Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

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Environmental Law Institute (ELI) Training

  • Water Resources Program

    Water pollution persists and water shortages are increasing as population grows and watersheds undergo development. Fresh water is essential to life and livelihoods. Worldwide more than a billion people lack access to clean water and more than two billion lack adequate sanitation.

  • Protect Water Quality

    Protect Water Quality

    Water quality depends upon well-defined water quality standards and criteria, consistent and well-constructed monitoring and evaluation programs, and a legal framework that produces effective incentives to control public and private activities that may result in water pollution and the degradation of aquatic habitat.

  • Conserve Wetlands

    Conserve Wetlands

    The Environmental Law Institute’s Wetlands Program provides professionals and the public with timely, balanced information on wetlands law, policy, science, and management in order to prevent wetlands loss and result in a net gain of wetlands across the United States.

  • Reform Watershed and Water Resource Management

    Reform Watershed and Water Resource Management

    Watersheds rarely coincide with jurisdictional boundaries. And water management laws and institutions frequently are limited to specific and narrow objectives — such as allocation of water supplies, construction of infrastructure, concern for endangered species, or administration of specific regulatory mandate, without enough attention to the links among these objectives. The Environmental Law Institute’s focus on Watershed and Water...

  • ELI’s Land & Biodiversity Program

    The pace and pattern of land development in the United States often contribute to the high cost of public services, the decline of cities and older suburbs, and the rapid conversion of farmland and forest and range lands to inefficient and costly developed uses. At the same time, habitat loss is leading to impoverishment of the plant and wildlife base (the biodiversity) of the North American landscape, including extinctions and threats to as much as a third of our flora and fauna. Disturbanc

  • Advance Sustainable Land Use

    Advance Sustainable Land Use

    The Environmental Law Institute’s Sustainable Use of Land Program recognizes that wasteful and unsustainable land uses often result from perverse incentives in laws and policies. ELI’s approach to sustainable land is “smarter laws, better choices.” ELI focuses on the laws that influence development activities, recognizing that changes in the laws of tax, finance, infrastructure investment, subsidy, housing, land use planning...

  • Advance Biodiversity Conservation

    Advance Biodiversity Conservation

    The Environmental Law Institute’s Biodiversity Program improves environmental protection by identifying best practices and new models for federal, state and local actions to conserve biodiversity. We forge new links between land use decision-making processes and biodiversity science. We promote public and private stewardship by providing technical assistance and identifying conservation incentives.ELI advances the adoption of policy tools that...

  • Combat Invasive Species

    Combat Invasive Species

    Every day, new non-native species arrive in the United States. Some are intentionally imported for use as pets, food, or nursery crops, while others hitchhike aboard ships or planes. Still others arrive unnoticed as pests or pathogens. Many of these non-native organisms die out. Others become established and cause harm to the environment, economy, and human health. These invasive species cause up to $137 billion in damages each year in the United...

  • Ecosystem Services at ELI

    Ecosystem Services at ELI

    Ecosystem services are the suite of environmental goods and services essential to human well-being. These services cover a broad spectrum, ranging from flood control to climate regulation. Society often considers ecosystem services to be free public benefits and does not assign them a value that reflects their societal contribution. By identifying the economic and societal value of ecosystem services, we can protect critical services and compensate...

  • ELI’s Innovation in Governance Programs

    Sound environmental law and governance are essential to protecting the natural environment and the life and livelihoods that depend on it. By governance we mean society’s use of a range of legal tools to require or promote desired behavior. These tools could be traditional regulations, environmental assessments, information disclosure requirements, market mechanisms, economic incentives, or public policies to promote voluntary action on a scale that will enhance environmental protectio

  • Brownfields Program

    Brownfields Program

    The Environmental Law Institute’s Brownfields Program encourages and supports brownfield cleanups and redevelopment and helps ensure that such efforts protect public health and respond to community preferences. Brownfields—underused or abandoned land that may be contaminated—can scar inner city neighborhoods and restrict economic opportunity. Redevelopment, properly conceived and implemented, can improve public health and the...

  • The Center for State, Local, and Regional Environmental Programs

    The Center for State, Local, and Regional Environmental Programs

    Every day, new non-native species arrive in the United States. Some are intentionally imported for use as pets, food, or nursery crops, while others hitchhike aboard ships or planes. Still others arrive unnoticed as pests or pathogens. Many of these non-native organisms die out. Others become established and cause harm to the environment, economy, and human health. These invasive species cause up to $137 billion in damages each year in the United...

