Environmental Justice (ELI Summer School, 2019)
ELI’s annual Summer School Series concludes with a special ELI50th Anniversary session to introduce participants to the opportunities and obstacles within the realm of environmental justice. This year marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Law Institute and ELI is reflecting back on our important work in shaping environmental law and governance in the United States and imagining an even more impactful future. The month of July focuses on environmental justice and vulnerable communities, which has led to the addition of this signature summer school session, new for 2019!
Although no federal environmental justice laws have been enacted, federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have made staunch efforts to work with other federal agencies to integrate environmental justice into policies and practices. This session will explore the foundations, current opportunities, and obstacles facing environmental justice. Faculty will explore the following:
- NGO advocacy efforts including community-led public health initiatives and community-based climate resilience programs,
- inclusion of communities in the decision-making process,
- federal, state, tribal, and local government addressing environmental justice,
- and methods for including multiple stakeholders in environmental justice conversations and processes