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March 9, 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:

  • Montana Supreme Court decision rejecting necessity defense for pipeline protesters
  • En banc petition in Juliana v. US
  • Supreme Court of Ireland decision granting expedited appeal in case about constitutional rights and climate change
  • UK court decision that approval of third runway for Heathrow Airport invalid for failure to consider consistency with Paris climate pledges
  • Decision invalidating Canada's carbon tax
  • Discussion of the Senate energy bill now on the floor
  • EPA SAB review of the analysis supporting the EPA/NHTSA light-duty proposal
  • Pennsylvania releases proposed framework for RGGI participation
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston released the Resilient Houston Plan
  • Oregon Senate Republicans walked out to prevent vote on cap-and-trade bill
  • Louisiana governor issues executive orders addressing coastal resilience and climate
  • Communities in Inland Southern CA form climate adaptation collaborative
  • Update on recent climate and energy legislation in Virginia

Speakers:
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Matthew Goetz, Senior Associate & Program Manager, Georgetown Climate Center
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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March 10, 2020
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An ELI WELL (Women in Environmental Law & Leadership) seminar with reception to follow

Karen Kalish, serial social entrepreneur and former television reporter, presented an interactive seminar on how to prepare and deliver a great presentation. Karen focused on how to organize, write, and deliver dynamic, effective speeches and presentations that influence and inspire – at your place of work, in the courtroom, and when speaking to clients and prospective clients. A networking session with Karen followed the event.

About the Facilitator: Karen Kalish is the author of How to Give a Terrific Presentation, Dealing Effectively with the Media, and I’ll See You On The Radio. She is the founder of three nonprofits including Cultural Leadership, HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program, and Books and Badges in St. Louis. She received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2000.

Materials:
Public speaking handout
Karen Kalish presentation

March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
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The Environmental Law Institute is pleased to be a co-partner of the 2020 AELERT-INECE conference.


The bi-annual AELERT Conference has always been a unique opportunity for Australasian environmental law practitioners, regulators and people working with our regulated communities to come together and share experiences, knowledge and expertise. Similarly, INECE Conferences have served as an unmatched platform for the international environmental compliance and enforcement community to convene, exchange knowledge, and strengthen alliances.

For the first time, INECE and AELERT have decided to join forces to examine and push the limits of the Conference theme: Environmental Collaboration: Shaping the future of regulation, compliance and enforcement together. This collaboration will open up numerous opportunities to cooperate and build capacity across regions, jurisdictions and organisations in ways that are rarely possible for environmental regulators.

The 2020 AELERT-INECE Conference will strike a balance between technical and operational topics and broader policy and strategic discussions. It will cater to a variety of practice areas such as wildlife, biodiversity and conservation, waste, pollution, marine environment, biosecurity, climate change and much more, at all levels of government and across a range of agencies. Our objective is to learn from each other by sharing best practice and innovation as well as hearing views from countries in different stages of development.

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March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
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The Environmental Law Institute is pleased to be a co-partner of the 2020 AELERT-INECE conference.


The bi-annual AELERT Conference has always been a unique opportunity for Australasian environmental law practitioners, regulators and people working with our regulated communities to come together and share experiences, knowledge and expertise. Similarly, INECE Conferences have served as an unmatched platform for the international environmental compliance and enforcement community to convene, exchange knowledge, and strengthen alliances.

For the first time, INECE and AELERT have decided to join forces to examine and push the limits of the Conference theme: Environmental Collaboration: Shaping the future of regulation, compliance and enforcement together. This collaboration will open up numerous opportunities to cooperate and build capacity across regions, jurisdictions and organisations in ways that are rarely possible for environmental regulators.

The 2020 AELERT-INECE Conference will strike a balance between technical and operational topics and broader policy and strategic discussions. It will cater to a variety of practice areas such as wildlife, biodiversity and conservation, waste, pollution, marine environment, biosecurity, climate change and much more, at all levels of government and across a range of agencies. Our objective is to learn from each other by sharing best practice and innovation as well as hearing views from countries in different stages of development.

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March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
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The Environmental Law Institute is pleased to be a co-partner of the 2020 AELERT-INECE conference.


The bi-annual AELERT Conference has always been a unique opportunity for Australasian environmental law practitioners, regulators and people working with our regulated communities to come together and share experiences, knowledge and expertise. Similarly, INECE Conferences have served as an unmatched platform for the international environmental compliance and enforcement community to convene, exchange knowledge, and strengthen alliances.

For the first time, INECE and AELERT have decided to join forces to examine and push the limits of the Conference theme: Environmental Collaboration: Shaping the future of regulation, compliance and enforcement together. This collaboration will open up numerous opportunities to cooperate and build capacity across regions, jurisdictions and organisations in ways that are rarely possible for environmental regulators.

The 2020 AELERT-INECE Conference will strike a balance between technical and operational topics and broader policy and strategic discussions. It will cater to a variety of practice areas such as wildlife, biodiversity and conservation, waste, pollution, marine environment, biosecurity, climate change and much more, at all levels of government and across a range of agencies. Our objective is to learn from each other by sharing best practice and innovation as well as hearing views from countries in different stages of development.

