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EPA and the Future of Environmental Protection

When:

April 23, 2019 - April 24, 2019

Where:

Washington, DC


Co-hosted by American University's Center for Environmental Policy and The Washington College of Law Program on Environmental and Energy Law, in cooperation with the EPA Alumni Association and the Environmental Law Institute.


Following the environmental awakening of the late 1960’s, the US Environmental Protection Agency has helped achieve remarkable environmental progress even as the U.S. population and economy have grown. The agency has led the world in setting science-based standards and promoting environmental progress through innovative policies, partnerships, and local, regional, national and international negotiations.

Environmental protection in the future, however, may require new approaches, new tools, and possibly new legal authorities.

On the eve of the Agency’s 50th anniversary, this conference considered EPA’s role in leading the nation and the world in meeting future environmental challenges.

Conference panels included:

  • Opportunities for Working with Business
  • Fostering Technologies for Environmental Protection
  • Lessons of Leadership: Navigating EPA's Future
  • Designing EPA for the Future
  • Telling the Story of Environmental Protection
  • The Evolving Relationship Between EPA and DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD)
  • White House Coordination of Federal Environmental Policymaking
  • EPA on the International Stage
  • EPA's Partnership with Cities
  • EPA's Interface with States and Tribes
  • The Promise of Regional Collaboration
  • Workshop: Next Steps for Building the EPA of the Future