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January 7, 2020 - January 9, 2020
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ELI was pleased to be a Collaborator of the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference

NCSE marked its 30th year as an organization in 2020 by mirroring the theme of their inaugural conference, Science in Environmental Decision-Making. In today’s world, where environmental challenges have grown more complex, the risks greater, and the stakes higher, the role of science in environmental decision-making remains as essential as ever. 

NCSE 2020 explored the various ways that science serves and contributes to the decision-making process, highlighting cases in which science has helped improve environmental decisions, as well as examples in which a lack of science has compromised the efficacy of decisions and policies. The Annual Conference brought together scientists, decision-makers, industry leaders, and subject-matter experts to effectively bridge the cultures of science and policymaking toward a more resilient and sustainable future and societal well-being.

Please view the detailed conference agenda/slate of speakers HERE.

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January 7, 2020 - January 9, 2020
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ELI was pleased to be a Collaborator of the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference

NCSE marked its 30th year as an organization in 2020 by mirroring the theme of their inaugural conference, Science in Environmental Decision-Making. In today’s world, where environmental challenges have grown more complex, the risks greater, and the stakes higher, the role of science in environmental decision-making remains as essential as ever. 

NCSE 2020 explored the various ways that science serves and contributes to the decision-making process, highlighting cases in which science has helped improve environmental decisions, as well as examples in which a lack of science has compromised the efficacy of decisions and policies. The Annual Conference brought together scientists, decision-makers, industry leaders, and subject-matter experts to effectively bridge the cultures of science and policymaking toward a more resilient and sustainable future and societal well-being.

Please view the detailed conference agenda/slate of speakers HERE.

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January 7, 2020 - January 9, 2020
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ELI was pleased to be a Collaborator of the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference

NCSE marked its 30th year as an organization in 2020 by mirroring the theme of their inaugural conference, Science in Environmental Decision-Making. In today’s world, where environmental challenges have grown more complex, the risks greater, and the stakes higher, the role of science in environmental decision-making remains as essential as ever. 

NCSE 2020 explored the various ways that science serves and contributes to the decision-making process, highlighting cases in which science has helped improve environmental decisions, as well as examples in which a lack of science has compromised the efficacy of decisions and policies. The Annual Conference brought together scientists, decision-makers, industry leaders, and subject-matter experts to effectively bridge the cultures of science and policymaking toward a more resilient and sustainable future and societal well-being.

Please view the detailed conference agenda/slate of speakers HERE.

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January 13, 2020
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Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.

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Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • TCI draft MOU announcement
  • The Metro Kansas City Climate Action Coalition put together a guide that identifies actions across different sectors that governments in the region can take to act on climate change and reduce carbon pollution
  • The FERC Order for PJM will have a big impact on state clean energy standards
  • CT DOEE announced that Vineyard Wind was selected to provide 14% of the stat's electricity via offshore wind power by 2025--the largest purchase of renewable energy in the state's history
  • CA unveils state's version of its own Green New Deal
  • MA electric vehicle rebate program extended at least through Dec. 2021
  • NY announces that its last coal-fired power plant could close as early as March 2020
  • Bill up for consideration in NH would require educating students on climate change and resilience
  • MD Gov. Hogan planning to submit expansion to Clean and Renewable Energy Standard on first day of new legislative session
  • New proposed NEPA regulations and their climate implications
  • New draft legislation developed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • The New York v. Exxon decision

Speakers:
James Bradbury, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

Materials:
ELI members logged on to the Members site will have access to a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.


ELI Monthly Climate Briefings are made possible by the
generous support of our institutional members.


NOTE: This call/recording is for ELI members only. No comments may be quoted
or used without the express written permission of ELI and the panelist.

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January 30, 2020
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Please join Ballard Spahr and Environmental Law Institute for our annual half-day CLE program on Thursday, January 30. Speakers will address a number of pressing topics related to the green infrastructure and energy landscapes.

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12:00 PM | Registration, Lunch, and Networking

12:50 PM | Welcome

1:00 PM | Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements for Higher Education and Businesses

Higher education institutions are entering into renewable energy power purchase arrangements at an unprecedented rate, and they are using a variety of different structures to achieve their sustainability goals. What is driving this surge in green power purchases by higher education institutions? Our panel will explore the primary drivers and discuss various structures currently being used by educational institutions. Topics for discussion include the current status of higher educational sustainability goals and implementation strategies, renewable energy project economics, and how PPAs are being arranged.

  • Ray Faricy, Partner, Ballard Spahr
  • David Armstrong, Partner, Ballard Spahr
  • Gerry DaRosa, Director, Energy Innovations at Arizona State University
  • Franc Del Fosse, Of Counsel, Ballard Spahr
  • Kevin Rackstraw, Senior Vice President, Client Solutions at CustomerFirst Renewables 

2:15 PM | Refreshment Break

2:30 PM | Keynote Address: Changing Risks and the Returns of Proactive Resilience

Local governments and businesses are learning more about climate impacts, but risks that ripple through the economy are being revealed by C2ES and other research. Resilience action is needed at all levels of government and the private-sector to address local and system-wide vulnerabilities. Green infrastructure, and related policy and technical innovations, can create safer communities, homes, and businesses, while building and supporting vibrant local economies.

  • Kristiane Huber, Resilience Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

3:00 PM | Landfills: Who Needs Them?

State laws mandating reductions in material going to landfills, and otherwise encouraging recycling and reuse, are changing the landscape of waste management and disposal across the country. Join this panel in a wide-ranging discussion of the development and financing of some 21st Century solutions to crowded landfills – and closing – landfills.

  • Lea Phillips, Associate, Ballard Spahr
  • Randy Towers, Partner, Ballard Spahr

4:15 PM | Closing Remarks followed by Cocktail Reception in Philadelphia

 

Locations:

Philadelphia (live)

Ballard Spahr
1735 Market St., 48th Floor

Baltimore (simulcast)
300 Lombard St., 18th Floor

Minneapolis (simulcast)
80 South 8th Street, Suite 2000

New York (simulcast)
1675 Broadway, 19th Floor

Salt Lake City (simulcast)
201 South Main Street, Suite 800

Washington, D.C. (simulcast)
1909 K St., NW, 12th Floor

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