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January 11, 2021
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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:

  • Final Trump actions on climate
  • The shape of the new Congress
  • The Biden-Harris administration
  • The recent MOU and statement by bipartisan states and DC regarding the Transportation and Climate Initiative
  • MA’s decarbonization plan

Speakers:
James Bradbury
, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Michael Gerrard, Founder and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia Law School
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 12, 2021
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An ELI & LGEAN Public Webinar

Natural disasters can have catastrophic impacts on community air quality, even after the initial event has passed. Destruction from hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires can release massive quantities of air pollutants, including particulate matter. Recent major blazes in California spurred serious concerns about asbestos and other toxins released by the wildfires. 2017’s Hurricane Harvey triggered the release of an estimated 5.7 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, including benzene and volatile organic compounds. Critically, local and tribal governments themselves may be the source of contaminants, such as through the use of incinerators to clean up debris.

Join our panel of experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as they guide local and tribal governments on federal requirements that may be triggered during post-disaster recovery. Panelists will discuss compliance obligations focused on managing asbestos, use of emergency engines, and destruction of disaster debris through incineration, and share other resources to guide post-disaster recovery.

Panelists:
Cynthia R. Harris, Director, Tribal Programs; Deputy Director, Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programming; and Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Sara Ayres, Mechanical Engineer, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
John Cox, Physical Scientist, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Marcia Mia, Chemical Engineer, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Compliance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

For more local government compliance resources, please visit our website at lgean.net and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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January 14, 2021
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Entrepreneurs and startup companies may have a wealth of creativity, energy, and determination, but they often lack the one thing necessary to bring their ideas to fruition — capital.  As a result, some are turning to larger companies to help fund the work. How can we increase and improve collaboration between large corporations and start-ups to accelerate innovation? At this webinar, moderated by Nicole Systrom, founder of Sutro Energy Group, learn from entrepreneurs who have successfully used corporate collaboration to further their companies as well as from those in the corporate world who have helped shaped these financial arrangements. Some topics to be discussed include direct finance, joint development projects, IP negotiation, and more.

Panelists:
Nicole Systrom
, Founder, Sutro Energy Group (moderator)
Liz Ramsay Dalton, Vice President of Strategy, Powerhouse
Nikhil B. Gargeya, Partnership Manger, Activate
Brandon Middaugh, Director, Climate Innovation Fund at Microsoft Sustainability

Materials:
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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January 28, 2021
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An ELI & Coltura Co-Sponsored Public Webinar

America’s 130,000 gas stations are the country’s largest carbon spigot, bringing fossil fuels into our neighborhoods and communities, which can pollute the air, the water, and the land. Now, four emerging trends – the climate crisis, the rise of electric vehicles, the aging of underground storage tanks, and new research establishing the dangers of gas station pollution – are bringing gas stations to a crossroads.

Join the Environmental Law Institute, Coltura, and expert panelists to explore cutting-edge research examining gas stations through the lens of the climate crisis and the rise of electric vehicles. Panelists will review leading policy proposals that empower states and local governments to regulate gas stations to advance their climate goals, reduce pollution of air, soil, and groundwater, improve public health, and save taxpayers money.

Panelists:
Matthew Metz, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Coltura Moderator
Mark Dunec, Managing Director, Corporate Finance, FTI Consulting, Inc.
Janelle London, Co-Executive Director, Coltura and Executive Director, Beyond Gasoline Initiative, Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Carrington Tatum, General Assignment Reporter, MLK50
Niall Patrick Walsh, Part II Architectural Assistant, Building Design Partnership Ltd (BDP); Co-Founder, Bubble Futures Platform; and Founder, Niall Patrick Walsh - Architectural Writing Bureau

Materials:
Any materials will be posted as they are received.
ELR - The Environmental Law Reporter article
People Places Planet Podcast episode

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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