Environmental Law Section

  • Welcome to the Environmental Law Section
    Welcome to the Environmental Law Section The purpose of this Section is to bring together members of the New York State Bar Association who are interested in environmental law for furtherance of the public interest in an effective and fair legal framework for protection of the human and natural environment.
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    Environmental Law Section Annual Report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the Environmental Law Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • Upcoming Events
    • February 11 Agriculture and Rural Issues Webinar

      Environmental Law Section
      Committee on Agriculture and Rural Issues Committee

      The Committee will host a webinar on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from noon to 1:00 p.m. regarding agriculture and climate change - the challenges and opportunities for New York's farmers.

      Michael Hoffman, Executive Director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture, will make a presentation and answer participant questions.

      The webinar is open to all Environmental Law Section members.  It will be moderated by Committee Co-Chairs Liz Dribusch and Ruth Moore.

      Additional information will be available shortly.

      Please RSVP to Kathy Plog at kplog@nysba.org

    • Save the Date - March 30 - Green Building and Microgrids

      Environmental Law Section

      Building Greener and Building Faster: Recent Developments in Green Building and Microgrids, Environmental Review, and Climate Change

      Save the Date
      March 30, 2016
      8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

      Greenberg Traurig LLP
      200 Park Avenue
      New York, NY  10166

      This program will explore recent regulatory developments incentivizing energy conservation and distributed generation in commercial real estate buildings and also hear from those actually putting those strategies into place in the New York metropolitan area.  The program will also discuss the recent passage of the FAST Act in Washington, seeking to put a procedure in place for fast-tracking major infrastructure projects undergoing review under the National Environmental Policy Act, and the implications for New York projects and New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).  Finally, the program will also have a panel to discuss the latest with regard to climate change and resiliency, focusing on disclosure obligations for companies and the increasing need to incorporate consideration of climate change and resiliency considerations into environmental reviews under NEPA and SEQRA.

      Additional details and registration information will be available soon.

    • 2016 Fall Meeting in Cooperstown October 14-16: Save the Date!


      FALL MEETING - OCTOBER 14-16, 2016

      The Otesaga is reminiscent of a more genteel era when a gracious welcome was the standard. It exudes
      the charm and gracious hospitality of a bygone era. It blends perfectly with Cooperstown. Combining
      natural  beauty with an unhurried pace, Cooperstown is the ideal place to re-discover our nation’s past. 
      Cooperstown houses an unspoiled repository of merica’s heritage, rich in history, art, architecture and
      natural beauty. Some of the village’s key attractions include the National Baseball Hall of Fame and 
      Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, the Glimmerglass festival and the 
      Leatherstocking Golf Course. A convenient getaway distance from New York, Boston, Philadelphia
      and other Northeastern and mid-Atlantic cities, Cooperstown is easily accessible by car, rail and air. 
      Join your colleagues next  Fall at this family-friendly resort to earn some CLE credits, network 
      and enjoy beautiful Cooperstown, NY. 

      Mark Your Calendar to Save the Date for Next Fall.

  • Envirosphere- Blog

    About Envirosphere

    Welcome to Envirosphere, the blog created and managed by the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. The Section’s membership is extremely varied, as it includes attorneys from the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia.

    Envirosphere is intended to provide timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers from all of these varied sectors. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and general news of interest on the environmental front.

    To view Envirosphere, click here.

  • NY Environmental Lawyer


    The New York Environmental Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of environmental law on various topics, including climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds. Regular columns include  recent administrative and judicial cases, ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates and Section news. The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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