Posts Tagged ‘energy’

ElectriCITY: the future of the sustainable grid — Tuesday, March 29 at NYU

Upcoming Environmental Law Events!

There are many exciting panel discussions and conferences on environmental law topics in the next few week!  Below is a sampling of some of the many events that are happening in and around New York City that may be of interest.

Developing Offshore Wind Projects — March 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 PM, The City Bar Association

Already being realized in Europe and elsewhere, offshore wind projects offer the prospect of clean and abundant domestic energy supplies. But unresolved legal, commercial and policy issues pose significant challenges to the development of these projects in the United States. In this program, a diverse group of industry participants will discuss recent developments and offer their perspectives and prescriptions on the outlook for offshore wind projects, both in the State of New York and elsewhere in the U.S.

The program is open to the public, but seating is limited and prior reservations are required. There is no charge for this presentation. A simple lunch will be available.

Kindly RSVP to Ernest Chung at echung@blankrome.com or (212) 885-5447.

Panelists:
Chip Carstensen, Managing Director, NordDeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale AG
Brandi Colander, Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Scott Keating, General Manager Sales, North America, Vestas Offshore
KC Sahl, New York State Director Offshore Wind, NRG Bluewater Wind

Panel Co-Chairs:
Joan Bondareff, Blank Rome LLP
Robert M. Vilter, Reed Smith LLP

Climate Change, China and the WTO — March 30 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Columbia Law School

In December 2010, the United States initiated a landmark dispute at the WTO challenging a range of Chinese subsidies to domestic renewable energy manufacturers. Although the dispute is currently still in the consultation phase, it represents a significant step by the United States government and could be a harbinger of things to come as China continues its aggressive push towards clean energy infrastructure and development.  What are the environmental, economic and geopolitical implications of this case?  Join distinguished panelists for a wide-ranging discussion of the dispute and its context within international trade law and economics.

THE PANELISTS:

Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University; Chair,
Columbia University Committee on Global Thought; Nobel Laureate in Economics
Robert Howse, Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, New
York University School of Law
Andrew Shoyer, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Former Counsel, Office of
the United States Trade Representative
MODERATOR:
Michael Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice;
Director, Columbia Center for Climate Change Law

No RSVP required
Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th St. (at Amsterdam Ave.)
Jerome Greene Hall Room 104
New York, New York

Cornell Environmental Law Society Energy ConferenceMarch 31-April 2, Ithaca NY

Gas Drilling, Sustainability & Energy Policy: Searching for Common Ground

The conference will explore the legal, scientific, and business perspectives on Shale Gas Development and hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking”). This issue has ignited a fierce battle over energy and the environment in New York State.  Eight fast-paced and interactive panels will use natural gas drilling as a lens to explore national energy policy, the global energy market, and the
integral role the law must play in creating energy security and ensuring a sustainable future.  The conference brings together over 45 distinguished speakers from Cornell University and around the country working in law, science, business, and government from all sides of the energy debate.

Location: Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor & Anabel Taylor Hall,
Ithaca, New York
Dates: Thursday evening, March 31 – Saturday evening, April 2
Register: www.lawschool.cornell.edu/research/ELS/index.cfm

New York City as a Sustainable City — April 7 from 5-7PM at Columbia Law School

New York City is, to the surprise of many, one of the most energy-efficient places in the United States– the energy consumption and carbon dioxide output of New Yorkers is one-quarter of the national average, and the city is on target to meet a number of sustainability goals in the next 20 years, including planting one million new trees (of which more than 300,000 have been planted in the last three years) and converting an entire fleet of over 10,000 taxicabs to fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrids.  But with close to 20
million people living in the Tri-State area, the continued sustainability of such an environment is still a constant concern.

The panel, moderated by Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University and Director, M.S. Sustainability Management, will feature David Bragdon, Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the New York City Mayor’s Office; Cas Holloway, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Bill Solecki, Director of the CUNY Institute of Sustainable Cities; and Ester Fuchs, Founder of the Center for Urban Research and Policy and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  We invite you to come listen to the panel’s participants as they discuss both signs of progress and deficiencies in the effort of make New York City a sustainable city, touching on government initiatives in this area as well as the role of the private sector.

