Inside EPA: A Weekly Report: Appeals Courts Urged to Resolve Climate Tort Questions to Drive Policy - May 7, 2012 - Legal experts say federal appeals courts hearing novel climate change tort claims must help drive federal climate policy by resolving key questions in the suits such as the severity of harm from greenhouse gases (GHGs) and the need to curb their release. Even though the cases are still likely to fail, the experts argue it is important that they fail on their merits rather than on procedural grounds such as lack of standing. Douglas Kysar, one of the authors who presented his paper at the 2012 ELPAR Conference on Capitol Hill, is quoted. (subscription required to read the full article)
Spinach in Our Teeth: All Sorts of Green Things to Chew On: "Prizes or Grants: Which is Better at Yielding Real Solutions?" - April 14, 2012 - In his paper, "Eyes on a Climate Prize: Rewarding Energy Innovation to Achieve Climate Stabilization," Professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western University's School of Law argues that one of the best ways for the federal government to find solutions to our energy needs and climate change is not through the traditional federal grant process, but rather by creating prize competitions. His paper, and the 2012 ELPAR conference on Capital Hill is discussed in this blog post.
The Tennessean: Panel at Vanderbilt Law School to discuss residential solar - February 21, 2012 - The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review will hold its annual panel in Nashville. The future of energy law - specifically related to renewable solar power for homes - will be discussed from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School. Joel B. Eisen, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law who proposes a “solar utility” model, is among the panelists.
ELPAR co-founder Chris Bowles, class of 2010, was mentioned in the Nashville City Paper regarding his progress as Director of Nashville's Office for Environment and Sustainability - February 2011.
Should states force cities to go green? (Nashville) - April 1, 2010 - Should states begin exerting more authority over their individual municipalities? This was the question posed to panelists Thursday at the Environmental Law and Policy Review, sponsored by Vanderbilt University Law School and The Environmental Law Institute.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announces the creation of a new environmental office at the Nashville ELPAR Conference , appointing ELPAR co-founder Chris Bowles, class of 2010, as its director - April 2010
European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) - September 23, 2010 - Michael Vandenbergh, the Tarkington Chair in Teaching Excellence and director of the Environmental Law Program, coauthored this article, which was featured in the September issue of the ETFRN newsletter.
ELI Press Release - April 1, 2008 - The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the Vanderbilt University Law School present a conference on the best environmental law and policy ideas from the academic literature of 2007. Members of the press are invited to participate in the conference, which provides an exciting opportunity to be briefed by some of the leading law professors in the country, such as University of Chicago's Cass Sunstein and University of California-Berkeley's Daniel Farber, on their innovative ideas for addressing the most pressing environmental problems of our day.