October 15, 2018

Staying on top of the legal and policy developments in the climate change arena is no small task. As a special service to our members, the Environmental Law Institute provides a series of monthly conference calls with national experts on climate law and policy to keep you up to date and to answer your questions.


Topics addressed in this month's call:

  • Proposed 111d rule for power plants
  • BLM and EPA methane rulemakings
  • Second Circuit decision in the challenge to the zero energy credits
  • Cert denial in the HFCs case
  • Urgenda decision
  • On the heels of September's Global Climate Action Summit in California and Climate Week in NYC, what companies are likely watching this week and how it might influence corporate actions and strategies going  forward
  • IPPC report
  • Nordhaus Nobel Peace Prize
  • Exxon $1M to lobby for carbon tax
  • Hurricane Michael
  • Virginia joins the Transportation and Climate Initiative
  • California Air and Resources Board voted in late September to require that fuel producers “cut the carbon intensity of their fuels 20 percent by 2030, as part of a policy called the Low Carbon Fuel Standard”
  • The Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team, convened in response to an order issued by Governor Walker in fall 2017, delivered its recommendations for an Alaska Climate Change Policy and Action Plan in September
  • California took a variety of steps at legislative, executive, and agency levels designed to help improve the resilience of the state and its natural resources to impacts from climate change
  • NYC Pension Funds announced its plan to invest $4 billion of funds into “climate-change solutions like renewable energy and clean water over the next three years, more than doubling its current investment”
  • U.S. still on track to meet around 2/3 of its carbon-emissions goals under the Paris climate accord, according to report
  • Several states, including New York, Maryland, and Connecticut, announced their plans to “phase out super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and replace them with climate-friendlier coolants” in new refrigerators, air conditioners, and other products

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Manik Roy, Senior Fellow, DEPLOY/US [formerly, ClimateWorks Foundation]
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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October 15, 2018

This program was co-sponsored by ELI, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and the Program on Environmental and Energy Law at American University Washington College of Law

The seminal Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States report was published by the United Church of Christ (UCC) thirty-one years ago. This report catalyzed the environmental justice movement by providing documented evidence of racial discrimination in toxic waste siting. Despite the UCC report’s impact, recent studies continue to highlight the disproportionate exposure of marginalized communities to environmental issues such as air pollution and climate change.

Building on the pivotal discussions in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, Part 3 featured a discussion led by the principal co-authors of the 1987 UCC report, Charles Lee and Vernice Miller-Travis, as well as leading professors Ezra Rosser and William Snape. Moderated by Kendra Brown, these knowledgeable experts explored the progress made and the current and future challenges facing environmental justice communities. It was a dynamic evening exploring the impact of the 1987 report, the role of students in facing current environmental justice challenges, and issue areas such as native sovereignty and fossil fuel impacts on environmental justice communities.

At the conclusion of the panel, a networking reception was held to further spark conversation and discussion of the key topics at the forefront of environmental justice.

Kendra Brown, Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity, Washington College of Law, American University (Moderator)
Charles Lee, Senior Policy Advisor for Environmental Justice, U.S. EPA, and principal author, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States
Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Consultant, Skeo Solutions, and Founder, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, co-author, Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States
Ezra Rosser, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University
William J. Snape III, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University

ELI members
will have access to materials and a recording of this event (24-48 hrs after the event). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.