Though issues of sustainability are being recognized on an increasingly global scale, it is local actions that will likely provide many of the solutions to these large-scale problems.  Find out from the panel’s speakers, decision-makers and experts in urban sustainability, how New York City can play a large leadership role in this transformation.

To RSVP, please contact Andrea Schecter at aschecter@ei.columbia.edu or 212-851-0772. The event will be held in the Faculty Room in Low Library on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus.

 

 

Climate in the News

As world leaders gather in Cancun for the UN Climate Change Conference (the sixteenth Conference of the Parties on climate change), climate change has been in the news lately. First, scientists are predicting that by the end of the century, global temperatures could rise by FOUR degrees (not just two) due to climate change. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who believe that increases in the Earth’s temperature are caused by human activities has dropped to just 50% (down from 63% in 2003). A recent study correlates the economic downturn with American skepticism about climate change. Meanwhile, yesterday the Times had a good article on how Indonesia’s attempts to receive payments from Norway to reforest as a way of mitigating climate change are receiving sharp criticism from Greenpeace. Faced with international (and domestic) stagnation on climate change action, there are always individuals steps: the Philadelphia Eagles are planning to have their new stadium run completely on self-generated electricity. Here’s to hoping Cancun does better than Copenhagen.

GASLAND: Screening and Pipeline Discussion, Saturday, 11/6 (4-7:30)

Gasland Screening & Pipeline Discussion

Saturday, November 6, 2010 – 4:00pm

NO Gas Pipeline is pleased to announce the screening of GASLAND in Jersey City!

On Saturday, NO Gas Pipeline will be hosting a screening of GASLAND, the documentary which exposes the dangerous drilling practice known as “Fracking” which is used to extract natural gas from shale.  Fracking is polluting our water supply with toxins – Fracking is happening in the Marcellus Shale (adjacent to New Jersey) and it endangers our water supply.

The increase of the supply of natural gas in the region is the major reason why Spectra Energy wants to build a pipeline through the middle of Jersey City.

There will also be a panel discussion featuring Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy,  Councilman Sottolano, Councilman Fulop, Councilwoman Richardson, Councilman-At-Large Velazquez and Mike Benard, Founder of SpectraEnergyWatch.com.

Date:  November 6
Time:  4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Doors Open 3 PM

Location

Loew’s Jersey Theatre
54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (map)
201.798.6055
http://www.loewsjersey.org

Price

$10 Donation
Children under 15 accompanied by an adult are free

Please consider that your online donation of at least $10 will give you admittance to see Gasland. Click here or the “Donate” button below to donate by credit card, debit card or by PayPal. Print and bring your donation receipt as proof of donation.

About the film:

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

Editorial note: And if you’re looking for a tasty vegetarian Indian meal after the show, BLS ELS blogger recommends Sapthagiri, right down the street from the theater!

Innovative Approaches to Financing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings, WEDNESDAY, 11/3/10

Join the Pew Center on Global Climate Change on November 3, 2010 to discuss “Innovative Approaches to Financing Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings“.

Significant energy saving and carbon reduction opportunities exist in commercial buildings, but many go untapped due to financial barriers, such as lack of capital and relatively long payback periods. This FREE workshop will examine barriers and innovative solutions to financing energy efficiency in commercial buildings both in the private and public sectors.

Speakers will include:
Bruce Schlein, Citi
Ben Speed, Johnson Controls
Greg Hale, NRDC
Adam Hinge, Sustainable Energy Partnerships.

Logistics:
November 3, 2010 9 a.m.-noon
Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY
Point Carbon’s Carbon Market Insights Americas 2010 Conference
Free of charge

Find full workshop agenda here: http://www.pewclimate.org/docUploads/PointCarbon%20Workshop%20Agenda.pdf

For more information contact: Aisha Husain at husaina@pewclimate.org.

Energy and the Environment ADR Symposium at Cardozo Law School, 11/1/10