interior Blogs & Resources banner image

Blogs & Resources

ACOEL members contribute regularly to the ACOEL Blog, writing on topics of current interest in their respective fields. Recently-published blogs are featured below, or you can search the ACOEL blog archive using the search feature.


Current Blogs

blog image
COP26 Retrospective: Historical Turning Point Toward a Sustainable Future?
January 18, 2022

Posted on January 18, 2022 by Daniel C. Esty When the history of the global shift toward a clean energy economy and a sustainable future gets written decades from now, it may well be that the COP26 Climate Change Conference will be seen as a watershed moment. While the...

blog image
Environmental Penalties: Disparity and Discretion
January 14, 2022

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Jerry L. Anderson Environmental law enforcement seeks to achieve greater compliance by punishing intentional violations and ensuring that violators do not achieve a competitive advantage through avoidance of compliance costs.  To achieve that goal, regulators must balance the desire for uniformity with the...


image resources
It’s Our Big Moment – Environmental Law’s Chance to Shine as the “E” in ESG
June 30, 2021

Posted on June 30, 2021 by Heidi B. (Goldstein) Friedman Picture the marquee surrounded by bright flashing lights as the Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) mandates, requirements and best...

image resources
What does the Biden Administration want in a new global plastics treaty?
June 24, 2021

Posted on June 24, 2021 by Paul Hagen The Communique from President Biden and other world leaders attending the G-7 Summit earlier this month is the latest high-level signal...

image resources
Ninth Circuit Finds No Sovereign Immunity Waiver For Tribes Under CWA
June 23, 2021

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Beth S. Ginsberg On June 23, 2021, the Ninth Circuit in Deschutes River All. v. Portland Gen. Elec. became the first court in...

image resources
Renewable Energy? For some, the answer may not be blowing in the wind.
June 23, 2021

Posted on June 23, 2021 by Steven Miano The Biden administration has committed to significantly expanding development of renewable energy.  These projects, including solar and wind are welcomed by...

image resources
Using Subject Matter Jurisdiction to Dump Inconvenient Cases
June 22, 2021

Posted on June 22, 2021 by Adam Babich Successful objections to subject matter jurisdiction can operate like a King’s-X for illegal behavior – a hole in the rule of...

image resources
New Jersey Broadens Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives
June 17, 2021

Posted on June 17, 2021 by David B. Farer The New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (ERA), signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on January 7, 2021...

image resources
Just How Absolute is the Absolute Pollution Exclusion?
June 16, 2021

Posted on June 16, 2021 by Thomas M. Hnasko Despite the myriad CERCLA cases on the books, there is little – if any – jurisprudence dissecting the so-called “absolute...

image resources
Transforming a 3000 Acre Steelmaking Complex from Hazardous Waste Site to a Restoration Success
June 15, 2021

Posted on June 15, 2021 by Ridge Hall In 1959 Bethlehem Steel’s Sparrows Point facility, located on the Patapsco River near the mouth of Baltimore Harbor, was the biggest...

image resources
U.S. Policy on Cuba: Is It Safe to Go Back into the Water?
June 10, 2021

Posted on June 10, 2021 by Daniel Whittle On Valentine’s Day 2015, Cuban and American scientists went fishing off the north coast of Cuba, setting out from Cojimar, the...


December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021For Immediate ReleaseContact: (Washington, DC): The ACOEL Foundation, created by the American College of Environmental Lawyers...

October 13, 2021

(Washington, DC): The American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) is proud to announce its newly elected Officers and Regents,...