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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.

Pesticide Use in the Cannabis Industry

April 2019

In recognition of the numerous sustainability challenges linked to cannabis cultivation, the Environmental Law Institute’s Innovation Lab teamed up with pesticide law and cannabis law experts to create multiple educational brochures demystifying the confusing regulatory landscape of pesticide use on cannabis. Read More >

Corporate Statements about the Use of Renewable Energy: What Does the “100% Rene

Corporate Statements About the Use of Renewable Energy: What Does the “100% Renewable” Goal Really Mean?

Sofia Yazykova, James McElfish, and Lovinia Reynolds
January 2019

There is a movement among companies to use more renewable energy and less energy obtained from fossil fuels. Some are pledging to go “100% renewable”, with companies joining such groups as RE100, signing on to Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, and undertaking other initiatives. At least 150 large companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Google, among others, have set goals to rely exclusively on renewable energy. Many others have set goals to rely on substantial percentages of renewable energy in portions of their operations or in certain locations. Read More >

Opportunities to Improve Landscape-Scale Mitigation for Energy Projects in the Chesapeake Region

November 2018

There are numerous applications for large linear energy projects – natural gas pipelines and electric transmission lines – that will affect the lands, waters, and resources of the Chesapeake region. At the same time, the states in this region are experiencing challenges in meeting their goals for conservation of lands, waters, and natural and historic resources. New and revised state-level practices can address the impacts of proposed projects and improve land conservation outcomes. Read More >

The Macbeth Report: Cooperative Federalism in the Modern Era

The Macbeth Report: Cooperative Federalism in the Modern Era

David Clarke, Scott Fulton, Adam Schempp, Sam Koenig, Christopher Ibrahim, and John Pendergrass
October 2018

Policy professionals and the public who care deeply about the success of the United States’ environmental protection enterprise recognize that current challenges to the system demand both careful reflection and concerted action. Many changes over recent years have brought the United States to a point where our environmen­tal system may be ready for some fundamental realignments, including changes in states’ capacity, technological capabilities, and business behavior and expectations. Read More >

Cellular Agriculture: A Comparative Analysis of Press Coverage in the United States, the United Kingdom & France (2013-2018)

Nina Pusic and Dave Rejeski
September 2018

In cellular agriculture research, development and commercialization since 2013 have transformed the prospects for the future of food production, particularly regarding animal-based agriculture. With the first cultured burger taste-tested in London in August 2013, advances in cultivating meat through cellular agriculture have grown and expanded capturing the attention of the press, the public, and investors. Read More >