The Association of Environmental Professionals is proud to offer its members a full range of services and benefits. These benefits are geared toward environmental professionals who seek to improve their skills as environmental and resource managers. AEP is dedicated to the continued improvement of the environmental profession and its members. Full benefits are described below and in our downloadable Membership Brochure.

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Membership Categories

Agency and Corporate Membership - $250

Corporate Members or Government Agencies are provided one or two “floating” full memberships, respectively. Corporate Members also receive special recognition at the annual State Conference, a 10% discount on advertising, and a highlighted listing in AEP’s statewide newsletter the Environmental Monitor. Each Chapter may provide additional recognition for Sponsor Members. The floating membership entitles individuals to attend local chapter activities, regional workshops and the State Conference at the discounted member rate.

NOTE: The agency or company takes responsibility to notify the appropriate AEP officer regarding which employee will attend a given AEP activity on behalf of the company.

Full Membership - $150

Includes all of the many services, benefits and discounts of membership. Depending on your location, you will become a member of the local chapter nearest you and receive the newsletter for that Chapter, which will list AEP activities in your area. The AEP State Board also provides outlying area support, through the Directors at Large, to keep members in touch with items of interest and to facilitate establishment of new Chapters.

Young Professionals - $70

A bridge rate for student members who graduated within 2 years of starting their careers in the environmental profession. Former student members can enjoy two consecutive years at the reduced Young Professional rate.

Emeritus Membership - $70

An Emeritus annual membership recognizes that even after retirement, environmental professionals would like to stay in the loop. If you have been a full member in the past five years, but no longer practice, you may be eligible for this discount.

Student Membership - $35

Includes all of the individual membership services and eligibility for the annual AEP Student Awards Program. Student members must be currently enrolled in 12 units or more at an accredited school. The State Conference Committee typically offers students reduced registration rates to the State Conference. In addition, AEP is an excellent resource for internship opportunities and networking with environmental professionals while seeking employment opportunities. Contact the local chapter for more information on student benefits and activities.


AEP Membership Benefits and Services

Environmental Monitor

The quarterly statewide magazine with information on top leaders in the profession, articles of interest, job opportunities and summaries of State and local chapter activities. The magazine is recognized throughout the environmental planning profession as an important resource of information.

Environmental Assessor

A pull out of environmental legislative activities for your personal library. The Environmental Assessor includes information describing the latest environmental legislation working through the State Senate and Assembly, the status of such legislation, and the position of AEP on such legislation. It also provides an update of AEP’s State Legislative Committee and its interaction with and recommendations to the State Legislature.

Local Chapter Activities

Events, services and activities sponsored by your local chapters. Local chapters are governed by the local members with guidance and assistance, as needed, from the State Board. The local chapters offer a wide range of services and activities, typically consisting of a regular newsletter, membership meetings featuring top environmental professionals discussing current environmental topics, and a chance to network with local environmental professionals from diverse backgrounds and environmental fields. Some chapters engage in educational activities based upon topical environmental issues and trends.

CEQA Handbook

Each year AEP members receive a complimentary copy of the CEQA Handbook which contains the latest versions of the CEQA statute, guidelines, and appendices from OPR. Additional hard or CD copies are available at a low price.

Annual State Conference

Your opportunity to hear leading speakers in the environmental field, brush up on your skills, network with people from around the state, and discuss major environmental issues with experts in the field.

Professional Practice Insurance Discounts

AEP members can receive a discount on general liability and professional liability insurance through AEP’s partnership with Professional Practice Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Annual CEQA Workshop

Yearly updates of existing and recently adopted CEQA laws and current court actions. AEP members receive a discount when attending the annual CEQA workshops at locations throughout the state. The format of the workshops has proven successful, providing both basic and advanced information.

Membership Certificate

A certificate, suitable for framing, sent to each new AEP member.

Legislative Activities

AEP’s voice in the Capitol. AEP has an active Legislative Committee which closely tracks and responds to proposed CEQA legislation in order to influence the pending legislation in a positive and meaningful manner. Current summaries and analysis of the bills are published regularly in the Environmental Assessor and on AEP’s website.

Regional Area Support

Ensuring representation no matter where you live. Regional Directors and State sponsored events provide service to all areas within California.

Professional Award Program

An excellent opportunity to be professionally recognized for outstanding achievements and document preparation. AEP offers an awards program, the results of which are presented at the State Conference.

AEP Continuing Education Credit

Special credit for members attending AEP workshops and other events. CEQA Workshop participants are able to count attendance toward continuing education credit requirements under AICP and MCLE.

Special Committees

The AEP Board appoints special committees to address issues of concern to its membership. Committees include Legislative, Permanent Conference, Financial Policies, Emerging Issues, Local CEQA Thresholds, Workshops, Publications, Climate Change, Awards/Professional Recognition, Membership, Student Outreach, and Website.

AEP Services Provided at a Discount

U.C. Extension Discount - Save 33% on registrations to approximately 45 one-day environmental courses offered through the U.C. Extension Program (refer to UCD Extension course catalog for more details).

Professional Practice Insurance Brokers, Inc. Discount - AEP members receive a discount on general, professional and pollution liability ... and more. See Professional Insurance.