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Chryss Meier

Chryss Meier has over nine years of experience in both the private and public sectors specializing in rule development, rule implementation, environmental document preparation and review, criteria and greenhouse gas emissions modeling and analysis, inter-agency coordination, and public education.

Her technical expertise is in air quality analysis, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) analysis, transportation conformity analysis and indirect source review. Chrystal served as an Air Quality Specialist with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) where she was responsible for preparation and review of technical documents and analyses, including CEQA documents, rule development, and environmental law interpretation.

Additionally, she has also provided training courses on implementation of CEQA, modeling and analysis procedures. She also organized and led meetings with public agencies, interest groups, and consultants.

Chryss joined FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) in 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from California State University, Fresco. She is a member of the Association of Environmental Professionals.

Recent Posts

Biochar: Hitting a Flock of Birds with One Stone

Posted by Chryss Meier on Oct 1, 2014 10:32:00 AM


Biochar is the product you get when greenwaste is turned into charcoal. In fancier terms, biochar is produced through the thermochemical conversion of biomass in the absence of oxygen, also known as pyrolysis. People have been making charcoal for ages, so what’s new? Today, there is a better understanding of how biochar can be a cost-effective method for sequestering greenhouse gases, fertilizing agricultural fields while reducing their nitrous oxide emissions, and assisting local and regional agencies in reducing wildfire risk and its associated air quality impacts. That’s hitting a lot of birds with one stone.

The Hazards of Interpretation: Solar in the Valley

Posted by Chryss Meier on May 17, 2014 10:08:00 AM


No matter how well or how thorough a rule or regulation is written, there will invariably be instances where the rule must be interpreted for situations or circumstances that weren’t foreseen by the rule developers. At those times, it is critical to take into consideration the intent of the rule, and the history of the rule development. Without an understanding of why a rule is in place, it is easy to lose sight of where, when or how it is appropriate to exercise the regulatory authority. It’s a kind of ‘scope creep’ but for regulations.  How far can the interpretation of the rule vary from the original intent? About as far as staff at the responsible agency can apply it.

Eating it in the Climate World

Posted by Chryss Meier on Feb 11, 2014 8:55:00 AM


The drums have long been beating about climate change. Most of us have repeatedly heard the message of how every person can reduce their contribution to greenhouse gases through transportation and energy efficiency.  But as individuals, as companies, as organizations and public agencies, what more can we do than changing light bulbs and driving more fuel efficient vehicles?  What else can cause real, measurable reductions in the emissions course that the world is currently following?  One overlooked area may surprise you.  

Use of AB32 Compliance for NEPA Purposes

Posted by Chryss Meier on Sep 11, 2012 7:10:00 AM


Californians were introduced to Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) in 2006, when the California Global Warming Solutions Act was adopted.  At first, environmental practitioners scrambled to understand what this regulation meant for their projects, particularly in the realm of compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and in City and County land use planning and discretionary actions.  Six years and a myriad of opinion pieces and guidance documents later, the impact of AB 32 on a project or plan-analysis level is, if not well understood for most actions, at least navigable.