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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.

Case Study: Rocky Mount, North Carolina

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment
September 2016

In this case study, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment and the Environmental Law Institute examine floodplain buyouts in Rocky Mount, North Carolina that were funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Back to list of floodplain buyout case studies Read More >

Case Study: Sayreville, New Jersey

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment
September 2016

In this case study, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment and the Environmental Law Institute examine floodplain buyouts in Sayreville, New Jersey that were funded by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Back to list of floodplain buyout case studies Read More >

Case Study: Wayne, NJ

University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment
September 2016

In this case study, the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment and the Environmental Law Institute examine floodplain buyouts funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program in Wayne, New Jersey. Back to list of floodplain buyout case studies Read More >

Clearing the Path: Citizen Science and Public Decision Making in the United States

James McElfish, John Pendergrass, Talia Fox
April 2016

This report was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) with the Commons Lab at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. It examines laws and policies that affect public decision makers’ ability to use and rely on information generated by citizen science projects. The report addresses how citizen science programs can be organized, conducted, and communicated to improve public decisions. Read More >

Addressing Indoor Air Quality in School Energy Efficiency Upgrades: Review of Selected State Policies

Environmental Law Institute
January 2016

As efforts to address climate change accelerate, government policies and programs will continue to look to energy efficiency as a powerful and cost-effective strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency upgrades can help school districts advance their educational mission by reducing energy and other operating costs. Protecting and enhancing indoor air quality also supports the core mission of schools by promoting staff and student health, productivity, and attendance. Read More >