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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.

A Citizen's Guide to Using Federal Environmental Laws to Secure Environmental Ju

A Citizen's Guide to Using Federal Environmental Laws to Secure Environmental Justice

Linda Breggin, Environmental Law Institute
April 2002

Countless independent studies have concluded that communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately exposed to environmental harms and risks. This handbook has been written with these unique environmental justice concerns in mind. It highlights sections of environmental laws that can be used to support and help advance your environmental justice goals. Read More >

Stakeholder Forum on Federal Wetlands Mitigation

Stakeholder Forum on Federal Wetlands Mitigation

April 2002

On October 1-2, 2001, a Mitigation Stakeholders Forum was held at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore sponsored the event. The forum brought together a diverse group of individuals from federal and state government, non-profit environmental organizations, third party mitigation providers, and others (e.g., academia, home builders, representatives of the oil and gas industry, non-governmental organizations, etc.). Read More >

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 >