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October 4, 2021
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An ELI Public Webinar

ELI and leading environmental law scholars will present the Annual Environmental Law Institute Supreme Court Review, on the “First Monday of October,” when the Supreme Court is to formally close the October Term 2020 and begin the October Term 2021.

Leading experts in environmental law, these panelists will offer an overview of key rulings and major take-aways from the Court’s last term, focusing on decisions with significant implications for environmental law. They then will turn to cases that have been granted review or are likely to be considered by the justices in the upcoming term.

Panelists:
Carol J. Miller, Distinguished Professor, Missouri State University, Moderator
James R. May, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University Delaware School of Law
Robert Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law ProgramUniversity of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

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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October 6, 2021
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An ELI and LGEAN Co-Sponsored Public Webinar

The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) created the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) to inform the public about potentially hazardous materials in the community. In fact, two out of every three Americans live within three miles of facilities subject to the TRI, which covers over 800 individual chemicals and chemical categories. These substances often originate from manufacturing, mining and hazardous waste management sites and are known to cause significant adverse harm to the environment and human health.

Local governments use TRI data in many ways, from supporting emergency planning to informing siting and permitting decisions and aiding “fence-line” communities at risk of potential exposure. Local and tribal government owned- and operated facilities, such as waste management and locally owned utilities, may also be subject to TRI reporting requirements, and governments officials need to be informed about their obligations.

Join the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN), the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and EPA to learn more about how local and tribal governments can best use the TRI to help protect community members’ health and welfare. EPA experts will provide an overview of the TRI, explaining which local and tribal government facilities may be subject to reporting requirements and how officials can use the TRI and other EPA tools to respond to community concerns and trace chemical releases back to their sources.

Panelists:
Cynthia R. Harris
, Deputy Director of the Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Caitlin Briere, Senior Analyst, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency
Sarah Swenson, Communications Specialist, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency
Steve Witkin, Specialist – TRI Explorer, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency

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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October 12, 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:

  • Infrastructure bills
  • WildEarth Guardians v. Haalan -- Rejecting Fish and Wildlife Service determination that the Joshua Tree should not be listed under Endangered Species Act; FWS made unsupported conclusions about the ability of the trees to withstand climate change.
  • Louisiana v. Biden -- Denying Biden administration's motion to dismiss a challenge to its "pause" on new offshore and onshore oil and gas leasing.
  • Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. -- Dismissed suit by a religious order seeking damages for a pipeline that crosses their property, claiming that the pipeline burdens their exercise of religious beliefs.
  • Town of Copake v. New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting -- Dismissal of lawsuit challenging New York regulations to expedite approval of renewable energy projects as part of state's plan to fight climate change
  • Energy Policy Advocates v. Attorney General's Office -- Allowed discovery of common interest agreements among several states in connection with climate change litigation, but denied discovery of underlying communications

Speakers:
Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, and Senior Research Scholar, 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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October 13, 2021
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An ELI Public Webinar

More than 50 years ago, Franklin Kury drafted and championed an Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution. The amendment was enacted on Earth Day 1970 and ratified by Pennsylvania’s voters a year later. In the half century since then, climate change has become a paramount threat to the future of the planet. With climate change accelerating at an unprecedented rate, one question is pressing to the forefront: what role can constitutional law play in mitigating climate change?

In his book, The Constitutional Question to Save the Planet: The Right to a Healthy Environment, Franklin Kury expands upon the story of his amendment to demonstrate how its principles can be the basis for addressing climate change in the rest of the world. It calls for the federal government’s leadership to seek a national environmental rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a treaty to expand its reach to the international community.

Join the Environmental Law Institute, author Franklin Kury, and leading experts for an in-depth exploration of the impact environmental rights amendments can have on stabilizing the climate system through legal channels at the state and federal levels.

Panelists:
Senator Franklin L. Kury
, former Pennsylvania Senate, and Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Moderator
John Dernbach, Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, and Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Barry Hill, Adjunct Faculty, Vermont Law School, and Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute
Julia Olson, Executive Director & Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

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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October 15, 2021
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Nashville chef Julia Sullivan of Henrietta Red will demonstrate cooking with ingredients typically thought of as food scraps or waste.

Details: Please visit the event page for further information.

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October 19, 2021
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ELI 2021 Corporate & Policy Forum

In the age of private environmental governance, companies play a growing role in environmental management and sustainability. The ESG (environment, social, and governance) priority — the new frame for corporate sustainability thinking — has companies increasingly focused on strategies for improving their relationships with the communities in which they operate, including environmental justice (EJ) communities. Evolving corporate EJ strategies may be a valuable addition to efforts to shift the power dynamics that have contributed to the legacy of environmental injustice.

