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Industry Wants 'More Oomph' in Planned NEPA Overhaul

E&E GreenWire (by Nick Sobczyk)
May 21, 2018

The Trump administration has sought a slate of quick regulatory reforms over the past year, tweaking environmental permitting requirements everywhere from EPA to the Federal Communications Commission. But potentially the most consequential change will be a slower burn. The White House Council on Environmental Quality is seeking to update its National Environmental Policy Act regulations, a process experts expect could take over a year. . . .

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W&M Law Student Wins Writing Competition

William & Mary News
May 21, 2018

The Environmental Law Institute has chosen an article by Kristin McCarthy, a rising third-year student at William & Mary Law School, as the winner of its 2017-2018 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition, the Institute announced May 15. . . .

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Moss Landing’s Kerstin Wasson, Happy as a Scientist in Mud

Monterey Herald (by Vicky Stein)
May 16, 2018

For more than 18 years, Kerstin Wasson has plowed through mud, eelgrass, and brackish water in a quest to understand and preserve the salt marshes of the West Coast. In recognition of her many contributions to science and conservation, the Environmental Law Institute honored Wasson on May 9 at the National Wetlands Awards in Washington, DC. . . .

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Lisa Jackson wins ELI's 2018 Environmental Achievement Award for work with Apple & EPA

AppleInsider (by Roger Fingas)
May 14, 2018

A think tank, the Environmental Law Institute, is awarding Apple VP Lisa Jackson its Environmental Achievement Award both for her work at Apple and her long tenure with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she was made administrator under President Barack Obama. . . .

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Apple VP Lisa Jackson Wins 2018 Environmental Achievement Award

MacRumors (by Juli Clover)
May 14, 2018

Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson is being awarded the 2018 Environmental Award from the Environmental Law Institute "in recognition of her visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career." . . .

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Serious Games: Conservation and Community

New Security Beat (by Brittany Williams)
May 10, 2018

In preparation for the Wilson Center’s Earth Challenge 2020 initiative, the Serious Games Initiative rounded up educational games with themes of conservation and community. These games tackle issues ranging from community resilience to dystopian futures—and everything in between. While not a comprehensive list of environmental games, we hope it inspires you to check out these games and think of ideas for new ones that might use data from the upcoming Earth Challenge 2020 hackathons. . . .

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Managing the flow Class Acts-Sustainability: Law Student Tim Briscoe a Champion for River Species

The Source (by Talia Ogliore)
May 4, 2018

The Missouri River is the longest and, by some accounts, most heavily engineered river in the United States. From its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains in western Montana, it stretches for more than 2,300 miles through a massive system of dams, reservoirs and levees before emptying into the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. For Tim Briscoe, a juris doctorate degree candidate in the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri River is more than an overbuilt local waterway. . . .

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Concerns Over California Vehicle Waiver Issues

Yale Climate Connections (by Jan Ellen Spiegel)
April 27, 2018

Few following the climate issue likely were shocked when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he plans to essentially rollback the Obama administration’s more stringent climate-focused standards for motor vehicles. Less than a month after Pruitt came into office in 2017, he announced he’d be looking at them, and his and President Trump’s dismissiveness of climate change science has been well known. . . .

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'No Free Lunch' When It Comes to Coastal Resiliency

WCAI Living Lab Radio (story by Heather Goldstone & Elsa Partan)
April 16, 2018

Severe coastal flooding during storms in January and March of this year jolted Massachusetts residents and officials into an unwelcome awareness of just how vulnerable we are to rising sea levels. Last month, Governor Baker announced a 1.4 billion dollar bond bill to finance climate resilience efforts. . . .

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Many States Unprepared for Climate Change Impacts on Water Supplies

Environmental Leader (by Alyssa Danigelis)
March 23, 2018

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) released their 2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard this week, and the results around climate resiliency planning were eye-opening. Most US states have a long way to go to shore up their legal frameworks and improve requirements contributing to water conservation, efficiency, and long-term resiliency, according to the AWE and ELI. The two nonprofits released the first scorecard in 2012.

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