Andrée A DuVarney
NEPA Graduate Certificate Program
Andrée A. DuVarney is an Adjunct Instructor for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Graduate Certificate Program in the Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University and a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in their Master of Environmental Science and Policy Program. She specializes in environmental policymaking, policy analysis, environmental impact assessment, and decision methods.
Andrée retired in 2018 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with over 30 years of experience, 20 of which were providing national-level agency leadership implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other environmental requirements. During her time with the federal government, Andrée also served for a year as a Legislative Fellow for a U.S Senator addressing agriculture, public lands and natural resource issues. As the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Environmental Coordinator, Andrée developed national environmental compliance policies and procedures, developed and delivered training in workshop settings, classroom settings and through online webinars, and assisted NRCS personnel in resolving NEPA and other environmental compliance issues. She led development of the first NRCS National Environmental Compliance Handbook and gained Agency leadership and White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) support for an innovative and ultimately successful strategy to implement NEPA for NRCS Farm Bill conservation programs. She wrote multiple NRCS national programmatic environmental assessments and reviewed and commented on NRCS field-prepared NEPA documents. She served as the NRCS liaison to CEQ, and served as a member of multiple interagency CEQ workgroups to improve the NEPA process and subsequently was invited to serve on a number of details to CEQ. Andrée worked extensively on NEPA issues across agency lines, represented NRCS on USDA workgroups to streamline infrastructure project permitting and to support Administration efforts toward “One Federal Decision.” She provided USDA environmental compliance leadership for formulation of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council established pursuant to the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act). Andrée provided persuasive input to new Council regulations implementing NEPA that resulted in maximizing NEPA efficiency through the use of programmatic approaches and protecting the privacy of the private individuals USDA serves.
Andrée also helped develop interagency NEPA documents supporting the expenditure of funds recovered under the Oil Pollution Act as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. While working for another USDA agency, Andrée provided USDA-wide leadership with USDA and Department of Justice attorneys to resolve the first major case involving ESA Section 7(a)(1), which requires federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or National Marine Fisheries Service, to use their authorities to carry out programs for the conservation of threatened and endangered species.
Andrée has a law degree from George Mason University, a Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree from Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. She is also a member of the Virginia Bar.