Governments at all levels, long challenged in the quest to level the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens, are reexamining how to make further progress on this important front. The role of local land use planning laws and decisions in contributing to cumulative environmental impact scenarios remains a difficult point of intersection. But new energy in the federal government to make progress on these issues, along with the intensifying efforts in the private sector, make this an important moment of opportunity for progress on this key issue.

But what makes for actions and decisions that avoid new burdens for overburdened communities or that offset or reduce existing burdens? How can corporations, governments, and community groups work together more effectively to these ends? What kinds of outreach and engagement has proven effective in involving EJ communities in environmental decisions that affect them and in engendering community support?  How can land use planners and environmental regulators work together more effectively to avoid or ameliorate pollution hotspots? What are the lessons learned by companies and governments implementing EJ policies, and how can success be replicated? Join ELI for this year’s combined Corporate & Policy Forum, featuring expert panelists exploring best practices for and lessons learned from private and public governance that can contribute to a more just environmental future.

Panelists:
Arielle V. King, Environmental Justice Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Carlos M. Brown, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Dominion Energy
Stacey Sublett Halliday, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
Dana Johnson, Director of the Federal Policy Office, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Marco K. Merrick, Acting Chief, Equity and Environmental Justice, Department of Public Works, Baltimore City
Fred Tutman, Riverkeeper & CEO, Patuxent Riverkeeper

Materials:
ELI members will have subsequent 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.

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The Environmental Law Institute's ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY will be held in person* and streaming this year on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

We are very excited to announce that this year's Environmental Achievement Award will go to Carol Browner, the longest serving EPA Administrator and a true climate champion!

The 2021 Award Dinner will take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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The Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC
Please contact Melodie DeMulling at 202-939-3808 or demulling@eli.org
if you would like to become a Star Sponsor of the 2021 Award Dinner!

*ELI is asking only vaccinated people to attend the in-person reception and dinner on October 19.


The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce that it will present its 2021 Environmental Achievement Award to Carol M. Browner in recognition of her visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career.

Carol Browner is perhaps best known for her work as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a position she held during the Clinton Administration from 1993 through 2001. But she also served as Assistant to President Obama and the first Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the U.S. federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel-efficiency standards and first-ever greenhouse gas reductions.

“As the only Administrator in history to serve two consecutive terms in a job many regard as one of the toughest jobs in all of government, Carol Browner was truly a transformational leader for EPA, with many of the environmental actions she directed remaining in place to this day,” said Scott Fulton, ELI’s President. “Her vision lead to EPA’s groundbreaking decision to treat carbon as a pollutant and set the stage for federal policy to tackle the climate crisis. Her legacy is the cleaner air, water, and lands we have today.”

During her tenure and under her direction, EPA adopted what were at the time the most stringent air pollution standards in U.S. history; set for the first time a fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. Also under her leadership, EPA issued its landmark second-hand smoke report, which forever changed the country’s relationship with tobacco. Ms. Browner started the Agency’s Brownfields Program, which helped facilitate cleanups of brownfield lands and their contaminated facilities, especially in urban areas, by empowering states, communities, and assorted stakeholders in economic development. She adopted “environmental justice” as part of EPA’s lexicon and spearheaded the effort to secure the signing of the first presidential environmental justice Executive Order. She completely reorganized and consolidated EPA’s enforcement operations to improve their strength, consistency, and efficiency.

She orchestrated EPA’s move from remote and run-down Waterside Mall to its fabulous space in the William Jefferson Clinton/Ronald Reagan complex—some of the best government office space in D.C.—lifting EPA’s profile and relative positioning in the Washington power structure. Throughout her tenure, Carol was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set science-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. A true “unicorn,” Ms. Browner was able to negotiate bipartisan agreement on key environmental policy while protecting the Agency’s resources and legal authorities from unprecedented challenges.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.

Today, Ms. Browner continues her work with environmental organizations and private-sector climate leaders. Ms. Browner serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the League of Conservation Voters.

ELI will present the 2021 Environmental Achievement Award to Carol Browner on October 19 in person at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C., and streaming virtually. Details and tickets are available at https://www.eli.org/award-dinner.

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October 21, 2021
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This conference is co-sponsored by Environmental Peacebuilding and the Environmental Law Institute.