  • Climate Change at ELI

    Climate Change at ELI

    Global scientific consensus confirms that we are experiencing climate change, human actions are driving that change, and ecosystems and human society must adapt to these alterations. Although questions remain about the timing, location, and severity of the impacts, legal, institutional, and policy responses to mitigate and adapt to climate change need to be crafted and implemented now. At the same time, the connection between energy and environmental...

  • Community Environmental Health and Justice Program

    Community Environmental Health and Justice Program

    The Environmental Law Institute’s Community Environmental Health and Justice Program (CEHJ) works with grassroots, community based organizations and advocates to address challenges to their environment and health.

  • Indoor Environments & Green Buildings

    Indoor Environments & Green Buildings

    Buildings in the United States account for a large share of our energy and water consumption, CO2 emissions, and solid waste. The built environment also has a significant impact on health and productivity. People in the U.S. spend over 80 percent of their time indoors, where levels of pollutants may be 2-5 times higher than outdoors—pollutants such as radon gas, mold, dust, lead paint, combustion products, chemicals emitted by consumer products...

  • Judicial Education Program

    Judicial Education Program

    In 1991, the Environmental Law Institute established its Judicial Education Program in response to a challenge by Judge James L. Oakes, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to close a gap in judges’ knowledge by educating them about environmental law. This challenge was reiterated in August 2002, when Supreme Court judges from more than 50 countries met at the Global Judges Symposium on Sustainable Development and the...

  • Nanotechnology Program

    Nanotechnology Program

    Nanotechnology is the manufacture and manipulation of materials that are approximately 1 to 100 nanometers in size. Over 1,000 products that use nanomaterials are already on the market, including fabrics, sporting goods, and cosmetics.The Environmental Law Institute’s Nanotechnology Program responds to the urgent need to develop an effective environmental, health, and safety governance structure for nanotechnologies. Nanomaterials are being...

  • Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

    Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review

    The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is a special issue of the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR) , published in collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Law School (VULS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington, DC. Each year, Vanderbilt Law students work with an expert advisory committee and senior staff from ELI to identify the year’s best academic articles that present legal and policy solutions to...

  • ELI’s International Programs

    ELI’s International Programs seek to restore, manage, and conserve the natural systems upon which people and the planet depend. Global sustainable development requires attention to environmental, developmental, and social priorities. Rapid economic growth has taken a toll on the ecosystem services that provide people with livelihoods, clean water and air, food, fuel, and fiber. Degradation of environmental services has also harmed spiritual, religious, recreational, aesthetic, and othe

  • ELI

    ELI

    Water is essential to life. Access to sufficient amounts of safe water is fundamental to meeting basic human needs, including drinking, cooking, and sanitation. Freshwater is also a necessary for economic growth as a critical input to agriculture, fisheries, and other key sectors. Moreover, freshwater provides critical ecological services to support natural systems and biodiversity.

  • Capacity Building

    Capacity Building

    Since its inception, the Environmental Law Institute has convened environmental professionals for international environmental workshops and conferences around the world. The topics of these sessions span the array of current environmental issues and ideas, bringing ELI’s experience and cutting-edge knowledge to the corners of the world. Our workshops and conferences build capacity in NGOs, citizens, and government officials for environmental...

  • Climate Change at ELI

    Climate Change at ELI

    Global scientific consensus confirms that we are experiencing climate change, human actions are driving that change, and ecosystems and human society must adapt to these alterations. Although questions remain about the timing, location, and severity of the impacts, legal, institutional, and policy responses to mitigate and adapt to climate change need to be crafted and implemented now. At the same time, the connection between energy and environmental...

  • Sustainable Livelihoods

    Sustainable Livelihoods

    Natural resources play a fundamental role in fostering sustainable livelihoods around the world. From forests to fisheries to soils, ecosystems support a wealth of livelihood activities. These resources provide the basis for agriculture, livestock herding, and small business development, in addition to providing a source of fuel. In order to ensure the ability of impoverished and rural communities to provide for themselves and their families,...

  • Armed Conflict and the Environment

    Armed Conflict and the Environment

    All too frequently, armed conflict is inextricably entwined with the environment. Natural resources can contribute to conflict, fuel armed conflict, and be targeted by combatants; natural resources can also facilitate post-conflict peacebuilding and recovery. Shortages of water and other natural resources can exacerbate existing ethnic and political tensions, and may contribute to the causes of war. The burning oil fields of Kuwait and Lebanese oil...

  • Visiting Scholars Program

    Visiting Scholars Program

    As part of ELI’s mission to foster and empower a new generation of environmental professionals abroad, the Visiting Scholars Program brings promising young environmental lawyers, economists, and scientists from other countries to ELI to collaborate with our staff in Washington. Individual scholars are typically in residence at the Institute for periods of one to three months, with some staying for a year or more. The Scholars work on independent...