I am currently employed as a Planning and Environmental Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). I have a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College and a master’s degree in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University.
In my role, I provide guidance and technical assistance to Division staff and state Department of Transportation and MPO staffs on current Federal planning requirements, policies, procedures, and guidance. This position also oversees the development of transportation planning processes, programs and products and assess the adequacy of State and/or Metropolitan Planning processes to meet Federal transportation planning requirements.
I assist PennDOT in the development of transportation projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Council of Environmental Quality Guidelines, and FHWA Directives, relating to social, economic and environmental effects of proposed projects. Environmental impacts include noise and air quality impacts, and impacts on wetlands, flood plains, wild and scenic rivers, parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, prime and unique farmlands, coastal zones, and historical/archaeological sites.
One of my favorite parts of my job is instructing workshops around the country about environmental laws and regulations and how to comply with them. I am a National Highway Institute (NHI) Certified Instructor and teaches National Environmental Policy Act and Transportation Decisionmaking and Beyond Compliance: Historic Preservation in Transportation Project Development. I have also been an instructor for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, teaching their course Section 4(f) Handbook Training for Specialists.
Here are two of the courses I instruct (I was most recently in Columbia, SC from June 14-16 teaching the NEPA course there):
You can find my more detailed resume here: Shaffer Resume 2016 for WordPress