December 10, 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:

  • Discussion of the new Executive Branch report on climate impacts
  • Status of Juliana case
  • Decision halting Keystone XL Pipeline
  • Pacific Coast Federal of Fishermen's Associations suit against oil companies
  • Decision allowing litigation to proceed concerning motor vehicle standards
  • Roundup of state and city announcements on carbon mitigation, including DC's new policy
  • What's happening at the COP
  • Adaptation updates, including some positive steps and some rollbacks of climate leadership in Alaska
  • Corporate response to Poland meeting (open letter from 50 multinationals)
  • IPCC, Lancet and US Report
  • ELI's new environmental paradigm

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Climate Center, Georgetown University
Sally Fisk, Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer
Michael B. Gerrard, Professor, Columbia Law School; Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Robert Sussman, Principal, Sussman & Associates

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December 10, 2018

ELI Member Workshop

In the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King & I, Yule Brenner, as the King Mongkut of Siam, famously proclaims:  “Let it be written.  Let it be done” whenever he elects to advance his edicts. While policy makers with bold and aggressive ideas may lament that life does not imitate art, the reality is that in a democratic society there are multiple layers of rules of engagement including legislative, regulatory, state, local and community based activities that shepherd the process and govern outcome of a successful policy development initiatives. Specifically, Administrative Procedure Act (APA) provisions, environmental justice considerations and cooperative federalism principles with state partners create an obstacle course of both required and recommended actions that savvy policy makers must deftly navigate in order to achieve sustainable change. Add in the desire to provide certainty to guide long-term business decisions while providing flexibility for ever advancing technology to improve data collection and analysis and policy development becomes a multi-level game of chess. In short, successful policy development is much more than an academic or dictatorial exercise of achieving an ideal. It involves challenges of accounting for and meshing the differing opinions of stakeholder groups and identifying pragmatic ways to implement change that affects real people and businesses.

Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, Partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP, Moderator
Jackie Carney, Director, Federal Government Affairs, Exelon
Lisa Feldt, Vice President, Environmental Protection & Restoration, Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Former Director, Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, Maryland and Acting Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Shari L. Meghreblian, Ph.D., Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation
Shailesh Sahay, Senior Regulatory Counsel, POET

ELI members will have subsequent access to materials and any recording of this session. 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.