Farming, Career Advice, and Poetry with Ron Deverman


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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick!

On today’s episode, we talk with Ron Deverman, NAEP Fellow, and Vice-President and National Environmental Planning Leader for STV, a national planning, engineering, and architecture firm about Farming, Career Advice, and Poetry. Read his full bio below.

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1:14 Shout out

2:34 Nic and Laura talk about travel in the time of covid

9:19 Interview with Ron Deverman starts

11:37 Ron talks about Farming

27:54 Field notes segment

30:39 Ron's career advice

34:29 Ron discusses poetry

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Full Guest Bio:

Ron is Vice-President and National Environmental Planning Leader for STV, a national planning, engineering, and architecture firm. Ron has over 35-years-experience managing NEPA environmental impact assessment projects for transportation infrastructure improvements, such as transit, passenger and freight rail, highways, and bridges, with special expertise in community impact assessment, cumulative effects analysis, and other federal environmental regulations. Ron is a Past President of NAEP and IAEP and he is the current Chair of NAEP’s Leadership Development Initiative. Ron is a Certified Environmental Professional by Eminence and a NAEP Fellow for his exemplary service and over 30-year commitment to NAEP and the environmental professions. Ron is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University teaching a Masters’ course in NEPA and Context Sensitive Solutions.

He is a published poet and has spoken nationally and internationally on many subjects, including key competencies for environmental professionals, environmental stewardship, and the public health impacts and benefits of our transportation choices. Ron comes from generations of farmers in Illinois’ heartland and farmed for a living while attending college. Ron’s education includes a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana, a MA in English from the University of Illinois in Springfield, and post-graduate studies in NEPA and related environmental studies.

Music Credits

Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa

Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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