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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.

Healthier Schools: A Review of State Policies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Healthier Schools: A Review of State Policies for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Tobie Bernstein, Environmental Law Institute
January 2002

This report focuses on indoor air quality (IAQ), a key component of a healthy school environment. Indoor air quality has been ranked near the top of environmental risks in a number of government studies. See, e.g., EPA Science Advisory Board, "Reducing Risk: Setting Priorities and Strategies for Environmental Protection" (1990), available at http://www.epa.gov/opperspd/history7/reduce/toc.htm (last visited Jan. 8, 2002). Read More >

Indigenous Landscapes:  A Study in Ethnocartography

Indigenous Landscapes: A Study in Ethnocartography

Mac Chapin and Bill Threlkeld
December 2001

In 2001, Native Lands published this detailed case study/manual of the participatory mapping it jointly organized in Honduras, Panama, and Bolivia. This is a detailed account and analysis of the road Native Lands followed to devise and fine-tune the methodology it has been using since 1992. The narrative takes the reader from imperfect, sometimes confused beginnings to a much surer sense of what works and what does not, how community participation can be maximized, what to eliminate, and what to add, strengthen, and bring into focus. Read More >

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Ecosystems in Central America and Southern Mexico

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Ecosystems in Central America and Southern Mexico

Center for the Support of Native Lands and National Geographic
December 2001

In January of this year Native Lands’ new map, Indigenous Peoples and Natural Ecosystems in Central America and Southern Mexico, was completed. It is an update of an earlier map, The Coexistence of Indigenous Peoples and the Natural Environment in Central America, published in 1992. Both maps were collaborative efforts between Native Lands and the National Geographic Society. The original map put on display forest cover and areas of indigenous use and occupation. Read More >

Role of Local Government in Long Term Stewardship of DOE Facilities

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute & Seth Kirshenberg, Energy Communities Alliance
December 2001

At sites throughout the country the Department of Energy (DOE) is cleaning up the radioactive and chemical contamination legacy of nuclear weapons production. Read More >

Smart Growth and the Clean Water Act

Smart Growth and the Clean Water Act

James McElfish, Environmental Law Institute and Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Natural Resources Defense Council
December 2001

Land uses directly and indirectly affect the quality of our nation`s waters. Various patterns of urban, suburban, exurban, and rural development can contribute either to improving water quality or to impairing it. At the same time, state and federal programs directed at controlling water pollution can influence development. The relationship between land use and water quality has been studied on a watershed scale in a number of settings, but there has never been a study of the relationship between the programs of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and state and local land uses. Read More >