GreenTech 2019: Innovating Environmental Protection for the Future

July 2019

(Washington, D.C.): Technology is radically reshaping how things are powered, made, and moved. It is allowing us to observe environmental conditions in real time, and to adjust how we produce goods and services to reduce waste and pollution. Yet, technology is not a panacea; it is an instrument of rapid change in the world we live in and in the world of environmental law and protection. As such, the next 50 years of environmental protection will not look like the first 50—it will be driven by technology as much as by regulation.

On October 1-3, 2019, the Environmental Law Institute and collaborators will host GreenTech 2019 in Seattle, Washington, to explore innovative and transformative technologies—drones, artificial intelligence, sensor networks, additive manufacturing, and biotechnology, among others—and the unique opportunities and challenges they present to protecting the environment. Attendees will engage with a diverse group of stakeholders at this one-of-a-kind conference, which will include demonstrations, discussions, and dialogue.GreenTech2019

Representatives from the technology and legal communities; innovative business organizations; state, local, federal, and foreign governments; major universities; and nongovernmental organizations will present: 

  • Case studies from diverse business sectors;
  • The role of law and public policy in facilitating the development and deployment of emerging technologies, including the appropriate regulatory frameworks to address environmental challenges;
  • The societal benefits and costs of these technologies;
  • Opportunities for the cross-cutting application of different technologies acting in concert; and
  • Public reaction to some of these emerging technologies and the management of change.

Details about the program, venue, sponsorship, registration, and more can be found on the GreenTech 2019 Conference website at

Initial Sponsors include: ELI, Intel, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, First Solar, BNSF Railway, Marten Law, Beveridge & Diamond, Latham & Watkins, Wilmer Hale, Bergeson & Campbell, University of Washington School of Law, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Initial Partners include: C2ES, ECOS, and American University.

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