Who/What Is AEP?

The California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) was founded in 1974 as non-profit association of public and private sector professionals with a common interest in serving the principles underlying the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).   The specific and primary purposes of the association are to establish and operate a professional association of persons involved in and committed to improving the processing and implementation of environmental assessment, analysis, public disclosure, and reporting. 

AEP Membership:

  • Over 1,700 members statewide with expertise in environmental sciences, archeology and paleontology, land use planning, transportation, engineering, environmental law, and other disciplines integral to the environmental review process;
  • Expertise in the implementation of California’s most important environmental protection laws, including CEQA, the California Endangered Species Act, the Natural Communities Conservation Planning Act, the Planning and Zoning Law, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Global Warming, and others;

AEP serves the public interest by:

  • Improving communication among environmental planning professionals;
  • Advancing the science and art of the environmental planning, analysis and evaluation
  • Supporting research and education beneficial to the public interest in environmental management and planning;
  • Enhancing, maintaining and protecting the quality of the natural and human environments;
  • Promoting the ethical conduct of environmental professionals.

AEP chapters:

There are nine regional AEP chapters covering the following regions:

  • Channel Counties
  • Inland Empire
  • Los Angeles County
  • Monterey Bay Area
  • Orange County
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Superior
  • Central