EEM Newsletter Fall/ Winter 2022-2023

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EEMI Conducts Wartime Symposium with Sixteen Ukrainian Delegates

On September 2, 2022, EEMI conducted a symposium on “Russia's War, the World's Food: The Successes and Challenges of Ukrainian Agricultural Producers in the Midst of War” in the Lehman Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Hall. The event was extraordinary in that it was conducted at the height Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and yet featured the presence of 16 Ukrainian delegates fresh from the war.

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EEMI Leads GW Delegation to COP27

EEMI Director of Operations Dr. Mukes Kapilashrami coordinated the planning and led a session by GW’s five-person delegation to COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in November 2022. The GW session, held in the UNFCCC Pavilion in the COP27 Blue Zone, on November 17, 2022, was entitled “Eco-Smart Inclusive Governance.”

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EEMI Hosts Climate Training for Federal Judges

On August 29, 2022, the GW EEMI, in conjunction with the Environmental Law Institute, hosted a half-day seminar for federal judges in the Lehman Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Hall. The seminar, entitled “Seminar on Climate Science and the Energy Transition in Climate Litigation,” was the latest version of the multi-year Climate Judiciary Project in which EEMI and the ELI are cooperating. The objective of the program is to provide neutral, objective information to the judiciary about climate science and law. This is especially important today because of the exponential increase our nation is experiencing in terms of climate-related litigation at all levels.

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Prof. Deason Serves as Plenary Speaker at Natural Resources Symposium

On September 19, 2022, EEMI Director Jonathan Deason served as the opening plenary speaker for the second day of the 2022 Natural Resources Symposium that was held in the GW Law School. Other speakers included Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean of the George Washington University Law School; Roger Martella, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, GE; Jordan Diamond, President, Environmental Law Institute; John Cruden, former Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources; Sally Fisk, Chief Counsel - Environmental & Sustainability Law, Pfizer, Inc.; Nathaniel Keohane, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; and Emily Sanford Fisher, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Edison Electric Institute.

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News of EEM Students and Faculty

News of EEM Students and Faculty from the Fall and Winter 2022-2023

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UNFCCC Secretariat Awards Climate Change Research Grant to EEMI

On September 27, 2022, GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute was awarded a grant from the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop a guide for participants in UNFCCC climate change processes. The project includes preparing three asynchronous web-based courses providing an orientation to compliance and implementation requirements under the Paris Agreement as well as background on law and governance foundations underlying the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

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EEMI Works with European Commission on Energy, Climate and Geopolitical Challenges Related to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

During the Fall and Winters semesters, GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute worked with European Commission counterparts on joint efforts to address energy, climate and geopolitical challenges related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A key event in that process was a September 19, 2022 meeting with EC officials Daniel Calleja Crespo (Director General, Legal Service of the European Commission), Dr. Klára Talabér-Ritz (Legal Service of the European Commission), Vassilis Coutifaris, (Senior Public Diplomacy Officer, Delegation of the EU to the US), and Mercedes García Pérez (Head of Global Issues and Innovation, Delegation of the EU to the US).

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EEMI Conducts and Participates in a Series of High Impact Symposia

During the Fall and Winters semesters, GW’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute conducted a number of high impact symposia in key environmental and energy issues on the world stage.

Newsletter Editor: Sierra Gabriel

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