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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.

Protecting Delaware's Natural Heritage: Tools for Biodiversity Conservation - Executive Summary

Jessica B. Wilkinson, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

This report focuses on how Delaware’s legal, policy, and management tools can be improved and used to protect and restore its biological diversity. Read More >

Protecting Public Health at Superfund Sites: Can Institutional Controls Meet the Challenge

John A. Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1999

Despite the increasing use of institutional controls at Superfund sites, there has been little analysis to date of the effectiveness of these controls in practice. This report investigates the effectiveness of institutional controls at four NPL sites. The Environmental Law Institute researched and analyzed the administrative, legal, economic, public health, and policy implications of using institutional controls to prevent exposure to residual hazardous substances. Read More >

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 >