Research Reports

ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.
Carol Adaire Jones
February 2024

The Environmental Law Institute respectfully submitted the following comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for input on the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. These comments focused specifically on the importance of improving the accounting of greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector.

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Linda K. Breggin
February 2024

The Environmental Law Institute respectfully submitted the following comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s request for input on the Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. These comments focused specifically on the value of model ordinances and other forms of capacity building for local and state governments. 

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Rebecca Kihslinger, Jesse Ferraioli, Zoe Vogel, Cecilia Diedrich, Isabella Blanco
January 2024

In our changing climate, the deployment of nature-based solutions (NBS) for their flood risk mitigation benefits is growing in popularity around the U.S. and the world. The purpose of this report is to identify opportunities for scaling up the use of natural and nature-based infrastructure projects as hazard mitigation strategies, focusing on the formation of better partnerships that build the capacity of decision-makers to effectively address flood hazard risks.

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ELI Pathways to Phased Implementation Report
Amy Reed
January 2024

The larger and more comprehensive the water resources problem to be tackled, the longer it is likely to take the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study, authorize, and implement a solution. As the long backlog of authorized but not constructed projects continues to grow, project sponsors and advocates are increasingly interested in opportunities to pursue a phased approach to projects.

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Environmental Law Institute, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, MRAG Americas, & Sea Around Us
January 2024

The Belize Fishery Project team is pleased to share our Summary Report on Stakeholder Workshops and Meetings from the December 2023 trip. This report provides a summary of the results of several workshops and meetings held in Belize during the week of December 4, 2023. These activities had a primary aim of meeting with fishers and other stakeholders in Belize to exchange information and understand fishers’ ideas for strengthening fisheries management. The December fishers’ workshops were a direct follow-up to workshops held with fishers in June 2023.

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