Louisiana Environmental
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P. O. Box 8071
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Brief History

The idea of a Louisiana Environmental Professionals Association (LEPA) was conceived in 1975. The articles of incorporation and by-laws were finally prepared in 1976, and the new organization was incorporated in March 1977. The original membership was gleaned primarily from the immediate associates of the incorporators; however, in just one month, the membership grew to include persons employed by Federal, state and local agencies, universities, industry, and consulting firms.

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Purposes

The purposes of the Louisiana Environmental Professionals Association include the following: to unite the professional disciplines in Louisiana which are engaged in the preparation of environmental assessments, impact statements, and studies. to encourage the performance of research for the benefit of the public and concerned professionals in all fields related to environmental studies to optimize the environmental balance.

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Membership

Membership in the association is classified as follows:


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Membership Dues

Membership dues are as follows:

Membership dues entitle the member to receive the quarterly LEPA Newsletter, the LEPA Directory, and the LEPA Journal (The Louisiana Environmental Professional) in the year that the dues are paid.

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Certification

Certification as a Certified Environmental Professional in the State of Louisiana (CEPL designation) was established as a voluntary procedure to encourage and maintain the highest degree of professional and ethical conduct among qualified Environmental Professionals. To become certified, a LEPA member in good standing must subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the Louisiana Environmental Professionals Association and satisfy the various criteria established for education, training, and experience.

The purpose of the LEPA voluntary certification procedure is to encourage and maintain the highest degree of professional and ethical conduct among qualified Environmental Professionals, who are members of the Louisiana Environmental Professionals Association.

To be considered for designation as a Certified Environmental Professional, an applicant must (1) be a member in good standing of the Louisiana Environmental Professionals Association, (2) subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the Louisiana Environmental Professionals, (3) satisfy one of the following alternative criteria of training and experience by (a) holding a conferred Ph.D. or an equivalent degree such as the Sc.D. in one or more appropriate fields of the environmental disciplines from an accredited institution and a minimum of one year qualifying experience or (b) holding a conferred master's degree in one or more appropriate fields of the environmental disciplines from an accredited institution and have a minimum of two years' qualifying experience or (c) holding a conferred bachelor's degree in one or more appropriate fields of the environmental disciplines and have a minimum of three years' qualifying experience, (4) submit the following documentation to include (a) application form and (b) current r‚sum‚ and transcripts or lists of appropriate courses taken by the applicant and (d) three questionnaires answered by current or former professors or supervisors or colleagues, who have known you for a minimum of two years (preferably all questionnaires should not come from colleagues at the same firm or institution), and (5) submit representative publications or written documentation which attests to your knowledge of an environmental discipline as it relates to environmental analysis.

If you are interested in applying for certification, you can receive a packet containing further directions and the necessary application forms by sending a written request and the $10.00 certification fee to LEPA Certification, P.O. Box 8071, Metairie, LA 70011. This fee covers postage and printing costs for both application and certificate and will be paid only once. Certificates awarded at general membership meetings are framed. Only LEPA members in good standing (membership dues not in arrears) are eligible for certification.

The designation CEPL indicates that the member is Certified as an Environmental Professional in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Environmental Professionals Association. All certified LEPA members are identified as such in the annual Membership Directory.


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Meetings

Meetings of the general membership are held quarterly in February, May, August, and November.

For further information, write:
LEPA
P.O. Box 8071
Metairie, LA 70011

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