Corporate Role in the Environmental Protection Enterprise

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Since the 1970s, government and industry have evolved significantly, but has the environmental regulatory system kept pace? With real-time diagnostics, cutting edge compliance management systems, and an underlying focus on sustainability as good economic practice in many industry sectors, compliance is increasingly self-policed and self-corrected. Increasingly, companies are regulating their supply chains in ways that drive environmental performance.

There is much discussion about “cooperative federalism” and the need to ensure that environmental program administration reflects the significant expertise and experience state environmental agencies now have after decades of administrating environmental protection laws. This is the subject of The Macbeth Dialogues, a cooperative effort of ELI,  the Environmental Council of States (ECOS), and the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL), undertaken in memory and honor of a pillar of the environmental law community, the late Angus Macbeth.

But what would changes to the cooperative federalism model mean for the business community?  How do corporations look at the tension between national consistency and local flexibility?  More fundamentally, with private governance systems increasingly finding and solving compliance problems without the intervening hand of government, how might the government role be re-envisioned in a way that aligns with, reflects, and harnesses this phenomenon?

Should environmental governance move away from a top-down, law enforcement model to an “environmental protection enterprise” in which the states and federal government, the private sector, and the public all play key roles?  These are among the questions that will be considered at ELI’s 2017 Corporate Forum.

**Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) – Moderator
**Richard DeSanti, Chief Environmental & Safety Counsel, Chevron Corporation
**John Lovenburg, Vice President, Environmental, BNSF Railway
**Todd Parfitt, Director, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
**Janet Peace, Senior Vice President, Policy and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
**Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

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