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.
Unlocking Natures Potential ELI Report Cover
Regina Buono, Jarryd Page
December 2023

Natural and nature-based infrastructure (NNBI) projects have been shown to be helpful in addressing environmental problems across various landscapes and to provide co-benefits not offered by traditional infrastructure solutions. However, as they are increasingly considered for implementation, project proponents face the necessity of securing regulatory approval from the appropriate federal or state authorities.

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USACE PPAs ELI Report Cover
Zoe Vogel, Amy Reed
December 2023

Cost-shared water resource development projects led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers require an agreement in writing between the Corps and the project’s nonfederal sponsor. Such an agreement, known as a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA), is crucial to the successful construction and operation of proposed water resource development projects across the country. The PPA serves as a framework for the nature of the partnership throughout the course of the project’s life.

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Transboundary Marine Species at Risk Workshop Report Cover
Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University - Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Duke Law, Ocean Frontier Institute
December 2023

On November 3 and 4, 2022, a group of government officials, academics, non-governmental organization representatives, scientists and lawyers gathered at the offices of Duke University in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to improve the management of marine migratory species that cross the US and Canadian border.

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cover page for model ordinance establishing a pay-as-you-throw program for residential municipal solid waste, with commentaries
Linda Breggin, Jessica Sugarman, Darby Hoover
November 2023

Cities striving to meet zero-waste, climate, and other sustainability goals are increasingly realizing that waste reduction can be a key strategy to achieving their targets—in particular, reducing food waste, the most prevalent material in municipal waste streams. Much of municipal waste can be recycled or composted, yet only about a third of our discards actually are.

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Cover of the Full Report on the BFP's June Workshops
Environmental Law Institute, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, MRAG Americas, & Sea Around Us
October 2023

The Belize Fishery Project team is pleased to share our Full Report on Stakeholder Workshops and Meetings.  This report provides a summary of the results of a series of workshops and meetings held in Belize the week of June 12, 2023, which had a primary aim of meeting with fishers in Belize to exchange information and understand fishers' experiences. It contains a compilation of comments received from fishers during these workshops.

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