Conservation Training

How Environmental Justice Law & Policy Has Been Shaping Great Lakes Protection & Restoration

December 4, 2023

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Online

There is an all too common misconception that environmental justice law is vague and toothless. In fact, environmental justice law is nearly ubiquitous and has been significantly altering environmental decision-making norms. This talk will address the ways that environmental justice law has already shaped and may in the future shape Great Lakes environmental protection and restoration. Specifically, the talk will define environmental justice law, summarize its history, and go through Great Lakes case studies that illustrate how this legal framework alters decision-making regarding pollution control, natural resources management, and energy regulation.

Bio: Oday Salim directs the Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, where he also co-directs the Environmental Law & Policy Program and teaches the Environmental Justice seminar. In addition, he is an attorney for the National Wildlife Federation in its Great Lakes Regional Center and the chair of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Justice Committee. Professor Salim has taught courses on environmental justice, energy regulation, and mineral law. As an attorney, his most recent work has addressed water affordability, oil pipelines, Clean Water Act permitting, stormwater management, and the public trust doctrine.