Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Oakland, California
California recently passed aggressive plans for its electricity sector, including a 60% renewable portfolio standard by 2030 and a carbon-free grid by 2045. At the same time, a new gubernatorial administration will take the reins to implement these policies. To learn more about these issues, please join us on March 28, 2019 in Oakland, California for the 2019 Energy Conference presented by the Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association.
The conference will focus on implementing the landmark clean energy legislation under Senate Bill 100 (de León, 2018), which sets a target of carbon-free electricity by 2045. The conference will address a variety of topics, including policy direction by the Newsom administration, implementation strategies by the regulators and electric utilities, and the logistics and impacts to communities of transitioning to clean energy.
Please mark your calendars for March 28!
More information on registration, panels and speakers to come.
Congratulations to the winners of the 19th annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition. The competition took place March 23, 2018 at UCLA. See the list of winners by clicking here.
Have you wondered what more your office can do to reduce energy and resource demands? Law offices in all sectors are taking steps to be more sustainable in their operations. Saving energy and resources not only supports sustainability goals, impressing clients and elevates employee morale. These efforts can also translate into significant cost savings for the operation.
If your firm or law office is working to become more sustainable, or wants to do so, in just three easy steps your law practice can sign onto the Eco-Pledge. Once it does, your organization can use the Eco-Pledge Logo on firm materials to demonstrate this commitment to sustainability.
Step 1: Review the Voluntary Lawyers Eco-Pledge and Model Law Office Sustainability Guidelines. These Guidelines include a list of specific means to conserve, reuse, recycle and reduce the use of supplies, energy and natural resources. The Guidelines cover a range of issues, including the following:
Step 2: Assign someone at the firm to take the lead on implementing the policy (as is feasible for the individual firm) and commit to educate employees about the policy.
Step 3: Take the Eco-Pledge! Fill out the simple one-page form and submit it to the Environmental Law Section.
The Eco-Pledge is voluntary and there are no inspections or compliance audits, but the simple act of putting someone at the firm in charge of the issue, educating employees about the measures that have been implemented, and revisiting the commitment annually will translate into increased sustainability of your operations in addition to cost savings to your firm.
The nearly 40 law firms that have already taken the Eco-Pledge are listed on our Section website. In addition, we will be providing special recognition at this year’s Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite to all the firms that have taken the Eco-Pledge and determined that sustainability is core to their business. We urge those offices that are interested in sustainability to sign up now and receive recognition at the Conference. You too can be green. Take the initiative and take the Eco-Pledge!
Th Environmental Law Section of the California Lawyers Association is seeking applicants for its Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program for Summer 2019. The program places law students in environmental law internship positions at participating public interest organizations and governmental agencies. Students are also paired with a practicing environmental lawyer to provide mentoring and are invited to participate in other environmental law related activities over the summer. Fellows receive a stipend of $5,000 for an 8-10 week summer internships. Further details are provided below.
Did you know that the Section’s Webinars are available at low cost to view on line? Have you ever wanted CLE credit on topics that actually interest you? Was there a presentation you wanted to attend but just couldn’t make your schedule cooperate? If so, never fear! Almost 40 (and that number is growing) Environmental Law Section Webinars are available on line, including titles such as "CEQA 101 -- Learn the Basics!", "Beyond 2020: How Will California Meet its 2050 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals?" and many others. See Environmental Law Section Courses in the Online Catalog to find a program of interest to you.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
Environmental Law Section
California Lawyers Association
180 Howard Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639