March 26, 2019 - March 28, 2019

ELI’s Annual Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is an overview of environmental law from the top experts in the field. Boot Camp is designed primarily for attorneys and environmental managers new to environmental law, although more experienced professionals have found the course provides an efficient update as well. While the course has a strong legal focus, it is accessible to professionals other than lawyers, including corporate environmental managers, paralegals, and technical staff who would benefit from a more thorough understanding of environmental law.

ELI’s Western Boot Camp on Environmental Law® is led by carefully selected senior practitioners and environmental managers who provide a practical and pragmatic view of environmental law and policy issues likely to be encountered by those working in the field. Annual topics include sessions on: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, project development and NEPA, environmental liability in business, CERCLA, RCRA, criminal enforcement, environmental ethics, product regulation, and a discussion of recent developments in climate change.

For information on future Boot Camps, please go HERE.


 

March 27, 2019

Co-sponsored by the Wilson Center


An ELI 50th Anniversary Seminar

Mountains of trash are piling up in China with booming cities producing more than 20% of the world’s solid waste. Furthermore, up to 70% of this urban waste is food waste that is difficult to incinerate and when deposited in landfills, this waste eventually emits climate-forcing methane. Although hazardous waste regulations in China are increasingly enforced,  historically enforcement has not been stringent, leading to current management challenges. An estimated 85% of the 100 million tons of hazardous waste generated every year is disposed of like ordinary household waste. This detrimental practice presents a risk to human and environmental health.

China has been accumulating a large portion of the world’s waste for forty years. In 2016, China was accepting 46% of the world’s recyclable solid waste, using it as industry feedstock. Since 2017, however, the nation has successively banned many types of imported waste.  A comprehensive waste-sorting program for recycling of domestically-generated waste streams has not been fully implemented in many urban areas; but some private waste companies have begun to fill this gap in various ways as municipalities experiment with local sorting programs. Notably, over the past two years the Chinese government has accelerated campaigns, policies, and legal reforms to reduce what some have deemed “waste mountains.” Emerging policies include plastic waste import bans, increased municipal waste sorting, guidelines on single-use packaging, and cradle-to-grave tracking for hazardous wastes, among others.

Join ELI, the Wilson Center, and leading experts for an exploration of Chinese local governments’ and national-level design and implementation of ambitious waste reduction campaigns, innovative bottom-up opportunities to help reduce waste, emerging solid and hazardous waste legislation and reforms, and public interest cases and actions.

Panelists:
Zhuoshi Liu
, Staff Attorney & Director, China Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Linda Breggin,Senior Attorney, Director, Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs, Environmental Law Institute
Yifei Li, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, New York University Shanghai, Global Network Assistant Professor, New York University
Jennifer L. Turner, Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative, China Environment Forum, Wilson Center

Materials:
Any materials will be posted as they are received...

ELI members will have access to a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). 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.