April 13, 2017

Co-sponsored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School


The impacts of climate change increase the risks and costs associated with stormwater management, maintaining water quality, flooding and extreme weather events. Communities can leverage existing federal, state, and local programs in innovative ways to maximize the benefits of green infrastructure for climate change adaptation and hazard mitigation.  New York City is home to two examples of such efforts. One involves a state-local initiative to carpet public and private properties in the city with green infrastructure. The other involves the acquisition of properties in hard hit communities using hazard mitigation and disaster recovery grants. Once these properties are acquired and existing structures removed, the land must be dedicated to open space, recreational, or wetland management uses. Panelists discussed the challenges and benefits associated with these and similar programs that support to adopt nature-based approaches to climate change adaptation.

Introductory remarks:
Michael Burger, Executive Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Panelists:
Justin Gundlach
, Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law (moderator)
Dr. Patricia J. Culligan, Professor, Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Lisa Bova-Hiatt, Executive Director, Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, New York State
David Salvesen, Director, Sustainable Triangle Field Site, University of North Carolina
Alisa Valderrama, Senior Policy Analyst, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

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April 13, 2017

This program is sponsored by the Energy Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section. Cosponsored by various DC Bar sections, ABA SEER, and the Environmental Law Institute.


On January 30, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Pursuant to that order, executive agencies must identify two regulations to be repealed for every new regulation proposed. Our panel discussed the implications of this executive order and other related orders and guidance on agencies and the rulemaking process, and provided perspectives on the outlook for future rulemaking.

Speakers:
Scott Fulton
, President, Environmental Law Institute (Moderator)
David Doniger, Director, Climate & Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Susan Dudley, Director, GW Regulatory Studies Center, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University, and Past President, The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis
Alan Horowitz, Former VP of Global Safety, Health and Environment, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
Allison Orris, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, former OIRA Associate Administrator

April 13, 2017

Co-sponsored by:
The Environmental Justice Committee of the ABA's Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, the Howard Energy and Environmental Law Society (HEELS), and the Environmental Law Institute


This special program addressed the initiatives and strategies for Environmental Justice. The program also provided insight into environmental justice career opportunities and the chance to network with attorneys from law firms, the DOJ, and non-profits.

Panelists:
Scott Badenoch, Visiting Attorney, Environmental Law Institute and Vice Chair, ABA Environmental Justice Committee (moderator)
Quentin Pair, Professor, Howard University School of Law and former attorney in US DOJ's Environmental & Natural Resources Division
Patrice Simms, Associate Professor, Howard University School of Law
Sharonda Williams-Tack, Environmental Justice State Coordinator, Sierra Club
Benjamin Wilson, Chairman, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.