September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

The Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) is a network of philanthropists, foundations, and companies working together to foster a sustainable, equitable, and thriving food system in the Chesapeake region. WRFF is proud to host the Chesapeake Food Summit and continue the regional conversation around strengthening the Chesapeake Foodshed. The event is being co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute.

The Chesapeake Food Summit is an unique opportunity for our region’s food system leaders to come together as one community to form new relationships within the food sector, share the latest innovations, and build on the great work already happening to strengthen our region’s growing food system. Unprecedented interest, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic activity are creating a regional food system that celebrates the diversity of our region’s history, resources, and people, making the safest, healthiest, and most sustainable food available to everyone.

The champions of our food economy—our region’s nonprofit leaders, community advocates, farmers, fishers, producers, distributors, retailers, chefs, funders, investors, policymakers, health professionals, educators, media, and consumers—are responsible for the great progress that we’ve made. The Summit is a forum for leaders from across the foodshed to hear their peers’ perspectives and together take the next steps to accelerate food system growth from farm to fork. The Summit will be a collaborative environment where new relationships can be built, past successes and new innovations can be profiled, and inspiration can be found in the diversity of participants and new innovations can be profiled, and inspiration can be found in the diversity of participants who share an interest in working together to nurture a better food system for all.

With a deep history as a center of food commerce in the nation’s capital, the Union Market District is renowned for launching and scaling food businesses and for creating community around diverse yet likeminded creative entrepreneurs. With Union Market at its center, it is the perfect setting to bring together thought leaders, advocates and business representatives to innovate and create new paths forward.

View the complete 2-day agenda HERE.


September 25, 2018 - September 26, 2018

This two-day meeting was convened by the Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group (Group) in cooperation with The George Washington University Law School. It was the 11th such symposium convened by the Group over its 30-year history. Other co-sponsors of Symposium 2018 included the Environmental Law Institute and The George Washington University Environmental and Energy Management Institute.

The 2018 Symposium

The first day of our program examined the progression and the diversity of natural resource liability cases in the US - via some specific case/site reviews and corresponding lessons learned. Also discussed was emergent case law with the goal of extracting those elements of successful legal, scientific and economic practice that can be further expanded into the present and future.

The second day of the Symposium heard from leaders and decision-makers and discipline experts from the Congress, Judiciary, Academia, National and State Government, Private Industry, conservation organizations and more, with special emphasis on those actions needed to result in an effective national practice, with associated implications for an effective global practice.

The Symposium brought together an outstanding set of speakers -- ranging from government policy makers -- to managers responsible for implementing corporate and government policies -- to attorneys, consultants, academics and other experts working in-the-trenches on natural resource matters. The Symposium provided a unique forum for presentation, discussion and exchange, aimed at identifying what is needed now and moving forward, to ensure a reasonable, balanced, predictable and transparent practice arena for all stakeholders while also facilitating flexibility and innovation.


The Symposium resulted in a targeted set of actions - inside and outside statutory and regulatory paradigms - and the establishment of one or more multi-stakeholder working groups to continue the work of the Symposium, namely to further develop ideas and work to effect implementation and establish and monitor metrics to measure success. It is hoped that the proceedings of the conference will be published in a suitable peer-reviewed journal as well.

Who Will Benefit from Participation

The Symposium was open to all parties and we invited participation by the wide spectrum of stakeholder groups engaged in natural resource liability, management and allied matters, such as emergency response, remediation, restoration, biodiversity, corporate environmental stewardship, sustainability and more. Symposium participants represented a variety of disciplines interfacing with the natural resource liability and restoration practice field, including law, science, economics, statistics, decision analysis, engineering and more.

This program was meant to be of interest to those with responsibilities for legal, technical, policy, public and regulatory affairs, risk management and financial issues in industrial companies; key government staff at the political appointee, managerial and on the ground levels; key congressional and executive branch members and staff; representatives of think tanks, conservation and research organizations; University professors and students; attorneys, scientists, economists and other specialists working with industry and government on natural resource liability, restoration, optimization and related issues.

Topics Included:

  • In Science We Trust (or Not): Implication for Managing Natural Resource Issues
  • Case Law Since New Bedford Harbor
  • Hazardous Waste Case/Site Review: Extracting Lessons Learned and Elements of Successful Scientific and Legal Practices
  • Oil Spills and Other Incidents Case/Site Review: Extracting Lessons Learned and Elements of Successful Scientific and Legal Practices
  • Managing Natural Resource Issues Within the Broader Corporate Structure
  • Advancing Natural Resource Policy for Better Outcomes - Regulatory Reform and Other Opportunities

See the complete agenda HERE.

September 25, 2018

Sponsored by the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community and co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute.

This year marks the Year of the Anacostia River. Even as the DC region celebrates the great strides that have been made in rehabilitating this beloved river, the occasion also calls for reflection on the choices and circumstances that led to the river's toxic past, and on the trade-offs that its renewal will bring. Our panel explored the successes and challenges of the Anacostia River cleanup; the work of citizen scientists and citizen activists, alongside government agencies, in shepherding that effort; the role of lawyers and the law in the river's fall and rise; and what is being done, and what needs to be done, to ensure that the communities that lived with the river through its worst years will benefit from its brighter future.

Haninah Levine, Esq., D.C. Bar EENR Community (Moderator)
Jim Foster, President, Anacostia Watershed Society
Kari Fulton, Community Organizer
Jeffrey Johnson, Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of the Interior
Wesley Rosenfeld, Assistant General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment