NEPA Graduate Certificate Program
Rhey Solomon 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. Rhey retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2003 after 32 years of government service and is now an independent environmental consultant. Rhey served as the Deputy Director of Ecosystem Management in the Washington Office before retirement. He was responsible for oversight of the agency’s NEPA policy, training, and support. In his Forest Service career, Rhey worked at the District and Forest levels in Arizona, New Mexico and California. He worked as a hydrologist, Forest Planner, Regional Hydrologist, Regional NEPA coordinator, and in a number of different jobs prior to moving to the Washington Office. He also spent one year working as the Natural Resource Staff Assistant for a Congressman. Prior to retirement, Rhey spent his last 10 months on detail to the Council on Environmental Quality leading a team charged with modernizing the CEQ Regulations and other CEQ guidance on NEPA.
Rhey teaches environmental policy, environmental analysis, and decision-making theory at Johns-Hopkins University and is the 2002 recipient of the President’s award from the National Association of Environmental Professionals. In addition to his work with Shipley Group, Rhey runs his own consulting business providing services for environmental analysis, teambuilding, and facilitation.