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March 10, 2020 - March 13, 2020
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The Environmental Law Institute is pleased to be a co-partner of the 2020 AELERT-INECE conference.


The bi-annual AELERT Conference has always been a unique opportunity for Australasian environmental law practitioners, regulators and people working with our regulated communities to come together and share experiences, knowledge and expertise. Similarly, INECE Conferences have served as an unmatched platform for the international environmental compliance and enforcement community to convene, exchange knowledge, and strengthen alliances.

For the first time, INECE and AELERT have decided to join forces to examine and push the limits of the Conference theme: Environmental Collaboration: Shaping the future of regulation, compliance and enforcement together. This collaboration will open up numerous opportunities to cooperate and build capacity across regions, jurisdictions and organisations in ways that are rarely possible for environmental regulators.

The 2020 AELERT-INECE Conference will strike a balance between technical and operational topics and broader policy and strategic discussions. It will cater to a variety of practice areas such as wildlife, biodiversity and conservation, waste, pollution, marine environment, biosecurity, climate change and much more, at all levels of government and across a range of agencies. Our objective is to learn from each other by sharing best practice and innovation as well as hearing views from countries in different stages of development.

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March 17, 2020
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An ELI Member Webinar

Section 401 certification and permit conditioning under the Clean Water Act (CWA) is one of the most significant tools for states to influence federally permitted activities involving discharges into navigable waters, and it is not subject to review by the federal permitting authority. However, states are required to set any conditions on the permit within one year or else they forgo their ability to add conditions to these permits.

In practice, this one-year review is difficult for states to meet. This has led to a common practice known as “withdraw and resubmit” in which states could reset the clock for the one-year review period by requesting an applicant to refile. That is, until the Supreme Court denied review of the case after the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit unanimously struck down this practice in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC. Now states have one calendar year to issue their water quality certifications and decide if any conditions should be included.

Who will benefit most from the Hoopa decision, and who will bear its costs? How might this ruling restrict the authority of the states to influence federally permitted activities through permit conditioning? What actions are states taking to meet this one-year requirement? Our panelists explored the ramifications of the Hoopa decision on the states and Section 401 permit applicants.

Panelists:
James M. McElfish, Director of Sustainable Use of Land Program and Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Rick Glick, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Sharon White, Of Counsel, Van Ness Feldman, LLP

Resources:
Water Act Rule Poses Challenges for States (ELI Vibrant Environment Blog, Jan. 27, 2020, Kihslinger/McElfish)

Materials:
ELI members will have access to materials/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.

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March 18, 2020
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Presented by the Energy Bar Association of D.C. and Co-sponsored by ELI


The Compliance and Enforcement Committee of the Energy Bar Association presents the 2020 Enforcers and Defenders Forum at The George Washington University Law School. The Defenders panel will address the development and implementation of internal compliance and monitoring programs designed to ensure compliance with regulatory and company standards, with a focus on internal detection techniques and mechanisms, and will include representatives from Calpine, the Intercontinental Exchange, and Tenaska.  The Forum also will present its popular Enforcers Panel with key representatives from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and ReliabilityFirst Corporation, addressing relevant enforcement and compliance issues for 2019 and other timely topics.

1:30 PM -  2:00 PM: Registration

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Panels 1 and 2

Defenders Panel (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

  • Donna Byrne, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Mike Spafford, Partner, Litigation Department, Paul Hastings
  • Sandra Rizzo, Partner, Arnold & Porter
  • Juliana Brint (Moderator), Associate, Energy Regulation and Litigation, Skadden

Enforcers Panel (3:15 – 4:30 PM)

  • Larry Parkinson, Director, FERC Enforcement
  • Paul Hayeck, Deputy Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • James Pates, Assistant Chief Counsel, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • James McGrane, Senior Counsel, North American Electric Reliability Corporation
  • Karen Bruni (Moderator), Associate, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM:  Networking Reception

 

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March 24, 2020 - March 26, 2020
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ELI’s Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is an overview of environmental law from the top experts in the field. Boot Camp is designed primarily for attorneys and environmental managers new to environmental law, although more experienced professionals have found the course provides an efficient update as well. While the course has a strong legal focus, it is accessible to professionals other than lawyers, including corporate environmental managers, paralegals, and technical staff who would benefit from a more thorough understanding of environmental law.

ELI’s Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is led by carefully selected senior practitioners and environmental managers who provide a practical and pragmatic view of environmental law and policy issues likely to be encountered by those working in the field. Annual topics include sessions on: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, project development and NEPA, environmental liability in business, CERCLA, RCRA, criminal enforcement, environmental ethics, product regulation, and a discussion of recent developments in climate change.

For information on future Boot Camps, please go HERE.


 

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March 24, 2020 - March 26, 2020
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ELI’s Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is an overview of environmental law from the top experts in the field. Boot Camp is designed primarily for attorneys and environmental managers new to environmental law, although more experienced professionals have found the course provides an efficient update as well. While the course has a strong legal focus, it is accessible to professionals other than lawyers, including corporate environmental managers, paralegals, and technical staff who would benefit from a more thorough understanding of environmental law.

