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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.

School Indoor Air Quality: State Policy Strategies for Maintaining Healthy Learning Environments

Tobie Bernstein
August 2009

The quality of the air inside our nation’s 125,000 schoolhouses is important not only to the physical health and well-being of students and staff, but also to the core mission of our schools — educational excellence and academic achievement. This report discusses how state policy can ensure that all K-12 schools address basic IAQ issues as part of their ongoing operations and maintenance activities. The report examines leading state policy models and identifies key considerations for developing an effective policy. Read More >

The Next Generation of Mitigation: Executive Summary

The Next Generation of Mitigation: Executive Summary

Jessica B. Wilkinson, James M. McElfish, Jr., and Rebecca Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute; Robert Bendick and Bruce A. McKenney, The Nature Conservancy
August 2009

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The Next Generation of Mitigation: Linking Current and Future Mitigation Program

The Next Generation of Mitigation: Linking Current and Future Mitigation Programs with State Wildlife Action Plans and Other State and Regional Plans

Jessica B. Wilkinson, James M. McElfish, Jr., and Rebecca Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute; Robert Bendick and Bruce A. McKenney, The Nature Conservancy
August 2009

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Establishing a Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment Framework for the Mekong River Basin

ELI Research staff
July 2009

This report assesses how further development of the Draft TbEIA Framework may be informed by recommended best practices in the field of TbEIA. It also analyzes how the Draft TbEIA Framework relates to the national EIA legislation and/or administrative requirements of the MRC member countries. Section II of this report outlines TbEIA recommended best practices, based on a survey of lessons learned from international, regional, and international financial institution practice. Read More >

New Tools for Responsible Shipping in the Great Lakes: Using Financial Responsib

New Tools for Responsible Shipping in the Great Lakes: Using Financial Responsibility Policies to Prevent Ballast-Borne Biological Pollution

Read D. Porter and Jordan Diamond
July 2009

This white paper identifying financial responsibility tools that could be used to protect the Great Lakes economy and environment from biological pollution introduced in ballast water. The white paper introduces the legal framework governing ballast water discharge, discusses liability for discharge of untreated ballast water, and illustrates how financial responsibility mechanisms can be applied to address the potential liabilities and environmental damage arising from ballast water discharge. Read More >