(Washington, D.C.): Environmental quality over the past 50 years has no doubt improved, but the pace of change is leaving in the dust the linear environmental strategies of the past. But how should the environmental protection enterprise be organized in the future, and who will shape this new paradigm?
How Green Is the Digital Economy? Sloan Foundation Funds New Research Project on the Energy and Environmental Implications of the Digital Economy
(Washington, D.C.)—The Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at UC Berkeley and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has received a $550,000 grant from the Alfred P.
(Washington, DC): What happens to the rule of law in a world where software rules? Software manipulation of over a half million VW diesel automobiles created one of the largest environmental scandals of the past decade. But as software becomes smarter, it can also reduce energy and resource use, monitor pollution, and help predict weather patterns. The environmental impacts of artificial intelligence (AI) may depend on when and how the environmental community engages with technology de
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing how our society operates. AI now helps make judiciary decisions, medical diagnoses, and drives cars. The use of AI in our society also has important environmental implications. AI can help improve resource use, improve energy efficiency, predict extreme weather events, and aid in scientific research. But while AI has the potential to improve human interaction with the environment, AI can also exacerbate existing environmental issues. Some form of governance is needed to ensure that AI is deployed in a manner that is beneficial for our environment.
(Washington, DC): Last summer, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) announced that “Cards Against Calamity,” created by 1st Playable in partnership with ELI and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, received a gold ranking for table top learning games designed for education or training at the 2017 International Serious Play Awards.
We are looking for people and organizations who are willing to reach outside the normal boundaries for solutions. Please contact Dave Rejeski, Director, Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project.
20 Years of Crazy Ideas:
Dave Rejeski, Director of ELI's Technology, Innovation and the Environment Project, started writing for ELI's policy journal, The Environmental Forum, in 1997, starting with a story on the environmental implications of the service sector and most recently ending with a piece on the sharing economy. Here is the whole trip:
Can we develop a new set of behaviors, functions, and organizational designs that operate dynamically inside innovation systems in a parallel processing mode and support the co-evolution, rapid learning, and agility required to place environmental solutions in front of technological change (or, at least, parallel to it)?
Explore the environmental implications of the “next production revolution” (NPR), which “has the potential to completely change how production will be organized at the global scale…[and] will bring about important economic and social change which have important implications for policy making (OECD 2015).” This includes:
Let’s imagine a future where our cities, transportation systems, utilities, and production chains become self-motivated environmental learners. How can we embed environmental sensing and learning into complex social/technological/economic systems?