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Thursday, January 24, 2013

News Conference: Legal & Policy Pathways for Energy Innovation

The announcement:

The University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences welcomes submissions of papers or complete panels for its April 24–25, 2013, conference on Legal & Policy Pathways for Energy Innovation. 

This conference at the University of Minnesota will bring together leading scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and business people to discuss how to make critical progress on energy law and policy. The panels will focus on four primary topics: (1) clean energy infrastructure; (2) environmental and energy governance; (3) climate, energy, and environmental justice; (4) sustainable regions and communities. 

The conference goal is to address current energy law and policy challenges, particularly at the intersection of environmental law and policy. First, we do not have the legal, institutional, or physical infrastructure to transition to cleaner energy sources. Second, we do not have effective governance strategies for complex, multi-level problems that predominate at the intersection of environmental and energy law. Third, the relevant law results in low-income communities of color disproportionately bearing the environmental burdens of our energy and other industries without reaping the benefits of clean, low-cost energy or open space. Fourth, many U.S. metropolitan areas lack effective regional approaches to land-use, power, and transportation and suffer from dysfunctional dynamics between core cities and their suburbs and exurbs. 

Please submit proposals (1 page or less) to lawvalue@umn.edu by March 1, 2013.  Proposals should include: —the names and email addresses of the submitter/s —the title of the proposed paper or panel —a brief description of the paper or panel and which of the four streams the proposal connects to: (1) clean energy infrastructure; (2) environmental and energy governance; (3) climate, energy, and environmental justice; (4) sustainable regions and communities. It is fine if it connects to more than one.  Please contact Prof. Hari Osofsky at hosofsky@umn.edu for more information.

Steve Clowney

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