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September 13, 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 to be addressed in this month's call:

  • Montana Supreme Court ruling on potential violations of state constitution by state's pro-fossil energy policies.
  • DC Circuit decision finding FERC failed to adequately analyze climate impacts of two LNG export terminals in Texas.
  • New Jersey federal district court demand of Hoboken climate nuisance suit to state court.
  • Alaska court vacating federal approvals for mail oil development project in National Petroleum Reserve.
  • Missouri court dismissing challenge to social cost of carbon.
  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation to establish a goal for all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the State to be zero-emissions by 2035.
  • The California Energy Commission unanimously approved an update to the state’s energy code, including a first-in-the-nation energy storage mandate.
  • Pennsylvania reached another milestones toward joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
  • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that promotes offshore wind development by granting offshore wind developers authority to construct transmission infrastructure.
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a new clean energy mandate, requiring a 100% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s largest utilities by 2040.
  • New Jersey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a $16 billion plan to improve the resilience of the state’s shoreline and back bays.
  • In California, lawmakers passed legislation requiring the California Coastal Commission, a statewide coastal planning agency, to account for rising sea levels in its planning, policies, and activities.
  • EPA vehicles rulemaking.
  • State of play on climate legislation in Congress.

Speakers:
James Bradbury, Mitigation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown University Law Center
Edan Dionne, Vice President, Environmental, Energy & Chemical Management Programs, IBM
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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September 15, 2021
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An ELI and Cardno ChemRisk Co-Sponsored Public Webinar

Agrochemicals, such as pesticides and fertilizers, are widely known to have the potential to cause adverse impacts on non-target species and ecosystem services. Although agrochemicals are intended to mimize crop damages from various pests, studies have shown that other species, such as pollinators, are sensitive to these substances.

The most recognized pollinator, the honeybee, has experienced a population decline in the U.S. and other countries, and agrochemicals are likely to have played a role in this decline. To maintain ecosystem services and avoid pollinator species collapse, many argue that assessing the risks and engaging with  policymakers, corporations, NGOs, and other stakeholders in agrochemical management is essential to mitigating detrimental impacts.

Yet, key questions remain: How can industry, scientists, and government work together to accurately assess and mitigate these risks? What does risk mitigation look like in practice, and what are the leading best practices to promote the health of ecosystems and non-target species? Join the Environmental Law Institute, Cardno ChemRisk, and leading experts for an exploration of how stakeholders are assessing the risks and taking actions to mitigate the impacts of agrochemicals on pollinators.

Panelists:
Steven Bartell
, Senior Principal, Ecological and Environmental Modeling Lead, Cardno ChemRisk, Moderator
Elyssa Arnold, Regulatory Risk Assessor, Office of Pest Management Policy, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Reed Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ohio State University
Andrey Massarsky, Ph.D., Senior Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk
Daniel Schmehl, Ph.D., Scientist, Bayer CropScience LP

Materials:
ELI members 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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September 21, 2021
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An ELI Environmental Law & Finance Series Public Webinar

Environmentally conscious financiers are increasingly pursuing green ventures, especially through green bonds and stocks, social investing, and social benefit corporations. Green bonds are a type of fixed-income financial instrument that are earmarked for projects that address climate or environmental projects. First issued in 2008, green bonds have taken over as a means to invest in climate projects while reducing risk for project developers.  In 2020, $300 billion in green bonds were issued globally, and that figure is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2022.

Expert panelists will explore the regulatory process of green bonds and stocks including defining “green” conditions, issuing green bonds and stocks, and advising on corporate financing and government matters. Leading panelists will dive into best practices for advising stakeholders and clients interested in green bonds, coordinating capital markets transactions, and developing relationships with investors. Finally, expert panelists will provide examples of obstacles and opportunities for green bonds as a tool to fund climate mitigation and adaption projects.

Join ELI and leading experts for this Environmental Law and Finance Series webinar to explore the opportunities and challenges of leveraging green financial tools to combat climate change.

Panelists:
Anne-Carmene Almonord
, Associate, Arent Fox LLP, Moderator
Cait Lamberton, Alberto I. Duran President's Distinguished Professor, Professor of Marketing, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Phillip Ludvigsen, Ph.D., Senior Associate, First Environment Inc.
John Shideler, Ph.D., President, Futurepast, Inc.

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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