News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • Sep 2, 2014- 12:15 PM
    CBA Environmental Law Committee Meeting
    Chicago Bar Association
    321 S. Plymouth Court

    As Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee, I invite you to join us for our next meeting, which will be held on September 2, 2014 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm at the Chicago Bar Association.  The speaker will be Kristen Laughridge Gale from Nijman Franzetti, LLP, and the topic will be “Recent Developments in Illinois Environmental Legislation”. 

  • Sep 25, 2014- 12:30 PM
    EPA Audit Policy Update: Traps for the Unwary & Strategies for Success Amid TSCA Reform and Next Generation Compliance Initiatives

    For more information on this event, please click here.

    Dave Scriven-Young will be speaking at this live webinar coming Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm central time.

    The EPA’s audit policy, “Incentives for Self-Policing: Discovery, Disclosure, and Prevention of Violations,” was developed back in 1995 to address the scope of “privilege” allowed for voluntary environmental audits and findings and offered incentives to perform audits where the findings were disclosed and promptly corrected. Benefits include reductions in civil penalties, possible elimination of gravity-based penalties, and possible avoidance of criminal prosecution.

    In 2012, this program was targeted for abandonment, but following industry objections, the program survived. Since 2012, there has been an ongoing discussion as to how the EPA’s audit policy should be crafted in light of political activity, federal budgetary cutbacks, and the issuance and introduction of other programs such as the “National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance” the “Next Generation Enforcement Initiative,” TSCA reform, the dismantling of EPA’s electronic reporting program, and the reduction of EPA inspections.

    Having a clear sense of how the EPA audit can benefit your organization, especially with the ongoing and likely continuing changes, is a challenging endeavor.  Clearly understanding your organization’s options is critical to making the right choices and now is a good to time to consider exactly how you should proceed.

    Join us on September 25 for this in-depth webinar. Our presenter, a seasoned environmental lawyer who has been actively involved with the EPA audit policy for many years, will discuss recent and proposed changes to the EPA audit policy, and give suggestions how best to take advantage of the policy to benefit your organization.

    You and your colleagues will learn:

    • Recent changes to the EPA audit policy, and why it’s important for you to know about the changes likely to occur in the future
    • How the EPA audit policy process actually work and the benefits—and potential drawbacks—of participation
    • The departments within your organization that should be weighing in on the company’s decision to participate
    • Where the EPA audit policy fits in with relation to other programs, directives, and actions such as “National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance” the “Next Generation Enforcement Initiative”, TSCA reform, the dismantling of EPA’s electronic reporting program, and the reduction of EPA inspections
    • How to identify and evaluate outside resources to help your organization determine if participation in the EPA audit policy is right for you and how to best move forward

  • Oct 3, 2014- 9:00 AM
    Friends of the Chicago River's 10th River Summit
    Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella
    330 North Wabash Avenue, 21st Floor

    Please join Friends of the Chicago River for the 10th River Summit on October 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the law offices of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella to explore this year’s topic: Rewilding and the Urban Environment.  At this special event, regional and national leaders in this field will answer questions like:

    -What sort of impact does rewilding have on restoring the functionality of ecosystems?

    -What type of expectations should we have for how rewilding can be supported in an urban environment?

    -What steps are currently being taken to strengthen the Chicago River ecosystem?


    Tickets are available for purchase here. Hope to see you at the Summit!

  • Oct 4, 2014- 10:00 AM
    Illinois Solar Tour

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    The Illinois Solar Tour, on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

    Home and business owners with renewable energy installations will open their homes to the public to share their passion, knowledge and experience of owning and living with renewable energy.

    Visit any site at any time between 10 am and 2 pm. Homeowners will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions.

    Attend the Solar Tour to:
    • Learn how home and business owners are utilizing solar and other clean energies to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and to become energy independent

    • Meet people who have renewable energy installations, learn why they did it, the process, what they love about it and lessons learned

    • Learn about the different technologies and see how they are installed

    • Hear how different renewable energy technologies work together

    • Find out all of the ways you can use clean energy to power your life.

  • Oct 30, 2014- 10:30 AM
    Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon
    Hilton Chicago
    720 S. Michigan Ave.

    For more information on this event, please click here.

    Openlands appreciates the power of art to give voice to landscapes, to help people engage with the natural world, and to allow a community to express its beliefs. The Openlands 2014 Annual Luncheon will focus on the capacity of public art to invite its audience into the natural landscape, inspiring and educating along the way.

    Wild flowers and tall trees, breezy lakeshores and wide prairies, serene wetlands and urban gardens all provide the focus of conservation work. But they also provide us daily artistic inspiration. As part of our mission to connect people to nature, Openlands has integrated a multitude of art forms into open spaces. Our partnership with Marwen and our Building School Gardens Program allow students to explore the relationship between community, nature and art. The art installations featured at the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve invite visitors to consider the role of art in our open spaces. Please join us at this year’s luncheon as we celebrate the enriching connection between nature and art.

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