Tulane Environmental Law Summit Friday and Saturday!

Learn more about the 18th Annual Tulane Environmental Law Summit and hear speakers on green consumerism, coastal protection, and more!

Keynote Address Presented by Yvon Chouinard:  Corporate Responsibility, Patagonia Style 

In addition to his status as a climbing pioneer, Yvon Chouinard is the founder of outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia. Through his entrepreneurship, Mr. Chouinard has promoted improved workplace conditions while demonstrating the importance of corporate environmental awareness and responsibility. The company commits a percentage of profits to environmental activism, and strives to use environmentally friendly fabrics, such as organic cotton. The company’s corporate responsibility and environmental initiatives put it on the forefront of the environmental movement. Mr. Chouinard has published three books; his latest is The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s First 40 Years. Saturday, 2/23, 5:30pm. Weinman Hall, Tulane University.

Hurricane Sandy: Aftermath, Climate Change, and Adaptability 

Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call to the Atlantic Seaboard, similar to that of Katrina a few years before. Both New York and New Jersey have floated controversial proposals to buy damaged coastal properties to discourage coastal development and reduce future losses. The question of adaptability has come of age.

Participants: Jeffrey Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club; Edward Thomas, President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association; Rob Verchick, Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans and Adjunct Professor at the Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (Moderator). Friday, 2/22, 4pm. Weinman Hall, Tulane University.


Lessons of the BP Deepwater Horizon: Have We Learned Anything, and Is It Enough? 

Nearly three years after the spill, the extent of the environmental impacts of the BP explosion and spill are still largely unknown. This panel will discuss the lessons taught by the spill, whether these lessons have been learned, and the result of both on the future of environmental protection and energy development.

Participants: Robert Wiygul, Attorney at Waltzer & Wiygul; Eric N. Smith, Information Management Associate Director at the Tulane University Energy Institute; Bob Deans, Associate Director of Communications at the Natural Resources Defense Council; Mark Davis, Director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy (Moderator). Saturday, 2/23, 11:30am. Weinman Hall, Tulane University.


Dead Zone: Desert in the Gulf 

The Gulf Dead Zone has become America’s poster child for dying estuaries — the country’s largest challenge in water pollution control. This panel will discuss pending lawsuits attempting to force the federal government to curb fertilizer run-off in farmland throughout the Mississippi River basin and to set base guidelines for water quality and wastewater treatment. The panelists will also address other upriver mitigation efforts, such as wetland restoration, and present comparisons with other dead zones, such as that currently affecting Chesapeake Bay.

Participants: Bruce Morrison and Brook Spear, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center; Matt Rota, Gulf Restoration Network; Brett Korte, Tulane Law School, J.D. Candidate 2014 and Summit Chair (Moderator). Saturday, 2/23, 3:30pm. Weinman Hall, Tulane University.