ELI’s Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is led by carefully selected senior practitioners and environmental managers who provide a practical and pragmatic view of environmental law and policy issues likely to be encountered by those working in the field. Annual topics include sessions on: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, project development and NEPA, environmental liability in business, CERCLA, RCRA, criminal enforcement, environmental ethics, product regulation, and a discussion of recent developments in climate change.

For information on future Boot Camps, please go HERE.


 

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March 24, 2020 - March 26, 2020
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ELI’s Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is an overview of environmental law from the top experts in the field. Boot Camp is designed primarily for attorneys and environmental managers new to environmental law, although more experienced professionals have found the course provides an efficient update as well. While the course has a strong legal focus, it is accessible to professionals other than lawyers, including corporate environmental managers, paralegals, and technical staff who would benefit from a more thorough understanding of environmental law.

ELI’s Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is led by carefully selected senior practitioners and environmental managers who provide a practical and pragmatic view of environmental law and policy issues likely to be encountered by those working in the field. Annual topics include sessions on: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, project development and NEPA, environmental liability in business, CERCLA, RCRA, criminal enforcement, environmental ethics, product regulation, and a discussion of recent developments in climate change.

For information on future Boot Camps, please go HERE.


 

March 26, 2020
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Presented by the Energy and Environmental Law Forum of the Women's Bar Association of D.C. and Co-sponsored by ELI, Clean Energy Leadership Institute, WGR Energy, Environment & Agriculture Task Force, and DC Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community


Join us for an impressive panel of women experts and entrepreneurs in renewable energy. Our panelists will discuss how they forged their careers, including how they have overcome barriers in securing funding, building partnerships and educating stakeholders about clean energy technologies. Learn more about the burgeoning opportunities in this dynamic field, how you can pursue a renewable energy career, and about coming trends in the clean energy sector.

Panelists:
Hilary Jacobs, Associate, Beveridge & Diamond (moderator)
Susan Hamm, Director, Geothermal Technology Office
Smita Chandra Thomas, Principal, Energy Shrink, LLC
Maria Vargas, Deputy Director, Solar Technologies Office

March 26, 2020
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Presented by the Energy and Environmental Law Forum of the Women's Bar Association of D.C.


Careers in Clean Energy are Hot! Join us for an exciting teleconference, to hear all about existing and coming career opportunities in clean and renewable energy! Call in to hear two experts, clean energy coaches share their tips about entering or transitioning into this career area!

This is part of WBA’s 2-part program series to explore and share about careers in clean and renewable energy, to help you explore the possibilities in this burgeoning area.

Climate adaptation and resilience stand out as rapidly emerging areas of employment as a result of climate change impacts. Along with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency, there will be a host of job and career opportunities in this growing area in the coming years!

After calling into this teleconference program, be sure to watch for our upcoming, in-person program, “Women Experts and Entrepreneurs in Renewable Energy Tell All!” At that program, you’ll network with top experts in this exciting area, in person. More details and a special reduced price to bring a friend option will be offered for this upcoming program!

Featuring:
Beth Offenbacker, Founder and CEO, Waterford, Inc
Catherine McLean, Founder and CEO, Dylan Green

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March 30, 2020
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ELI Member Breaking News Event

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken much of the world’s attention having a significant negative impact on the global economy, forcing business to shut down, school closures, countries to close borders, flight cancellations and travel bans, and cultural events including conferences, sporting events, concerts and more to cancel or postpone. While the economic impact of COVID-19 is unfolding, the United Nations (UN) estimates it could cost the global economy up to $2 trillion in 2020.

However, while COVID-19 likely originated in an animal species before transferring to humans, it is only the latest novel infectious disease to transfer from animal species to humans. The emergence of new transferable diseases, known as zoonotic diseases, is increasingly likely as Earth’s climate warms and animal habitats degrade. According to the “One World, One Health” Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), preparing for the next epidemic begins with restoring ecosystems and mitigating climate change. In October 2019, WCS and the German Federal Foreign Office developed 10 principles, known as the “Berlin Principles,” to guide governments, NGOs, and the private sector in promoting human health by promoting the health of other animal species and ecosystems.

What practices can keep zoonotic diseases at bay? How are governments, NGOs and the private sector preparing for future epidemics? What are the “Berlin Principles” and how might they mitigate future epidemics? Leading experts addressed these questions, examined current information known about COVID-19, and looked ahead to the future in this Breaking News webinar.

Panelists:
Nicholas A. Robinson
, Professor of Law, Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Moderator
Claudia de Windt, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute, former Senior Specialist, Environmental Security and Justice, Organization of American States
Mary Ellen Ternes, Partner, Earth & Water Law, LLC
Dr. Chris Walzer, Executive Director of Wildlife Health, Wildlife Conservation Society

Materials:
There were no speaker materials for this event...

Supplemental Materials:
How Do We Prevent the Next Outbreak? (Robinson/Walzer, Mar. 25, 2020, Scientific American)
Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge (Ensia, Mar. 17, 2020)
The Berlin Principles on One Health, 2019

 

ELI members will have subsequent access to any materials/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.

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