Margaret Badding joined the Environmental Law Institute as a Research Associate in August 2021. Margaret works on ELI’s Food Waste Initiative, which conducts research and works with stakeholders to prevent food waste, increase surplus food donation, and recycle food scraps. Margaret also works on research studying the effectiveness of California Tribal consultation laws, AB 52 and SB 18, in promoting Tribal sovereignty and well-being. In addition, she assists with ELI’s China Program, which seeks to improve environmental policy and regulation in China. Before joining ELI as a Research Associate, Margaret researched politics surrounding renewable energy and transmission construction in New York state as well as analyzed city-level GHG inventory reports and climate change policies. As a Research and Publications Intern in 2020, she contributed to several projects including ELI’s Local Government Compliance Assistance Center, Ocean Program, and Innovation Lab. Margaret grew up in upstate New York and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Philosophy Politics & Economics (PPE) and Psychology, with a minor in Environmental Studies.