New Directions in Environmental Law Examines Innovation, Disruptive Strategies

The sixth annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference (NDEL 2016), co-hosted by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Yale Environmental Law Association at Yale Law School (YLS), will be held at the Law School on Feb. 26 and 27.
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Mark Tercek, left, and Christy Goldfuss
One of the largest student-run conferences at Yale, the event will feature keynote addresses by Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, and Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; a remote address by Bill McKibben, best-selling author and co-founder of; three conference-wide panels; and more than 10 breakout sessions under the theme of “Cascading Change: Innovation, Organizing, and Disruptive Strategies.”

Following this theme, the sessions will explore approaches to reshape and improve our legal, social, political, and physical environments by: engaging global environmental constituencies; reimagining energy infrastructure and regulations; recruiting corporate players and strategies; and creating robust collaborative solutions to environmental problems at all levels.

“The conference covers a lot of ground, and rightfully so,” said Josh Galperin, Clinical Director and Lecturer at YLS and Environmental Law and Policy Program Director at F&ES. “These issues and debates are key to successful environmental law and policy, and the program does not shy away from points of dispute or controversy.”

In addition to the keynote and opening speakers, more than 30 environmental lawyers, regulators, academics, and practitioners will share their expertise and discuss a wide range of topics covering today’s most pressing environmental concerns. NDEL 2016 will feature discussions on essential and emerging issues in environmental law and policy, including:

  • Innovation in military environmental policy
  • Organized labor and environmental law
  • Post-conflict environmental impact
  • Clean energy finance
  • Climate change litigation
  • State-level utility regulation
  • American Indian water rights
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Forest resiliency

“We are thrilled to be able to expand the conference to a two-day event this year, which allows us to bring even more of the nation’s leaders on environmental policy to campus,” said Stefanie Wnuck, ’16 M.E.M., NDEL conference co-chair. “And of course none of this would have been possible without our sponsors.”

NDEL 2016 is sponsored by the Eisenson Dean’s Discretionary Fund at Yale Law School, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Kenneth Raisler, and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. The conference is free for all members of the Yale community as well as New Haven residents.

For more information and to register, go to the official NDEL 2016 website or contact the NDEL 2016 Organizing Committee at You can also follow the conference live on Twitter using the hashtag #NDEL2016.