July 24, 2018

Each summer, ELI convenes a complimentary seminar series that offers an introduction to the legal and policy foundations of environmental protection in the United States.

ELI's Summer School is a series of brown-bag lunch seminars taught by experts in their fields, introducing the audience to the major environmental statutes (including NEPA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, TSCA, RCRA, and CERCLA) and land use law. Faculty will also incorporate major regulatory and judicial updates to the laws.

Who will benefit: All are welcome. Students and emerging professionals will have unique opportunities to learn, hear updates, ask questions, and network. The series is intended for:

  • undergraduates,
  • law students and graduate students, and
  • working professionals new to or looking for a refresher course in environmental law (such as interns, summer clerks, and associates, or second-career professionals).

Law & Policy of Products Regulation

The life cycle of industrial, agricultural, and antimicrobial chemical products, especially those embedded in consumer products, has gained increasing public attention. Regulators are beginning to look at the entire product life cycle, including after the discard of a product at the end of its useful life, not just toxicity data. This course:

  • examined the regulation of chemicals that are used in industrial and consumer products, as well as pesticides, and
  • described the new governance and stewardship initiatives being considered globally by a wide variety of stakeholders to diminish the potential for adverse effects from chemicals.

Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Lynn Bergeson presentation

**See the entire Summer School 2018 schedule HERE.**

July 24, 2018

Hunton Andrews Kurth and the Environmental Law Institute hosted a complimentary summer speaker series featuring key representatives from environmental regulatory agencies. The series of informal seminars provided attendees with the opportunity to directly interact with environmental regulators and professionals in the field on the latest issues and challenges in environmental law in California and throughout the western United States.

Green Energy

Renewable energy is increasingly satisfying demand for electricity and transforming energy markets throughout the United States. Over the past five years, renewable energy projects represented more than 60% of new electric generating capacity in the United States, and renewable energy projects now provide about 18% of total electricity generation (up from 9% in 2008).  Along with reductions in the cost of solar projects, federal tax law incentives and commitments from corporations to buy renewable energy, the growth of renewable energy is being driven by state-level energy and environmental policy initiatives. Ed Burgess, Director at Strategen Consulting, led our discussion on renewable energy trends and policies and how states are integrating renewables into the grid (including innovative policies that are intended to allow states to meet a larger portion of their peak energy demand through renewable energy). At Strategen, Ed advises Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, utilities, trade associations and developers on policies and programs affecting renewable energy and battery storage.

Edward Burgess, Director, Strategen Consulting
Michael Klaus, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (moderator)

**See other sessions in the San Francisco Summer Speaker Series schedule HERE.**

July 24, 2018

This “Off the Record” luncheon program was sponsored by the Energy Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community and co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute.

Innovation in unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites represents the new wave of environmental monitoring. More sophisticated and autonomous monitoring has the potential to streamline compliance monitoring for budget-strapped agencies, generate expanded emissions data, and provide another tool for both regulated entities and other groups.

This panel tackled just some of the complex issues raised by drone and satellite monitoring, including: potentially expanded capabilities for emissions monitoring, questions regarding data quality and reliability, how information may be used by various stakeholders, and the appropriate role of new technologies in compliance monitoring.

Philip Father, CEO, Scepter, Inc.
Miles Keogh, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
Sam Sankar, Environmental Council of the States
Andrew Stewart, Sidley Austin (Moderator)
Chet Wayland, Director, Air Quality Assessment Division, US EPA

ELI Resources:
Climate Drones: A New Tool for Oil and Gas Air Emission Monitoring
, (The Environmental Forum, Jul/Aug 2017)
Drones & Environmental Monitoring (ELI Seminar, August 30, 2016)