Maneuvering “Unicorns” – Opportunities and Risks of Unprecedented Projects

June 18, 2020 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
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An ELI Public Webinar

Today’s innovators are imagining first of their kind – “unicorn” – solutions and transforming these ideas to realities to address the looming challenges presented by climate change and environmental degradation. As the effects of climate change intensify and as deadlines to meet global greenhouse gas emissions targets draw near, innovators are producing creative “unicorn” projects to meet these goals and solve the challenges of tomorrow.

From floating infrastructures that can be utilized in regions experiencing sea level rise to next generation battery technology that can unlock the full potential of renewables and electric vehicles in decarbonizing the economy to floating solar farms that can minimize land use while expanding energy generation. These first of their kind projects bring with them exciting opportunities, but also unprecedented legal nuances.

What are the best practices to follow when proposing and developing innovative projects? How can project managers identify and evaluate environmental risks? How are local, state, and federal governments incentivizing or stifling the development of cutting-edge projects? Our panelists explored these questions and the uncharted terrain of these pioneering projects.

Jillian Kirn
, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Moderator
Kerri L. Barsh, Co-Chair, Environmental Practice; Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Ryan Janda, Branch Chief, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Albert C. Lin, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law

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