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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.

Stream Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice

Stream Mitigation: Science, Policy, and Practice

Environmental Law Institute, Stream Mechanics, The Nature Conservancy
January 2017

ELI, Stream Mechanics, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have partnered to provide a wide-ranging view of the state of stream compensatory mitigation. This report examines how stream compensatory mitigation has evolved in policy and practice and was based on a series of white papers, which can be found on the State of Stream Compensatory Mitigation page. Read More >

Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilie

Developing Wetland Restoration Priorities for Climate Risk Reduction and Resilience in the MARCO Region

James McElfish, Rebecca Kihslinger and Jessye Waxman
December 2016

Working with New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — the five members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) — the Environmental Law Institute prepared a detailed assessment of methods to identify, conserve, and restore wetlands for protection of communities and ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change. ELI in collaboration with an expert panel designed an approach that can accommodate continuous improvement by resource managers, legislators, and policy makers. The approach relies on: Read More >

Indoor Air Quality in Homes: State Policies for Improving Health Now and Address

Indoor Air Quality in Homes: State Policies for Improving Health Now and Addressing Future Risks in a Changing Climate

The Environmental Law Institute
December 2016

Indoor Air Quality in Homes: State Policies for Improving Health Now and Addressing Future Risks in a Changing Climate discusses three residential indoor air quality issues that are significant now and may be impacted further by a changing climate: wildfire smoke; dampness and mold; and the effect of energy efficiency retrofits on indoor air quality. The report reviews current state policies and programs in these areas and highlights approaches for consideration by other jurisdictions. Read More >

Policy Options for a Bermuda Nearshore Marine Spatial Planning Process

Read D. Porter, Dr. Kathryn Mengerink, Bruce Myers, David Roche, Xiao Recio-Blanco
November 2016

Bermuda’s nearshore marine environment is a critical economic, environmental, and social resource that supports a wide array of recreational and commercial uses, including but not limited to commercial and recreational fishing, dive tourism, commercial and cruise shipping, and undersea cabling. These uses must coexist, and the challenge of managing the intensive use of the Bermuda Platform and other nearshore waters will increase in the future as new activities, like offshore energy and aquaculture facilities, are introduced. Read More >