The Environmental Governance Programs work to develop inventive approaches to new or entrenched environmental problems and changing technologies and economies. The term “governance” includes the range of legal and other tools employed in both the private and public sectors to foster environmental protection.
Governance tools include, for example, not only traditional regulations, but environmental assessments, information disclosure, market mechanisms, economic incentives, and public policies and programs that promote voluntary stewardship.
ELI’s Environmental Governance Programs operate at the international, federal, state and local levels. Key objectives are to:
- Develop and foster innovative government and business approaches to environmental protection.
- Safeguard and strengthen the safety net of federal environmental law.
- Introduce policymakers and practitioners to innovative ideas from academia.
- Educate judges about the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws.
- Develop effective environmental, health, and safety governance structures for new technologies.
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The report Subsidies with Responsibilities: Placing Stewardship and Disclosure Conditions on Government Payments to Large-Scale Commodity Crop Operations recommends that large-scale commodity crop operations that opt to receive any form of federal farm subsidy, including subsidized crop insurance, be assigned responsibility for: putting in place basic measures to reduce water pollution from fertilizer runoff; and disclosing information to the public about the quantity, type, and timing of fertilizers they apply. Runoff from the production of major commodity crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat can contribute significantly to downstream water pollution. Many farming operations already implement stewardship measures, yet nutrient pollution remains a significant national problem.