Episode 12 – Environmental Justice Policy Updates: What Environmental Professionals Need to Know
Environmental justice is a hot topic at the state and federal level, with emerging policies affecting everything from permitting decisions to company acquisitions and real estate transactions. Join Mary Ann Grena Manley, Founder and President of 15E Communications, and guest Matthew Karmel, Chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Law Group of Offit Kurman, for a conversation about recent policy and regulatory developments in environmental justice and practical impacts for environmental professionals. Discussion items include the intersection of EJ policy and energy policy, what states are leading the way on EJ issues, and how these regulatory changes affect specific projects.
About the Speaker:
|Matthew Karmel, Principal Attorney, Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law
Matthew Karmel is chair of the Environmental and Sustainability Law Group at Offit Kurman and founder of the Planetary Lawyer Project, a resource for helping lawyers do more climate-focused work. From Fortune 100 companies to individual homeowners, Mr. Karmel represents a wide variety of businesses and individuals in connection with the full range of environmental matters. He also speaks and writes regularly on the topic of environmental justice and represents companies in various industries that are working to address EJ in their operations and decisions.
About the Moderator:
|Mary Ann Grena Manley, Founder and President, 15E Communications LLC
Mary Ann is the Founder and President of 15E Communications LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that assists clients with communications strategy, content, business development, and public relations. Prior to founding 15E in 2020, Mary Ann managed Bloomberg Industry Group’s coverage and analysis of global Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability issues for more than 20 years. With experiences cutting across environmental law, policy analysis, journalism, and marketing, she most recently served as Deputy Editorial Director for Bloomberg Environment. Her areas of policy expertise include environmental compliance, environmental due diligence, risk management, brownfields redevelopment, sustainability, and ESG.