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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.

Building on the Blueprint: How Virginia's Communities Are Implementing Sustainable Development

Suellen T. Keiner & Nancy Golubiewski, Environmental Law Institute
December 1995

This report now provides a follow-up to the Blueprint and reviews the status of various community efforts throughout the Commonwealth to protect natural resources and enhance both economic health and quality of life. Unfortunately, the Virginia Task Force on Sustainable Development concluded its deliberations without making any recommendations about how the Commonwealth can implement sustainable development. Nevertheless, a number of sustainability projects are already under way in Virginia. Read More >

ELI Research Brief #5 - Turning Points: The Development-Environment Relationship

Anne S. Forrest, Environmental Law Institute
December 1995

Can countries outgrow their environmental problems? Some policy makers believe development may help a country`s environment, contrary to conventional wisdom. Pollution may increase at first, they say, but eventually a society will become rich enough to invest in control measures and there will be a "turning point," leading to a drop. But ELI`s Turning Points declares that it is not yet possible to tell whether countries may be able to outgrow their problems. Read More >

Environmental Technology Verification: A Study of Stakeholders Attitudes

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1995

This report analyzes stakeholder attitudes about key issues concerning the verification of innovative environmental technologies, addressing such questions as: Would verification make a difference in the purchase of innovative environmental technology by technologies purchasers and users? Would verification make a difference in the approval of innovative environmental technologies by state and federal permit reviewers and regulators? This study includes a review of verification models as well as policy recommendations based on the results of the stakeholder survey. Read More >

Indiana's Biological Diversity: Strategies and Tools for Conservation

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1995

Public and private development and management decisions can -- and have -- resulted in losses and degradation of Indiana`s biological diversity. Sometimes these losses occur because of a lack of knowledge about the many opportunities that exist in Indiana for conservation and restoration activities. Many individuals, companies, institutions, and government agencies could contribute to protecting biological diversity if they recognized its economic value and social benefits. This publication identifies Indiana laws, policies, and institutions that affect the state`s biological diversity. Read More >

Integrating Public Participation into the Environmental Protection Process

Inter-American Center for Environmental Policy, Fundacion Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, Environmental Law Institute
October 1995