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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.

Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Pol

Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy

The Environmental Law Institute and The Children’s Environmental Health Network
January 2015

Reducing Environmental Exposures in Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy examines state policies across the U.S. that address environmental health in licensed child care facilities. The report focuses on several key indoor environmental exposures, including environmental tobacco smoke, radon, carbon monoxide, mold, ventilation, pesticides, lead-based paint, and asbestos. Each chapter provides an overview of state laws and regulations and highlights examples of notable programs and policies. Read More >

Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Nigeria: Recommendations to Address Mercury and Lead Exposure

Environmental Law Institute
November 2014

This assessment examines the legal and policy challenges underpinning the informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector in Nigeria. The assessment presents legal, institutional, and financial recommendations designed to improve long-term health and environmental outcomes from the ASGM process. These recommendations are intended to accelerate the formalization of artisanal miners in order to encourage the development and dissemination of best mining practices. Read More >

Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Nigeria: Recommendations to Address Mercury and Lead Exposure - Executive Summary

Environmental Law Insitute
November 2014

This executive summary introduces ELI’s assessment of legal and policy challenges underpinning the informal artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector in Nigeria. The assessment presents legal, institutional, and financial recommendations designed to improve long-term health and environmental outcomes from the ASGM process. These recommendations are intended to accelerate the formalization of artisanal miners in order to encourage the development and dissemination of best mining practices. Read More >

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 >