March 14, 2017 - March 16, 2017

ELI’s Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is an overview of environmental law from the top experts in the field. Boot Camp is designed primarily for attorneys and environmental managers new to environmental law, although more experienced professionals have found the course provides an efficient update as well. While the course has a strong legal focus, it is accessible to professionals other than lawyers, including corporate environmental managers, paralegals, and technical staff who would benefit from a more thorough understanding of environmental law.

ELI’s Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is led by carefully selected senior practitioners and environmental managers who provide a practical and pragmatic view of environmental law and policy issues likely to be encountered by those working in the field. Annual topics include sessions on: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, project development and NEPA, environmental liability in business, CERCLA, RCRA, criminal enforcement, environmental ethics, product regulation, and a discussion of recent developments in climate change.

For information on future Boot Camps, please go HERE.


March 15, 2017

Co-sponsored by:
The Environmental Law Institute
Farella Braun + Martell LLP
Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

With increasing pressure on greenfield development and renewable energy demand, there is heightened focus on developing smaller scale renewable energy projects located closer to the demand load.

Brownfields may provide opportunities to develop such projects to meet off-taker needs. Not only do these projects spur development of blighted or abandoned sites, they also have potential to meet local needs for renewable energy. With clear benefits, there are also potential risks to be managed:

  • Investigation and cleanup requirements
  • Timeline, cost of construction and operation
  • Governmental assistance and concerns
  • Potential private party liabilities  

Our panelists discussed the environmental and liability risks with the development of renewable energy projects on brownfields.

Ian Webster, President & Founder, Project Navigator, Ltd. (moderator)
Jon Benjamin, Partner, Farella Braun + Martel
Karen Irwin, Sustainable Local Government Lead, EPA Region 9
Mark Tholke, Chief Development Officer, Advanced Microgrid Solutions