CEP In Action Elizabeth Johnson

Lead the Environmental Land Stewardship Program

Elizabeth Johnson, CEP since 2007, worked on the Environmental Land Stewardship Program (ELSP) in Orange County Florida. The ELSP applies to an area of land located in southeast Orange County which is about 33,000 acres in size, and is known as the Innovation Way Overlay. The geographical area of the area is generally bounded by State Road 417 on the west, State Road 528 on the north, the Econlockhatchee River on the east, and the Osceola County line on the south. This land area is designated primarily for rural use in the Future Land Use Element and the Future Land Use Map of the Comprehensive Plan. This means that only one house per ten acres could be built.

In 2005, Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty proposed the vision of a regional high-technology corridor linking the University of Central Florida to the Orlando International Airport.

This high technology corridor concept, vital to the economic growth of the greater Orlando metropolitan area and diversification of the region's economic and employment base, requires higher development densities and intensities than can be accomplished with the rural future land uses that were designated for the Innovation Way Overlay.

Although greater density and intensity of development is necessary to achieve the economic goals of the high technology regional corridor, there are substantial areas of ecologically important lands located within the Innovation Way Overlay, and the need for economic diversification and development must be balanced with the protection of the environment.

The vision for the Innovation Way Overlay incorporates the high technology corridor concept and includes protection of ecologically important lands. This balancing of high technology/high value economic development with environmental protection requires innovative urban form, multimodal transportation concepts and infrastructure, and sustainable development practices.

The primary purpose of the ELSP is to provide protection for the area's environmental resources while allowing opportunities for sustainable economic development.

Member Profile

Name:  Elizabeth Johnson, CEP
Title: Environmental Programs Administrator
CEP Since:  June 2007
Functional Area:  Environmental Documentation
Company: Orange County Government
Location: Orlando Florida
Expertise: Wetlands Regulations, Water Quality

On the Importance of Being a CEP

Being part of ABCEP and a CEP has provided me with professional growth opportunities that otherwise may have not been presented.


CEP In Action Donald Richardson, PhD

 Donald Richardson, CEP conducts field work at the Spanish River Restoration site.

Spanish River Dune Restoration Project

Spanish River Dune Restoration project is located in Boca Raton, Florida.  The city wanted to prune the existing vegetation to provide a view of the ocean for residents and tourists.  Aspects of the project included the removal of all exotic and nuisance vegetation from all of the view corridors along the beach.  All remediated corridors were planted with native dune species and will be maintained and monitored for FDEP for a period of five years.  Special care was taken to reduce light sources along the corridors in order to minimize sea turtle nesting along the beach. Project Partners: Laurie Milam, Principal of Florida Natives Nursery, Inc., and Vladimir Foursa, Principal of BG Katz, Inc.

Member Profile

Name: Donald Richardson, CEP
Title: President/Owner
CEP Since:  2006
Functional Area: Environmental Assessment
Company: Ecological Consultants, Inc.
Location: Tampa, Florida
Expertise: Plant Ecology, Wetland Surveys, Listed Species Surveys, Land Management, Habitat Creation

On the Importance of Being a CEP

The CEP certification allows me to provide some level of comfort to the FDOT for submital of landscape reports.  It also adds another level of certification on top of my Ph.D. for clients and agencies that require a certification entity for selected projects.  It will benefit my company as a whole during the bidding process for state and federal jobs.  It adds another layer of professionalism to my credentials


CEP In Action Bruce Hasbrouck


Leading the field crew for the Gopher Tortoise Removal Project.

Member Profile

Name: Bruce Hasbrouck, CEP
Title: Environmental Services Director
CEP Since:  2006
Functional Area:  Environmental Documentation
Company: Faller Davis & Associates, Inc.
Location: Tampa, Florida
Expertise: Wetlands, Wildlife

On the Importance of Being a CEP

Gaining recognition for achieving a high level of ethics and competency in my profession.


CEP In Action Elizabeth Ellis

On the Job - Washington Coastal Observation Surveys

Elizabeth Ellis, CEP Co-Lead the Washington Coastal Zone Management Pilot Project. She is an active volunteer and conducts surveys for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Observation Survey (COASST) in Washington State.

Washington Coastal Zone Management Pilot Project, Olympia Washington- Department of Natural Resources (DNR) participation in the Washington Coastal Zone Management Pilot project. For over a year, DNR has been participating with the State Ecology and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife agencies in a CZM pilot program. The current CZM Program for Washington state is run by Ecology and the six enforceable policies do not represent any DNR laws or statutes. The role of DNR in this pilot is to review projects, see if they are on state-owned aquatic land, provide any comments if needed, and coordinate with Ecology and  Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife if necessary through the determination of federal consistency.

Member Profile

Name:  Elizabeth (Liz) Ellis, CEP
Title: Environmental Planner
CEP Since:  2010
Functional Area:  Environmental Planning
Company: Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, Aquatic Resources Program, Policy Unit
Location: Olympia, Washington
Expertise: NEPA/SEPA, FERC, environmental permitting, natural resource management, T&E species, harbor areas

On the Importance of Being a CEP

I have worked hard to develop a combination of competitive and professional-level education and experience spanning nearly two decades working with state and federal government agencies. Becoming certified by a panel of my peers validates this effort. It is the icing on the cake.