTBA Vice President, Regulatory & Legal Issues Nick Goldstein will moderate the webinar, which is co-sponsored by ARTBA and Young Professionals in Infrastructure (YPI). An interactive question-and-answer period will follow his presentation. The webinar is free but requires advance registration.