Jun

    The Latest Developments in the Corporate Environmental/Sustainability Disclosure Arena

    1 PM EDT

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    Environmental Disclosure Committee

    PRESENT:

    The Latest Developments in the Corporate Environmental/Sustainability Disclosure Arena

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
    Via Teleconference

    CLE credit - No
    Dial information will be distributed the morning of the call to all who registered.

    Program Overview

    As the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board rumbles past the halfway marker of its self-appointed task of creating disclosure metrics for 88 industries in 10 sectors by the end of 2016, and GRI predicts that by 2025 sustainability reports as we know them will be replaced by real-time data transparency on sustainability matters, the fields of environmental and sustainability reporting are in the full throes of unprecedented, dynamic change.  Shareholder resolutions, the broad spectrum of responses to those resolutions, and recent shareholder class action suits are just a few of the fault lines that have recently developed, as the tectonic plates of disclosure expectation and practice shift rapidly.  This webinar will explore the underpinnings and potential consequences of some of the salient recent developments. 

    Speaker: 
    Jeffrey A. Smith has been a partner in the Environment, Energy and Resources group at Crowell & Moring LLP, which handles a broad spectrum of environmental and energy matters throughout the country, since 2012.  Previously, Jeff was the founder and partner in charge of the environmental practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, financings and underwritings nationally and internationally in all industries. Jeff provides day-to-day counseling on environmental management and corporate governance issues, environmental issues of interest to the SEC, shareholder relations involving environmental matters and environmental issues arising in transactions and litigation.  Jeff frequently speaks on environmental issues, including guest lectures at Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, NYU and Pace law schools. He was the first Chairman of the ABA’s Special Committee on Environmental Disclosure. He has written a chapter on SEC disclosure issues in real estate transactions in the ABA book Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions; chapters on SEC disclosure and officers’ and directors’ fiduciary obligations for the ABA treatise Global Climate Change and U.S. Law; articles in the Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, the Carbon and Climate Law Review and the Capital Markets Law Journal on corporate environmental disclosure; an article on the implications of global warming on business transactions, published in the N.Y.U. Journal of Law and Business; and a series of articles on climate change in the U.S. courts and an article examining the consequences of home rule for hydrofracking, both published in Environmental Liability. In October 2007, Jeff testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs regarding potential SEC requirements for disclosure relating to climate change leading up to the SEC’s 2008 Guidance Memorandum on this issue.  Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    Moderator:
    David A. Roth has over 25 years of experience in the representation of companies, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex environmental, health and safety matters. He assists clients in successfully resolving compliance and enforcement issues that arise under federal and state statutes, including New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and Right-to-Know laws.

    Mr. Roth’s practice includes counseling clients engaged in state brownfields redevelopment and other cleanup projects. He works with consultants and experts to develop cost effective strategies for complying with site investigation and remediation rules and guidance, including under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (TRSR) and Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) rules and Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program.

    Q&A

    If you wish to submit questions to the speakers as part of the Q&A session, please email such questions to the Moderator, David Roth, at droth@greenbaumlaw.com with the subject line “Sustainability Disclosure Developments”.

    For any other questions please contact:
    Dana Jonusaitis at (312) 988-5602 or Dana.Jonusaitis@americanbar.org

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    The Latest Developments in the Corporate Environmental/Sustainability Disclosure Arena

    Event Details

    Format

    Teleconference

    Date

    Jun 24, 2015

    2015-06-24T13:00:00-04:00 2015-06-24T14:00:00-04:00 The Latest Developments in the Corporate Environmental/Sustainability Disclosure Arena

    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
    Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
    Environmental Disclosure Committee

    PRESENT:

    The Latest Developments in the Corporate Environmental/Sustainability Disclosure Arena

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
    Via Teleconference

    CLE credit - No
    Dial information will be distributed the morning of the call to all who registered.

    Program Overview

    As the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board rumbles past the halfway marker of its self-appointed task of creating disclosure metrics for 88 industries in 10 sectors by the end of 2016, and GRI predicts that by 2025 sustainability reports as we know them will be replaced by real-time data transparency on sustainability matters, the fields of environmental and sustainability reporting are in the full throes of unprecedented, dynamic change.  Shareholder resolutions, the broad spectrum of responses to those resolutions, and recent shareholder class action suits are just a few of the fault lines that have recently developed, as the tectonic plates of disclosure expectation and practice shift rapidly.  This webinar will explore the underpinnings and potential consequences of some of the salient recent developments. 

    Speaker: 
    Jeffrey A. Smith has been a partner in the Environment, Energy and Resources group at Crowell & Moring LLP, which handles a broad spectrum of environmental and energy matters throughout the country, since 2012.  Previously, Jeff was the founder and partner in charge of the environmental practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, financings and underwritings nationally and internationally in all industries. Jeff provides day-to-day counseling on environmental management and corporate governance issues, environmental issues of interest to the SEC, shareholder relations involving environmental matters and environmental issues arising in transactions and litigation.  Jeff frequently speaks on environmental issues, including guest lectures at Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Georgetown, NYU and Pace law schools. He was the first Chairman of the ABA’s Special Committee on Environmental Disclosure. He has written a chapter on SEC disclosure issues in real estate transactions in the ABA book Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions; chapters on SEC disclosure and officers’ and directors’ fiduciary obligations for the ABA treatise Global Climate Change and U.S. Law; articles in the Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, the Carbon and Climate Law Review and the Capital Markets Law Journal on corporate environmental disclosure; an article on the implications of global warming on business transactions, published in the N.Y.U. Journal of Law and Business; and a series of articles on climate change in the U.S. courts and an article examining the consequences of home rule for hydrofracking, both published in Environmental Liability. In October 2007, Jeff testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs regarding potential SEC requirements for disclosure relating to climate change leading up to the SEC’s 2008 Guidance Memorandum on this issue.  Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

    Moderator:
    David A. Roth has over 25 years of experience in the representation of companies, businesses and individuals in a wide variety of complex environmental, health and safety matters. He assists clients in successfully resolving compliance and enforcement issues that arise under federal and state statutes, including New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and Right-to-Know laws.

    Mr. Roth’s practice includes counseling clients engaged in state brownfields redevelopment and other cleanup projects. He works with consultants and experts to develop cost effective strategies for complying with site investigation and remediation rules and guidance, including under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (TRSR) and Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS) rules and Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program.

    Q&A

    If you wish to submit questions to the speakers as part of the Q&A session, please email such questions to the Moderator, David Roth, at droth@greenbaumlaw.com with the subject line “Sustainability Disclosure Developments”.

    For any other questions please contact:
    Dana Jonusaitis at (312) 988-5602 or Dana.Jonusaitis@americanbar.org

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