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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.

Smart Growth in the Southeast: New Approaches for Guiding Development

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report provides an overview of land use and transportation trends in seven southeastern states Read More >

Sustainability in Practice

James M. McElfish Jr., Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report discusses sustainable development efforts throughout the United States involving diverse partnerships, objectives, environmental media, and approaches. The study is based on certain questions including, How does sustainability as practiced by local communities address the objectives set out by the President`s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD)? How are sustainability partnerships structured? Is there a diversity of projects? What tools are used in carrying out the projects, and what variables do these tools correspond with? How do these efforts differ by region? Read More >

Symposium on Legal Implications of Electronic Environmental Reporting

Suellen T. Keiner, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report discusses the Symposium on the Legal Implications of Environmental Electronic Reporting on June 23-25, 1999, conducted by the Environmental Law Institute with support from the Environmental Protection Agency. Participants discussed the complex legal and technical issues involved with the implementation of an electronic reporting program including EPA Read More >

Environmental Protection: Is it Bad for the Economy?

Frank S. Arnold
July 1999

This article reviews the evidence that can be brought to bear to verify or refute accusations that environmental regulation is too expensive, reduces economic growth, hurts international competitiveness, and causes widespread layoffs and plant closures.. In all cases, these assertions do not stand up to a careful examination of the facts. First, we do indeed spend a considerable amount on environmental protection, but not as much as we do on health care and national defense Read More >

From Pens to Bytes: Summaries of Court Decisions Related to Electronic Reporting

Suellen T. Keiner, Environmental Law Institute
June 1999

This report provides summaries of 43 federal and state court decisions on environmental data. Read More >