October 23, 2020

An ELI Member Webinar

Meat production is the primary source of methane gas, a greenhouse gas (GHG) 86 times more heat trapping than carbon dioxide over a 20-year span. Beef cattle accounts for 70% of these methane emissions, and according to a 2018 report in the journal Nature, Western countries need to reduce beef consumption 90% in order to meet climate targets.

In light of these challenges as well as health concerns and economic opportunities, innovators are developing alternative proteins. Alternative proteins include foods such as plant-based and cultivated meats, which have smaller carbon footprints than their animal-based counterparts. Municipalities can play a central role in encouraging the consumption of low-carbon foods as part of their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints by implementing measures such as climate-friendly health guidelines, food-purchasing policies, among others. While major cities including New York City, Los Angeles, and Portland have announced efforts to incorporate climate-friendly food policies, less than five percent of municipalities have established climate-friendly health guidelines and fewer have implemented food-purchasing policies.

What are the barriers municipalities face when implementing climate-friendly food policies? What best practices can municipalities follow to encourage low-carbon foods and agriculture? What are the challenges and opportunities faced by alternative proteins? Join the Environmental Law Institute, The Good Food Institute, and expert panelists to explore these questions and more by diving into efforts to leverage alternative proteins to achieve municipal climate goals.

Panelists:
Linda Breggin
, Director of the Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs, and Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Angie Fyfe, Executive Director, Local Governments for Sustainability
Emily Hennessee, Policy Coordinator, Good Food Institute
Brian P. Sylvester, Special Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Dana Wagner, Chief Legal Officer, Impossible Foods

Materials:
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October 23, 2020

Co-sponsored by the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)

Poor air quality is one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day. It is particularly difficult to address because of the localized nature of impacts. Various groups have successfully used community science to address other environmental threats such as water pollution. But air quality monitoring devices have historically been too costly for nongovernmental organizations.  However, it has become increasingly clear that traditional government air pollution monitoring programs do not provide information needed to address the impacts communities are facing.  The focus of traditional air pollution monitoring has been on area-wide pollutants which allowed the use of regional monitors to detect pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide. Studies conducted in Los Angeles over the past two decades (the Multiple Air Toxics Emissions Studies) found using neighborhood scale monitoring that quite localized risks from air toxics exposure could be quite high compared to those identifiable at the regional scale, and thus create significant public health risk. At the same time, new, low-cost air quality monitoring technologies have become available to communities, enabling them to assess air quality on a local scale.

Session 3 of INECE’s webinar series on citizen science and environmental enforcement will look at how novel and more affordable air monitoring technology has evolved, and how those sensors are being used to address air quality concerns, particularly by community groups raising environmental justice issues.  The session will examine some of the technologies that are now available to community scientists and what agencies can do to address issues of quality of data from these devices; it will then look at initiatives in the field, both in the US and in developing countries. The session will also show how government agencies are using new technology to encourage public reporting of possible violations to their compliance and enforcement programs.

 

Speakers:
George Wyeth
, ELI, Moderator
Kelly Crawford, Associate Director, DC DoEE Air Quality Division
Calvin Cupini, Citizen Science Manager, Clean Air Carolina
Tim Dye, Principal, TD Environmental Services
Philip Osano, Centre Director, Stockholm Environmental Institute