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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.

3D-Printers and Maker-Spaces

3D-Printers and Maker-Spaces: Improving Health and Environmental Sustainability Through Voluntary Standards

University of Vermont for the Environmental Law Institute
August 2019

This report is the culmination of a three-month investigation into the nature of 3d-printing with regards to potential social and environmental implications. Three graduate students from the Sustainability Innovation MBA program at the University of Vermont teamed up with members of the Environmental Law Institute to identify these implications and offer recommendations for sustainability within the specific sector of maker-spaces in the 3d-printing industry. Read More >

Funding for Environmental Assessment and Remediation at Child Care Facilities: A Review of Selected Resources

Environmental Law Institute
July 2019

Environmental site hazards at a child care facility may arise from contamination of the air, soil, or water caused by historical uses of the property or nearby activities. Identifying and remedying site hazards before a child care facility is licensed, as well as during facility operations, can help prevent and reduce harmful exposures to staff and children. Read More >

In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Review of Program Instruments and Implementation Across

In-Lieu Fee Mitigation: Review of Program Instruments and Implementation Across the Country

Environmental Law Institute and Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law
July 2019

In-Lieu Fee (ILF) mitigation is one of the three primary mechanisms—along with mitigation banks and permittee responsible mitigation—that permittees can use to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements. Through an ILF program, a permittee may satisfy their legal obligations under the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule by purchasing credits from the program “sponsor”—a government or non-profit natural resources management entity—who then uses the funds to restore, enhance, or protect wetlands and streams. Read More >

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Belize

Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report describes the legal framework for regulation of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Area (MPA) management in and adjacent to the coastal waters of Belize. The report also describes the structure and function of the government of Belize.  Read More >

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Guatemala

Alejandra Rabasa and Xiao Recio-Blanco
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Guatemalan government, and the institutional legal framework of the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries, and for management of fisheries resources and marine protected areas. Read More >