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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associat

Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects

The Environmental Law Institute and The Nature Conservancy.
September 2014

Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration Projects advances the use of a watershed approach in the selection, design and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation. Read More >

Big Data and Environmental Protection

Big Data and Environmental Protection: An Initial Survey of Public and Private Initiatives

Linda K. Breggin and Judith Amsalem
July 2014

Big data sets and analytics increasingly are being used by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private firms to forward environmental protection. Improving energy efficiency, promoting environmental justice, tracking climate change, and monitoring water quality are just a few of the objectives being furthered by the use of big data. This paper provides examples of the many ways big data sets and analytics are being used to achieve environmental and sustainability goals. Read More >

Getting the Boom without the Bust: Guiding Southwestern Pennsylvania through Sha

Getting the Boom Without the Bust: Guiding Southwestern Pennsylvania Through Shale Gas Development

James McElfish (Environmental Law Institute), Diana Stares (Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy & Management)
July 2014

Shale gas development has raised concerns that local governments might be entering a “boom and bust” cycle. This study examines the gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, and explores best practices to forestall or mitigate a subsequent economic downturn or “bust.” A key focus of the study is the distribution and expenditure of state impact fees assessed on the gas industry. Read More >

Navigating Shale Gas Development: A Guidebook for Local Government Officials in Pennsylvania

James McElfish (Environmental Law Institute), Diana Stares (Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy & Management)
July 2014

Shale gas development has raised concerns that local governments might be entering a “boom and bust” cycle.  ELI and the W&J Center have produced this practical guidebook for communities in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region to inform local officials and community organizations of some of their options to assure their communities receive long-term benefits from the development. Read More >

Enforcing Hazardous Wastes Rules in India: Strategies and Techniques for Achievi

Enforcing Hazardous Wastes Rules in India: Strategies and Techniques for Achieving Increased Compliance

Mahesh Menon, Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj, John Pendergrass, Teresa Chan, Valerie Pinkerton
April 2014

The handbook provides an overview of India’s hazardous waste rules and the roles of the central government and states, along with brief comparisons to the US system. It also covers planning and executing an enforcement program, as well as suggestions and case studies for dealing with some of the most pressing challenges India’s states face in enforcing the hazardous waste rules. Read More >