March 20, 2017

Climate change, trade agreements highlight ABA Environmental Summit of the Americas

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2017— The world’s leading environmental lawyers from across the Americas – North, South, Central and Caribbean countries – will gather to discuss environmental and energy issues at Environmental Summit of the Americas, March 29 at Loews Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Legal experts will discuss climate change and energy; extended producer responsibility; office, director, lender and parent company liability; permitting and social license; and the impact of trade on the environment. 

What:      Environmental Summit of the Americas
                Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

When:     Wednesday, March 29, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.             
Where:    Loews Hollywood
                1755 North Highland Ave.
                Hollywood, CA 90028           

Program highlights include:

“Climate Change and Energy/Environmental Policy” — Climate change issues and greenhouse gas emissions do not stop at the border. This panel will focus on issues impacting the Americas that warrant cooperation and collaboration, including efforts to implement the Paris Agreement.
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

“Permitting and Social License” — Many regions in the Americas are rich in geology of minerals and metals, but in order to explore and develop those resources, economic feasibility, environmental viability and public support must be gauged. In this session, experts will share the successes, failures and lessons learned from the Americas on permitting and social license to operate with the purpose to make extractive industries sustainable.
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

“Trade and the Environment” — The economic impact of trade agreements between the United States and other nations were one of the focal points of the recent U.S. presidential election, but little attention has been given to the environmental impacts of such agreements and how they aid or hinder environmental protection efforts both in the United States and across the Americas. Panelists in this session will discuss such agreements, focusing on the environmental protection requirements they contain.
4:15 - 5:30 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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