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Non-Profits Release Report On Improvements To The European Commission’s Bioenergy Policy

On September 5, 2016, a group of non-profits, including Oxfam International, Fern, and Greenpeace, published a report outlining policy measures that should be taken by the European Commission (EC) to ensure that bioenergy is...more

CFPB Issues Guiding Principles for Loss Mitigation after HAMP

On August 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a new guidance document titled CFPB’s Principles for the Future of Loss Mitigation (the “Guidance”), which outlines a recommended framework for...more

Real Estate and Land Use - August 2016 #3

Supreme Court Clarifies Valuation Rules on Potential for Future Exactions - City of Perris v. Stamper S217738 (Cal. Supreme Court, July 21, 2016) - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court reexamined the rules...more

Planning, Tendering and Closing Global District Energy Projects

The district energy industry has received a global boost through a global initiative supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP has called for governments, state owned enterprises and procuring...more

Singapore to Introduce New Requirements to Increase Sustainability in Packaging Waste Management

On July 12, 2016, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that it will be introducing new requirements, which will come into force within the next three to five years, in order to increase sustainability in packaging...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #4

Sustainable Development Focus - Kilroy Realty Corp. takes sustainability seriously, with a green office vision that's evolving - San Francisco Business Times - Jul 28 - Kilroy Realty Corp. takes sustainability...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Freddie Mac announces multifamily green building financing initiative - Energy Collective - Aug 13 - Freddie Mac announced last week their Multifamily Green Advantage program, a...more

In Case You Missed It, A New Act Amends Wisconsin’s Managed Forest Law

On April 14, 2016, Governor Scott Walker signed into law Wisconsin Senate Bill 434, a bill that significantly amends the Managed Forest Law (Sections 77.80 to 77.91, Wis. Stats.), thereby enacting the 2015 Wisconsin Act 3581...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - Burgeoning green building materials market set to reach $255B by 2020 - Construction Dive - Aug 3 - The global green building materials market is on pace to hit $255 billion by...more

Are You Ready to Disclose Your Environmental, Social, and Governance Risks?

Back in April, the Securities and Exchange Commission sought public comments on modernizing certain business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. In their Concept Release, the SEC noted that some...more

Sustainable Development Update - August 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - REIT reporting standards for sustainability lack consensus REIT.com - Jul 29 - There are roughly a dozen or so real estate sustainability standards competing for the attention...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

Sustainability Reporting Gains Momentum

A couple of years ago I suggested that companies should consider adding new, or enhancing their existing, sustainability disclosures. The trend toward sustainability (frequently known as “ESG” for environmental, social and...more

EPA Updates and Republishes SmartWay Freight Transportation Sustainability Program

Seyfarth Synopsis: For companies in the freight industry, if sustainability is important at your company or to its board of directors, then you may wish to investigate the EPA’s updated Smartway program, with its new...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - What does the future hold for green bonds and solar investment? - PV-Tech - Jul 5 - Green bonds first appeared in the market in 2007, with initial issuance from development...more

Carbon Matters - Spring / Summer 2016

Robust international and national action on climate change looks increasingly likely following the high-profile Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York in April. In New York 175 governments...more

Blog: SEC Chair White Discusses Potential SEC Coming Attractions: Sustainability Reporting

In a speech last week to the International Corporate Governance Network Annual Conference, the last agenda item discussed by SEC Chair Mary Jo White was the current state of sustainability reporting. The bottom line: the...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2016 #4

Renewable Energy Focus - California land officials sign off on closing Diablo Canyon nuclear plant - OC Register - Jun 29 - California State Lands Commission officials dropped their longstanding environmental...more

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

In September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada, on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled last March, outlines its plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget –...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #4

Report shows industrial sector prioritizes sustainability in design and operations - Concrete Products - Jun 15 A new USGBC report highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and...more

Why You Should Continue to Pay Attention to PACE

With commercial property owners and tenants still seeking sustainable building designs that incorporate energy efficiency or green building features, Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing will continue to rightfully...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #2

Sustainable Development Focus - There's a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming - Business Insider - Jun 6 - Summer is coming, and green bonds are blooming. Issuers of such bonds...more

Regulation S-K Overhaul Moves One Step Closer

As mandated by the JOBS Act, the SEC has been reassessing its disclosure rules in an attempt to modernize and overhaul Regulation S-K. In April, the SEC took the major step of publishing a concept release seeking the public’s...more

The implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’, and overview of the content and current status of draft EU...

In this client alert we discuss the implications of the transition to a ‘circular economy’ for producers of, and traders in, raw and/or recycled materials of all kinds, manufacturers of products and actors in all stages of...more

Emergency Groundwater Sustainability Plan Regulations Adopted By California Water Commission

Key Principle: Sustainable Management Through Local Efforts - The California Water Commission unanimously adopted a demanding set of regulations to govern the creation and implementation of groundwater sustainability...more

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