Geneva Faulkner

Senior Environmental Planner

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  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Concentration: Land Use and Environmental Planning, University of Colorado, Denver
  • B.A., Sociology—Environmental Studies, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
  • National Environmental Policy Act/State Environmental Policy Act (NEPA/SEPA)
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Transportation Planning
  • Land Use Planning

Geneva has a decade of experience leading NEPA and SEPA analyses and environmental permitting for linear (transit, transportation, utilities), natural resource, critical areas mitigation, and land use projects. She excels at coordinating multidisciplinary teams from project design to closeout, providing expert leadership to ensure that documentation meets federal, state, and local standards, and projects are completed on time and on budget. Geneva especially enjoys managing projects that integrate biology and permitting, and finding successful solutions to permitting issues.

Examples of Geneva’s project work include the following:

  • For Washington State Department of Transportation’s State Route (SR) 509 Completion project, Geneva was Environmental Lead coordinating environmental permitting needs with the design team, technical report writers, and natural resources team. She spearheaded the permitting strategy, a Federal Highway Administration NEPA Re-Evaluation, Request for Proposal preparation, and fieldwork coordination, and managed all environmental permitting schedule and deliverables.
  • Sound Transit’s West Seattle and Ballard Link Extension includes 12 miles of new track and 14 new stations. Geneva authored the cumulative impacts analysis for the NEPA/SEPA environmental impact statement and environmental design process. Work involved analyzing past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future projects that may interact with the project alternatives. She also coordinated with segment leads and resource leads to ensure open communication and thorough analysis across resources.
  • Geneva managed a Bureau of Indian Affairs NEPA environmental assessment (EA) for a 15-acre commercial development project near the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino near Ocean Shores, WA. Work included preparing discipline reports such as the Endangered Species Act biological assessment, Socioeconomic and Environmental Justice discipline report, and Greenhouse Gas discipline report, as well as managing subconsultant discipline reports. Geneva wrote and produced the EA.
  • Geneva prepared a permit package for a culvert removal and bridge replacement project on Catherine Creek in Lake Stevens, WA. The project, by Sound Salmon Solutions, was funded by a Washington Recreation and Conservation Office grant. Work included coordinating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and preparing a Joint Aquatic Resources Permit Application package, including coordination of JARPA exhibits, cultural resources, and critical area deliverables.

“I want to recognize your outstanding knowledge of the environmental process as well as your ability to quickly integrate into the project team. Your upbeat attitude and hard work contributed to the success of our project.”
Andrey Chepel, WSDOT Deputy Project Manager of the SR 509 Completion Project