Within the framework of the International Cooperation Project "Transformation of Deforestation in Colombia through Judicial Education," the Second Policy Dialogue will comprise a series of virtual events that will be held during October and November 2021. These events are designed to generate spaces for academic construction and dialogue between actors about the problem of deforestation in the country by exploring the role of the judiciary in the fight against deforestation.

This webinar will aim to examine the new Law 2111 that modifies the Colombian Penal Code in relation to environmental crimes. Topics of discussion will include the novelties of the Law and its implications for the protection of the environment, particularly its effect on the framework of the fight against deforestation.

For further details, see the event website.

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October 26, 2021
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An ELI Public Webinar

Studies have long demonstrated that many low-income communities, communities of color, and indigenous communities, among others, experience greater impacts from pollution than other communities. In some countries, these environmental justice concerns first became prominent over 30 years ago but responding to them has been and remains a challenge for environmental agencies. Many countries are looking for ways to fully integrate environmental justice in the development of rules, the issuance of permits, and the enforcement of environmental laws, especially as equity and human rights issues have become more prominent.

Members of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) have expressed significant interest in identifying ways that compliance and enforcement programs can produce more equitable environmental outcomes. This first webinar on Environmental Justice in Compliance and Enforcement will examine how justice concerns are arising and being addressed in several regions. It will include a brief overview of the problem of ensuring equitable enforcement of environmental laws and then include a series of questions designed to help understand how environmental justice issues are being addressed in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia.

Join ELI, INECE, and a panel of experts to explore valuable perspectives on the status of environmental justice considerations in compliance and enforcement and identify steps that can be taken to strengthen these efforts.

Panelists:
Mark Ungar
, Academic Committee, Co-Head, INECE & Professor at Graduate Center, City University of New York, Moderator
Anne Brosnan, Deputy Director (Chief Prosecutor) Legal Services, United Kingdom Environment Agency & President, European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment
Deb Hollingworth, Principal Solicitor of Environmental Justice Regulatory Standards & Enforcement, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Arielle V. King, Environmental Justice Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute
Diego Vincenzi León, Advisor, Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental (SETENA), Costa Rica
Cristobal de la Maza, Executive Director, Superintendency of the Environment (SMA), Chile & Director, Latin American Network for Environmental Enforcement and Compliance (REDLAFICA)
Loan Nguyen,  Senior Attorney, US Environmental Protection Agency
Benson Ochieng, Executive Director, Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG)

Materials:
Any materials will be posted as they are received.
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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October 27, 2021
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A D.C. Environment & Energy Associations Public Webinar co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute; D.C. Bar Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Community; and Women in Government Relations’ Task-Force on Energy, Environment, and Agriculture as part of DC Pro Bono Week

Join the D.C. Environment and Energy Associations (DCEEA) for a pro bono panel to discuss opportunities for involvement in environmental justice and climate change initiatives.

With widespread attention increasingly focused on environmental justice and climate initiatives, many are interested in exploring opportunities to get involved in grass-roots and pro bono efforts. Leading experts in these areas explore the numerous aspects of and ways to become involved in a variety of types of pro bono work, including litigation, especially those in the form of citizen suits and petitions for rulemaking; advocacy, especially through testifying before government agencies, letter writing to agencies, lobbying, etc.; and hands-on non-legal volunteer opportunities. At the conclusion of their remarks, expert panelists field questions from participants during a Q&A session. Learn about tangible ideas and opportunities for involvement in pro bono opportunities for environmental justice, climate initiatives and environmental issues more broadly.

Panelists:
To Be Announced

Materials:
Any materials will be posted as they are received.
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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October 28, 2021
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This conference is co-sponsored by Environmental Peacebuilding and the Environmental Law Institute.


Within the framework of the International Cooperation Project "Transformation of Deforestation in Colombia through Judicial Education," the Second Policy Dialogue will comprise a series of virtual events that will be held during October and November 2021. These events are designed to generate spaces for academic construction and dialogue between actors about the problem of deforestation in the country by exploring the role of the judiciary in the fight against deforestation.

The second event of this Policy Dialogue aims to present legal clinics and their role in environmental judicial processes and their importance for studying conflicts from all branches of the legal system. It is known as clinical legal training or clinical method in many countries, mainly in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, among others. This methodology allows the researcher or jurist to make an optimal transition from the dogmatic world to the legal reality, where legal problems abound and deserve a solution. The webinar will present experiences from Colombia and the US.

For further details, see the event website.

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