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Kevin Shannon

Kevin Shannon Even after 25 years of planning and environmental analysis, Kevin Shannon hasn't slowed down in doing his work in environmental planning.

Holding a bachelor's degree in Economic Geography in California State University, Northridge, and a Certified Green Building Professional for Build it Green, he has managed projects for public agencies and private environmental planning consulting firms in central and southern California. Kevin's many areas of expertise consist of municipal land use planning/zoning including policy analysis, environmental documentation, solid waste planning and entitlement, surface mining entitlement, transit planning, and demographic studies.

His other certifications include:

  • Transit Planning - Institute of Transit Operations and Planning
  • Solid Waste Transfer Station Design - Solid Waste Association of America
  • Supervision and Leadership - College of Sequoias
  • Administrative Management - University of California, Irvine

Recent Posts

Greyfield Site Development and Environmental Assessments

Posted by Kevin Shannon on Sep 25, 2013 9:59:00 AM


My previous blog explored the path from converting a brownfield site to sustainable development and detailed a brief action plan. In this blog we discuss another type of site: the greyfield site. The term originates from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and refers to an urban development with the following general characteristics:

Brownfield to Sustainable Development: An Action Plan

Posted by Kevin Shannon on Jul 11, 2013 8:14:00 AM


Famous American humorist and writer Mark Twain was quoted saying “buy land - they’re not making it anymore.”  Will Rogers, the American actor and writer from the 1930s, also voiced this sentiment and actually did buy land. If these two were right, then preparing brownfield land, or sites, for future development must be a good idea.

Environmental Compliance and Risk Registers

Posted by Kevin Shannon on May 7, 2013 6:00:00 AM


In my last blog we discussed the importance of sustainability reporting to reduce business risk and included a discussion of the three fundamental risk varieties: known risks, unknown risks, and unknown unknown risks.  As recommended in the last blog, this blog continues the risk theme by introducing the risk register.  The Project Management Institute describes a risk register:

Environmental Compliance Reporting Reduces Business Risk

Posted by Kevin Shannon on Mar 7, 2013 9:00:00 AM


Business risks come in three varieties: known risks, unknown risks, and unknown unknown risks. The latter two present the greater challenge to identify. Unknown risks are those not readily or typically linked with a particular industry or project type but become revealed through a deliberate identification process. The third variety is elusive by nature. An example of this was the Icelandic volcano eruptions in 2010 that disrupted air cargo transport between Europe and Asia causing supply chain disruptions and manufacturing plants to temporarily shutdown. This was an unknown unknown risk.

The Golden State Goes CalGreen: Lighting Energy Efficiency Solutions

Posted by Kevin Shannon on Jan 31, 2013 7:00:00 AM


CSR Reporting Solutions in Regulated Industries

Posted by Kevin Shannon on Nov 27, 2012 11:26:00 AM


Within the recent past, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become increasingly topical, breaking the perception that it considers only philanthropy.  Now, CSR is fundamentally about how companies integrate philanthropy along with their core business practices, and public policy dialogue, as reported in a Harvard Kennedy School article.  Moreover, according to an article in the Journal of Business Ethics, CSR presents the following four dimensions: 

Construction Material Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Impacts

Posted by Kevin Shannon on Sep 6, 2012 7:53:00 AM


Life Cycle Assessment is not about how well one performs on an exercise bicycle but instead endeavors to characterize the environmental impacts of a product or service throughout its life cycle starting with obtaining raw materials and ending with disposal.  Originally concerned with energy analysis, over the last three decades Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has evolved into a distinct field incorporating comprehensive scientific-based inventory and evaluation techniques that holistically measures the environmental impacts of producing a product or service within the following sequential stages: