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Resiliency Strategies for Natural Disasters the Focus of ULI Conference

As southern California cities and property owners were seeing high surfs from a hurricane off Mexico, and less than two weeks after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the Napa Valley, the Urban Land Institute was holding a...more

California Governor Signs Historic Groundwater Legislation

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 (both Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and Assembly Bill 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento), which together establish the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. The Act...more

New York’s Plan for a Self-Sustaining Solar Industry

Governor Cuomo recently announced that New York’s multiple solar programs are transitioning into the single, statewide NY-Sun Incentive Program. The decision is intended to support the $1 billion NY-Sun initiative and help...more

Legislature Passes Historic Groundwater Management Act

On August 29, 2014, the California Legislature cast the final votes necessary to move three companion groundwater management bills to the Governor's desk. If signed by Governor Brown, the bills will establish the...more

Legislature Adopts Historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Act Imposes Groundwater Management and Reporting Requirements on Local Agencies - On Friday night, the California Legislature adopted a lawmaking package, including Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739,...more

New Concepts in Clean Technology

The term “clean technology” can be used to describe a wide range of infrastructural development, such as clean energy, advanced transportation, manufacturing water technology, sustainable materials and waste recycling....more

Sustainable Futures Training Workshop, August 5-7, 2014

Learn how to pre-screen new chemicals using EPA's models and methods during this hands-on, three-day workshop co-hosted by BRAG, EPA, and George Washington University (GWU) School of Law. You will learn about a variety of...more

Sustainability Reporting–Something to Consider

It’s common knowledge that investors, analysts and other stakeholders view certain non-financial information as increasingly important indicators of a company’s long-term value. This information tends to be grouped into three...more

Expo 2020 – Part 2: Sustainability

One of three main themes of Expo 2020 is sustainability. During the event, the participants will explore and discuss the development of sustainable sources of energy and water. However, sustainability is not just a...more

Climate Change Disclosure - Heads I Win, Tails You Lose?

Arjuna Capital, a sustainable wealth management platform, and As You Sow, an environmental corporate responsibility advocacy group, have been advocating for publicly traded companies to assess and disclose the risks that...more

Sustainability Reporting Standards for the Automotive Industry

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a non-profit organization incorporated in 2011, was formed to provide investors and the general public with decision-useful information to assess sustainability issues of...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2014

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. - Food industry opposes trans fat bar, proposes setting limitations. Major...more

Senate Bill 375 and Susatainable Communities Strategies [Video]

As global climate change has gained recognition, state and local governments have been confronted with what may happen if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue unabated. The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection...more

Government Appoints New Commissioner For The Environment And Sustainable Development, File No.: 990001-100

In a speech to the Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia, Premier Christy Clark advised that the environment minister, Mary Polak, has been given the task of reviewing The Environmental Assessment Office to...more

LIFE-CYCLE: A legal guide to developing, investing in and managing buildings sustainably (Global)

Real estate is a major consumer of resources. Everyone needs a place to live and work and we use real estate for that purpose. Modern life means that energy and other resources will be consumed in the development and...more

Four Sustainability Reporting Highlights of 2013

2013 should be remembered as a transformative year for sustainability. Significant developments emerged not just from sustainability reports, but from non-profits and regulators concerned with stakeholder interests and...more

Permanent “Doc Fix” Proposal Would Repeal SGR, Implement Value

Based Physician Reimbursement System—On October 31, 2013, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont) unveiled a proposal to permanently repeal Medicare’s...more

Energy And Environment Update -- October 14, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

Envirnomental Regulatory Update: Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy - Volume 32, Issue 3 - October 2013

Oil and Gas Update - Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations - Bureau of Land Management: On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed...more

Are You Ready for Philadelphia's October 31, 2013 Building Benchmarking Deadline?

In 2012, the City of Philadelphia enacted Section 9-3402 of the Philadelphia Code. The new section requires annual reporting of energy usage, water usage, and other attributes for all buildings in the City with more than...more

Energy And Environment Update -- September 9, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; International; States; Sustainability; and...more

Real Estate Tip – The Built Environment and Profitability

The term “built environment” is used by advocates who see a connection between architecture and the health, vibrancy and sustainability of our communities. Groups seeking to restore historic and architecturally interesting...more

Energy And Environment Update -- August 5, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Export-Import Bank; International; States;...more

Materiality Momentum

In April, a number of interesting developments occurred that contribute to the momentum on the topic of materiality in sustainability reporting. The common theme is a focus on better defining material environmental, social...more

West Virginia Chamber Environmental Committee Meets With EPA Region III – “Sustainability” Is The Buzzword Of The Day

On June 25, 2013, along with other members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee, we met in Philadelphia with EPA Region III Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin and about a dozen members of his...more

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