Thursday, January 30, 2014

Panel on The Role of Regulation in Furthering Sustainability

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: The Venture Cafe, Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

WHY: This month's Boston Area Sustainability Group meeting is co-hosted by the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (coordinated by Boston Green Blog!) The theme of the evening is using legislation and regulation to promote environmental sustainability. As long as a capitalist economy fails to capture the costs of negative externalities, there is little incentive for corporations to reduce their environmental impact.  However, as shown through the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Dodd-Frank, among other local, national, and international laws, businesses are required to evaluate and report their risks and impacts.  That requirement can provide incentive for more sustainable actions. The following speakers will present information about successes and challenges in using regulation, legislation, and legal action to drive change for a more sustainable world.

  • Ann Brewster Weeks, Senior Counsel, Legal Director at Clean Air Task Force
  • Erica Mattison, Legislative Director, Environmental League of MA
  • Lea Reynolds, Senior Policy Analyst, M.J. Bradley & Associates, LLC, Concord MA
  • Steve Long, Director of Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy

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